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This story appears in the December 1996 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Mike and Becky Busath were thrilled when sales took off right after they opened Stone Ground Bread Company, a specialty-bread bakery in San Antonio. All of their planning and research seemed to be paying off.

Just two months after they opened, however, one last snag nearly scuttled their plans: The city health department refused to give the Busaths a health permit until they'd received a permanent-occupancy permit from another city department. The problem was that their permanent-occupancy permit was held up in a seemingly endless round of city inspections of the bakery's equipment.

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