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I am opening a Tattoo studio art Gallery in Arlington and before i signed a lease i checked to see if it was zoned for this and its zoned for CC and should be good to go. now when i went in they told me i would need a special usage permit and that could take min of 90 days to go before the city council, Need to know if there is any way around this like a temporary permit or if we can open before we obtain the CO..any answers would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Clay,

Thanks for your e-mail and I am sorry for the delay.

Congratultions on your business.  Yo probaby found the answer to your question already, however, here is input.  Call the county Occupational License Department and ask if you can either have a temporary license that grants you the permit for starting your business right away or allow you to operate with an "Applied For" License.

Visit and read about occupational license requirments.

I wis you success in your Tatoo Art Gallery.


Consuelo DiGuglielo

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I can answer all type of questions concerning small businesses, especially those dealing with business decision-making, tax-saving considerations, tax-saving strategies, financing, writing business plans, accounting matters, budgeting, etc. I would love to provide people suggestions on how to prevent and detect fraud so that owners start by being proactive in protecting their wealth since the very beginning of their entrepreneurial affairs. I can answer questions to both English and Spanish population. I am very committed to keep my standards up today so I know many resources where I can direct those seeking advice.


As financial consultant I have advised all type of private companies in two countries and I have seen their growth and success over time. I worked for more than ten years in one of the largest banks in Colombia where I occupied different positions of increasing responsibility: head of the credit department, head of the international trade dept, analyst of the strategic planning dept. Working for a US CPA firm I was in charge of different engagements for start-up businesses, etc.

AICPA (American Association of Certified Public Accountants), ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners), ACFEI (American College of Forensic Examiners, USF Alumni.

Bachelors of Sciences in Business Administration Accounting University of South Florida USF Tampa Florida Catholic University Colombia Title earned: Specialist in Tax and Customs Central Foundation University Colombia Title earned: Certified Public Accountant. On August, 2006 I passed all four sections of the Certified Fraud Exam which tests for proficiency in the following areas: Criminology and Ethics, Financial Transactions, Legal Elements of Fraud, and Fraud Investigation.

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As employee of Forensic Technology Inc. a Canadian company with locations and sites worldwide, I was the winner of the 2005 President's award in the category of Cost Savings through Efficiency or Innovation granted in January 2006 in Montreal, Canada.

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