Carolyn's story: How onerous licensing requirements hurt would-be entrepreneurs

When Carolyn Davis' son lost his job in the construction industry, they decided to start a moving company called All-Pro Movers.

"We didn't have a big truck, but our target market was small apartments and we thought it could work out," says Davis.

Davis' business was only off the ground for six weeks when they were caught in a sting operation by the Nevada Department of Transportation for not having an approved business license.

"Movers are what I call a protected industry," said Davis, "but they're really hurting consumers who would benefit from having more choices."

Davis was fined nearly $1,500 and her application process will take anywhere from six to eighteen months to be approved.

"To not be able to do business from a minimum of six months to a year and half makes no sense," said Davis, "just because you're waiting on a license."

Yesterday, the Nevada Policy Research Institute, which publishes Nevada Journal, released a study on economic development, The Path to Sustainable Prosperity, which details steps Nevada needs to take to encourage entrepreneurs like Carolyn. The study is available at

Kyle Gillis is a reporter for Nevada Journal, a publication of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. For more in-depth reporting, visit and

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