Establishing a new business, requires careful planning. The number of details to be considered often amazes and sometimes discourages persons venturing into business for the first time. The following information has been compiled to assist prospective new business owners. The objective of this section is to provide a directory of sources of information, licenses, and permits, and to give an indication of the legal requirements that may affect new business owners. Although the information deals specifically with the New Orleans area, much of it is also applicable to other parts of Louisiana.