To get a business license, find the central government offices for your town, city, or county. Alexandria is very user friendly, and has a one-stop permit area right in City Hall. Representatives will take your information and help you through the system, navigating you through whether you need permits, like a home occupancy permit, whether there are any zoning issues, and issuing business licenses. They can also explain what kinds of local taxes you can expect to pay for your business.
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