Dickinson Business Licenses | VideoAlex Hagan | 8/27/2012
Lyons Concrete construction is one of many new businesses in Dickinson. The oil industry and the great economy had much to do with it.
"We came out, and things we`re going so well out here, that we decided to move our whole company out here," said Jeremy Lyons of Lyons Concrete Construction LLC.
Over the past few years, the Queen City has welcomed many new businesses, and that number is growing.
"In the last two years, a quarter of our memberships has joined. We`ve got over 500 now, we`ve been around since 1973," said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cooper Whitman.
However, city leaders are overwhelmed with so many companies looking to move to Dickinson.
"If our population estimates come to fruition, we`re going to see a doubling of a population, therefore, great amount of businesses coming to town," said City Administrator Shawn Kessel.
Creating a city business license directory to track all the establishments is one solution to the problem.
"We may have businesses located in our community we`ve never had before, and to make sure that we`re aware of them coming as soon as possible, it will make us plan for their arrival," said Kessel.
But that could mean extra work for the city and local businesses.
"One more thing for a business to do, we want to be as business friendly as possible," said Kessel.
But some companies support the idea of a business license.
"I came from actually Las Vegas, Nevada, where we get a lot of fly by night contractors in town, where they come in, they do something and then they get out and never find them again, and I`m afraid that`s starting to happen around here a little bit," said Lyons.
City leaders plan to discuss the option in the near future. The city commission rejected a proposal for a city business license just a year ago.