Thursday, July 30, 2020

BLS welcomes Coulee Dam

The Town of Coulee Dam is joining neighbor Grand Coulee as a state Business Licensing Service partner.

The cities on the Columbia Plateau are just two of the dozens of Washington cities along the banks of the Columbia River connected by BLS. The 1243 mile-long river supports communities the grew with expansions in agriculture, hydroelectricity, and tourism  and BLS helps those cities manage their commerce.

Coulee Dam is BLS partner number 145 with another 40+ cities slated to join BLS through next summer.

Welcome, Coulee Dam.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Chelan shores up its business with BLS

Lake Chelan as viewed from the Lakeshore Trail.
The view from the city of Chelan is as lovely as ever today as the idyllic lakeside community becomes the 144th BLS city partner.

Chelan is home to 5,000 residents at the southeast tip of its namesake lake  a glacier-fed 52-square mile reservoir with a shoreline dotted by resorts, wineries, parks, and other attractions.

All incorporated cities in Chelan County  world-famous for its fruit orchards  are connected by BLS. Chelan is now joined with Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and others in boosting commerce by linking to the state’s one-stop service that connects state and city licensing processes.

With two million visitors yearly, the Lake Chelan area is among
the most popular Pacific Northwest recreation destinations.

Monday, July 27, 2020

ATLAS System Updates Training Session - Sign Up

ATLAS System Updates Training Sessions

To support your work with the ATLAS system updates, our team is offering training sessions to demonstrate these enhancements:
All sessions will cover the same information.
  • August 25:  9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.
  • August 26:  9 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.
  • August 27:  9 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

Click here to register for one session by August 7.

~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lynden links to Revenue’s streamlined licensing solution

The state Business Licensing Service (BLS) is jumping double-dutch for joy as it starts partnership with the city of Lynden today.

Just five miles south of the Canadian Border, Lynden was settled in the late 1800s by many Dutch families and those of Dutch descent. It retains its unique character with Dutch-inspired architecture prominent throughout the community.

With nearly 15,000 residents, Lynden is now linked to its neighbors including Bellingham, Blaine, and Ferndale as it adds the streamlined service for state and local licensing. Famous for its annual Raspberry Festival, Lynden supports hundreds of businesses that will now save time with BLS's simple annual license renewal process.

Hallo en welkom, Lynden.

Lynden with its Dutch-inspired architecture is the second-largest city in Whatcom County.
Source: Wikimedia Commons | Photo Credit: Joe Mabel

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Omak stampedes its way to BLS partnership

The city of Omak is joining the stampede of cities to join the  Business Licensing Service (BLS).

With more than 700 businesses working in Omak, local commerce may get a boost as licensing is simplified. BLS is the combined state and local licensing solution offered as a free service for all participating Washington cities.

Omak is riding high in the saddle today with a posse of fellow BLS partners including nearby Bridgeport and Republic. BLS now serves 142 Washington cities.

Home to about 5,000 residents, the city plays host to the famous Omak Stampede. Each summer, hundreds of visitors enjoy the western entertainment event founded in 1933.
The city of Omak has a population of 5,000 in Okanogan County.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hamilton unites with BLS

The world is going to know the name of Hamilton, the newest recruit of the state Business Licensing Service.

The town of Hamilton on the Upper Skagit River was incorporated in 1891 - two years after Washington's statehood. After neighbors, Concrete and Lyman pulled the trigger to join BLS this summer, Hamilton is not throwing away its shot. Today, in the state named for the Father of Our Country, Hamilton declares solidarity with the state's "one-stop service" for combined licensing, uniting more than 140 communities in streamlining support for local commerce.

Welcome to BLS partnership, Hamilton. Just you wait....

The Skagit River flows west from Sauk Mountain from the North Cascades toward the town of Hamilton on the horizon.
Neighbor towns Concrete, Lyman, and Hamilton all joined BLS this summer.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Entiat adds a cherry on top: BLS partnership

Nicknamed “The Gateway to Recreation,” the city of Entiat is the newest member of the Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service (BLS) today. Later this month, the city of Chelan will also join– bringing all Chelan County cities together in the service.

The cities are boosting local commerce with a link to BLS, the state’s one-stop service for business that connects state and city licensing processes. The Lake Chelan Valley entertains more than two million visitors annually visiting resorts, wineries, parks and other attractions.

Home to 1,200 residents, Entiat was incorporated in 1944 as regional agriculture blossomed by planting bountiful cherry, apple, and pear orchards. Today, the world’s largest shipper of fresh cherries grows its much of its fruit in orchards between Entiat and Chelan.

On July 28, the city of Chelan joins BLS. It is home to 5,000 residents at the southern tip of glacier-fed Lake Chelan. At 52-square-miles, it is the largest natural lake in Washington and one of the Northwest’s most popular vacation destinations.

BLS supports about 600 different types of regulatory licenses with its free service to benefit public agencies and local governments. A list of partner cities is on the city license endorsements page of