Increase flexibility and ease requirements for small businesses to open and stay afloat

Ease requirements to start a business and reduce costs.

Entrepreneurs often need permission from multiple state agencies to open a business. But permits and rules for getting started can be complex, while paperwork and high fees force business owners to divert valuable time and resources away from their ventures. Officials should work to reduce red tape that places undue burdens on job creators.

Allow businesses to operate where they need to and meet customers where they are at. 

Many brick-and-mortar businesses have had to dramatically limit the number of customers served in light of social distancing measures or have had to shut down altogether.  Allowing restaurants, salons, retail stores, and others to continue to provide their services through whatever means makes sense—home-based businesses, mobile vending, and otherwise outside of brick-and-mortar facilities—would unleash new opportunities.

Allow the food and beverage industry to adapt how they serve customers.

Small waivers, such as allowing to-go alcohol beverage sales, can have a big impact on the ability of restaurants to stay afloat and retain employees.  In states that have allowed to-go alcohol sales during the pandemic, for instance, there have been increased take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery options that have helped restaurants and benefitted patrons.  Removing limits on food and beverage services can help the entire industry survive.

Recognize licensure across state borders.

Especially now, as many are uprooting and moving away from city centers or back in with family, interstate mobility is more important than ever. States should universally recognize out-of-state licenses and government certifications if the worker is currently licensed in another state.

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