I am well on my way to a booth at the Thursday Street Market. Before I could get a booth, I had to get a business license. Here in Saipan, it usually takes three months to get a business license. YIKES! I suppose many people were complaining so they implemented Expedite Fridays. However, because of Austerity Friday, the expedited process is only available once every other week. Because of that, I have already missed two Street Market nights.

An applicant can receive his business license on Friday if he first get a clearance check and compliance check. That was a difficult task for me as the tax clearance section kept on losing my paperwork. But in just under two weeks, I was able to move through the bureaucracy and get my forms in time for Expedite Friday. I arrived at the office at 7:40 a.m. and luckily there was only one other person there. I received my business license at 8:20 a.m., which officially makes me a lawyer, artist, business woman, and entrepreneur – the many hats that I wear.

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