Businesses no matter where they are located have to turn a profit yes but they also face regulations from the local governments, it's a fact of life. Most business owners tend to whine whenever they hear of a new regulation or law being enacted because yes, in the short term those new laws can cut into your bottom line.
In many cases however the long term effect is quite beneficial. A good example of this is the regulations overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA). The outcry over complying with OSHA regulations was enormous. Many companies flat out refused to follow the OSHA guidelines (Might I say that a good number of them were no longer in business after the fines), others immediately complied but grumbled. OSHA has been in effect and almost all of those companies that were grumbling have seen benefit from it.
Probably one of the biggest direct benefits is in the lowered number of Workman's Comp claims. No you cannot totally eliminate claims because you will always have those clumsy ones who could sustain injury in a locked padded cell, but for the most part the attention OSHA has focused on safety in the workplace has paid off. That is the direct benefit but there is an indirect benefit too. Since you have less workers getting injured on the job, you have less workers laid up on sick leave so productivity is increased.
Another benefit of OSHA is that in a lot of cases, it restricts cutomers to "Safe" areas such as a waiting room. Customers who are not in the work areas don't get injured by your equipment or working conditions meaning lawsuits have also gone down. But when it was introduced business owners were only looking at the immediate effect to the wallet.
Now we have the government coming out with more regulations this time concerning information security and in the State of Massachutsetts, they are whining about complying with the laws. Why? Because it is "too costly". And a class action suit by customers whose information is not costly? Losing customers because they don't trust you to protect their information isn't costly? Facing fines from Federal and State enforcement agencies isn't costly?
If you are going to be in business then you are going to have the resposibility to comply with regulations. It much less painful to comply with them on the front end knowing you will reap the benefits on the back end than to not comply and risk losing it all. Quit whining and take care of business!