Thursday, May 21, 2020

Burien joins 20 King County cities with combined licensing

Official seal of Burien, WashingtonBurien is the newest partner of the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS). Today, Burien becomes the 21st city in King County to join the service that also supports nearby Federal Way, SeaTac, and Tukwila.

Now, thousands more King County businesses will benefit from the system that connects state and local license registration and renewals with Revenue’s familiar, streamlined solution.

Burien was incorporated in 1993 west of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It has grown rapidly with new residents and annexation to become one of Washington's top 25 largest cities with a population of more than 52,000.

Like more than 40 cities in Washington, Burien levies a local business and occupation tax -- often called "B&O tax."

BLS already supports most of the cities that have a local B&O tax. These cities may use on-demand reporting to export data from the Department of Revenue's secure system. Configured data can then be uploaded to any of the various systems that individual cities use to manage their local tax administration.

BLS support services are provided for free to all of its 132 municipal partners.

Welcome, Burien!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mill Creek commerce gets a boost with BLS

The newest partner of the state Business Licensing Service has been ranked as one of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live".

Mill Creek in Snohomish County is southeast of Everett and home to 20,00 residents who live in the friendly neighborhoods that have expanded since the city's incorporation in 1983.

In 2013, Money ranked Mill Creek 36th best small town in the nation by calculating factors such as the local economy, housing, schools, public safety and a sense of community.

At its center is Mill Creek Town Center along Bothell-Everett Highway with dozens of local businesses that have grown steadily for the past 20 years.

All of the businesses now will get an easier process for licensing with state agencies and nearby cities like Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace and many more.

Welcome, Mill Creek.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Union Gap joins BLS

The city of Union Gap today is bridging a gap by connecting with its Yakima Valley neighbors as a partner in the state Business Licensing Service.

The streamlined service connects more than 130 communities across Washington state, including nearly 20 along Interstate 82.

More Yakima Valley communities including Harrah, Mattawa, Naches, and Tieton join later this year.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

South Bend: A new pearl in BLS partnership

Picture of the South Bend waterfront in 1911.
Source: Wikimedia Commons, photo by Asahel Curtis
The self-proclaimed “Oyster Capital of the World” is a pearly new member of the state Business Licensing Service (BLS) network.

Today, BLS welcomes South Bend as its 130th local partner.

Incorporated in 1890 on the shore of Willapa Bay, South Bend's economy has long been kept afloat by fishing, shellfish harvesting, and tourism. A park by the fishing harbor even features a concrete sculpture of the "World Largest Oyster." 

South Bend is the first of 16 cities southwest Washington cities to link up to the streamlined service over the next year. Its neighbor Raymond joins the service later this spring and seven communities in nearby Grays Harbor County will join by early 2021.



Oysters are harvested from Willapa Bay near South Bend. Source: Wikimedia Commons, zak11527.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

By George! BLS has a new Central Washington partner

Q: What Grant County city celebrates the Fourth of July by serving locals cherry pie?

A: We cannot tell a lie -- It's George, Washington!

The city of George, Washington, has another reason to celebrate today. It's the newest member of the state Business Licensing Service (BLS).
This statue of the Father of Our Country
is fittingly located in George, Washington.
(source: CityOfGeorge.org)

The city was founded on July 4,1957, with a celebration featuring cherry pies. The popular pies are still shared at the city's annual Independence Day celebrations, including a record-breaking 1000-pound cherry pie served in 2012.

George is located in the middle of the state and got its name as a clever homage to the Father of Our Country. The city of 500 is connecting to nearby Quincy, Othello and other cities in the state's streamlined service for business licensing processes.

'Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies' is the name of the sculpture artwork that makes up Wild Horse Monument on a bluff near George, Washington, that overlooks the Vantage Bridge on Interstate 90


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Longtime link in regional commerce, Kalama joins BLS

The Kalama River starts in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
near the famous volcano Mount St. Helens.
Home to hundreds of local businesses and nearly 3,000 residents, the city of Kalama today is the newest partner of the state Business Licensing Service (BLS).

The city is along the Lower Columbia River in a serendipitous location where "rail meets sail." It's a historic linchpin of regional commerce because western railroads laid tracks to this city alongside the wide river channel that became a gateway to Pacific Rim trade.

Kalama shares its name with the eponymous river that starts south of Mount St. Helens and winds its way to the lower Columbia River. The Cowlitz County community is now linked to dozens of southwest Washington cities to connect state and local licensing processes.

The Kalama River flows into the lower Columbia River
where outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Waterville joins BLS

The town of Waterville is the newest partner of the state Business Licensing Service.

The Douglas County community that is north of Wenatchee and east of Chelan was founded the same year as the state of Washington in 1889. It has about dozens of local businesses that can now link state and local licenses in a combined renewal process.

Waterville will soon be joined in BLS partnership by regional neighbors Chelan, Coulee Dam, Entiat, Grand Coulee, and Omak.