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Apply for a business license

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San Francisco, CA 60 http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=4239 Propose Revisions
Palo Alto, CA 60 http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/business/business_licenses_and_permits.asp No business certificate required right now. On March 2, it will be and it will be online. Propose Revisions
Louisville, KY 50 http://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/services/start-or-expand-your-business Propose Revisions
Macon, GA 50 Propose Revisions
Providence, RI 50 http://www.providenceri.com/economic-development Spanish and English language options easy to find. Easy to access but pdf guide for businesses ( http://pvd.me/efile/5410). All forms are pdfs. Error for FAQ business page (http://www.providenceri.com/license/faqs) results in “You are not authorized to access this page.” A more mobile friendly version of the site would be great - my phone had the full desktop version. The business tab was missing on when I looked on my phone. Propose Revisions
Central Falls, RI 50 http://www.centralfallsri.us/ After Cranston, this site was lovely and easy to navigate. I like that many pages had a comment section so people could contact departments that way (in addition to the email, phone, and mailing info). Making the pdfs easier to complete and submit online is my only suggestion. Propose Revisions
Blacksburg, VA 50 http://www.blacksburg.gov/Index.aspx?page=279 Propose Revisions
Norfolk, VA 50 http://norfolkdevelopment.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126&Itemid=169 Propose Revisions
Elk Grove, CA 40 https://buslicense.elkgrovecity.org/business-license/ Propose Revisions
Sacramento, CA 40 http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/Finance/Revenue/Business-Operation-Tax/Apply-for-a-Business-Operation-Tax-Account Printable PDF form Propose Revisions
Santa Clarita, CA 40 http://econdev.santa-clarita.com/business-advantages/business-resources-2/ The city dose not require business licesning. All licensing is done via the County of Los Angeles Propose Revisions
Matthews, NC 40 http://www.matthewsnc.gov/ Propose Revisions
St Louis, MO 40 https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/sldc/economic-development/business-services/Business-Assistance-Center.cfm could be made easier to navigate from home page. a google search does help pull up the page faster. Propose Revisions
Cranston, RI 40 http://www.cranstonri.com/generalpage.php?page=46 An internet search with various related key phrases helps find the right link. Figuring this out from out from the City page was more difficult: you needed to figure out the department, and if you did, there was only phone and maybe the email contacts for a couple of people. The physical address for the city hall was there, but not the specific location of these departments. The information was only in English. The state website was better (http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/): it had access to online forms as well as downloadable pdfs (I am unsure if this was just the state documentation). This site was also useful: http://www.cityapplications.com/business-licenses/RI-Rhode-Island/biz-Cranston.html Propose Revisions
Virginia Beach, VA 40 https://citizenaccess.vbgov.com/ Propose Revisions
Nashville, TN 40 http://www.nashvilleclerk.com/business/ Propose Revisions
Boston, MA 40 http://www.cityofboston.gov/business/str_bus.asp Propose Revisions
Curitiba,BR 30 http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/conteudo/sobre-o-alvara-comercial/355 Propose Revisions
Portsmouth, VA  30 http://www.portsmouthva.gov/forms/index.aspx#Permits Propose Revisions
West Sacramento, CA 30 http://cityofwestsacramento.org/city/depts/comdev/business_licenses/business_license_application.asp PDF application: mail or counter submission Propose Revisions
Raleigh, NC 30 Propose Revisions
South Bend, IN 30 http://southbendin.gov/business/service/business-licenses Propose Revisions
Newport News, VA  30 http://www.nnva.gov/330/Commissioner-of-the-Revenue Propose Revisions
Davis, CA 30 http://administrative-services.cityofdavis.org/fiscal-services/business-licenses There is a printable PDF form Propose Revisions
Atlanta, GA 30 http://www.atlantaga.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16630 Propose Revisions
Roseville, CA 30 http://www.roseville.ca.us/gov/finance/licensing/business.asp Propose Revisions
Warner Robins, GA 30 Propose Revisions
Cleveland, OH 30 http://portal.cleveland-oh.gov/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/Finance/PurchasesSupplies/VendorInformation?_piref34_1510383_34_1510373_1510373.tabstring=VendorForms This report is about becoming a vendor to do business with the city. In Ohio, the state licenses businesses. Propose Revisions
East Providence, RI 30 http://www.eastprovidence.com/content/660/default.aspx Website links to an offsite whole RI business page. Propose Revisions
Oklahoma City, OK 30 http://www.okc.gov/DevServices/DevCenter/businesslicense.html Propose Revisions
Newport, RI 20 http://www.cityofnewport.com/businesses Business application form found as a PDF, yet there is no info about where to physically submit it. Propose Revisions
Richmond, VA 20 http://www.yesrichmondva.com/local-business-assistance/BusinessCenter Seems to be split between yesrichmondva.com advice and richmondgov.com Propose Revisions
Pittsburgh, PA 20 http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/licenses The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections address is available. No hours are posted on the page. Propose Revisions
Oakland, CA 20 http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityAdministration/d/EconomicDevelopment/DOWD006166 Propose Revisions
Suffolk, VA 20 http://www.suffolkva.us/comrev/faqs/ site about reasons to start but no visible way to start a new business easily www.yessuffolk.com Propose Revisions
Pawtucket, RI 10 The website needs to be updated to be mobile and millenial friendly, I would restructure the home page to include popularly asked questions/ search query terms. make sure i have a shallow link structure Propose Revisions
Tulsa, OK 0 I couldn't find a page that can inform me about starting a business in Tulsa Propose Revisions
Tulsa, OK 0 I couldn't find a page that can inform me about starting a business in Tulsa Propose Revisions
Woonsocket, RI 0 Couldn't find this anywhere on the city's website. Propose Revisions
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