Friday, November 22, 2019

2020 Local Government Fund Distribution and Deposit Dates

The Office of State Treasurer's 2020 schedule for distributions to local governments, including notations for respective processing through Business Licensing Service is now available.

Access the spreadsheet at bit.ly/LocalDeposit2020 to see distribution dates and deposit dates.

City staff can track funds for these distribution and deposit dates with the Account Financial Control Summary report in the ATLAS Partner Portal.

~BLS Partnership Services

Monday, November 18, 2019

City Partner Training Session

With all the new changes this year, we have received many inquiries about changing endorsement types and other ATLAS operations.

To support your work, our team will offer a "Tips and Tricks" training session from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, where we will cover: 

  • Address changes
  • Changing endorsement types
  • Endorsement activity screen
  • Changing information

Click here to register by December 4.


~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lynnwood is newest 'link' in BLS


Joining its regional neighbors, Lynnwood is the newest Snohomish County city to link up to the state Business Licensing Service. 

More than 5,000 businesses are in Lynnwood, home to the popular Alderwood Mall and nearby shopping centers.

Situated at the nexus of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, Lynnwood is a growing city of 40,000 that is 15 miles north of Seattle. It joins neighbors Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo and others in the popular service. Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek join soon.
The city's popular convention center opened in 2005.

In 2024, the Sound Transit "Link" light rail will extend from Federal Way -- another BLS partner -- north to Lynnwood bringing even more business growth to the region and connecting the vital communities by passenger rail, commerce, and the state's premier combined licensing solution built to expedite service for Washington businesses.

Welcome, Lynnwood.



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Woodway joins BLS

The serene Snohomish County
town has about 500 homes.
The town of Woodway in Snohomish County today joins BLS.

About 150 businesses in the waterfront suburb will be linked to the state's signature combined licensing solution.

The city is next to neighbors Lynnwood, Edmonds, and others that will allow these companies to connect local and state licensing with dozens of cities in the north Puget Sound region.

Welcome, Woodway.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

City of Othello is newest BLS member

BLS is proud to add the city of Othello as a partner in the state's premier combined licensing service today.

The Grant County city is now connected with Moses Lake, Connell, and other regional neighbors that link state and local licensing to streamline service for their business community.

Othello is in Grant County, which grows more potatoes than any other county on the planet. It’s also home to a McCain Foods production facility. McCain is the world’s largest maker of frozen french fries. With Othello’s BLS partnership, the food producer can sync up its licenses with the state Department of Agriculture and the city into one annual renewal process with one payment. 

More than 100 cities now work with BLS. Other cities including Ritzville are set to join in next year. A complete list of cities is posted at bls.dor.wa.gov.


Friday, October 18, 2019

One phone number for business licensing customer service: 360-705-6741

The state Business Licensing Service is consolidating its customer service phone line at 360-705-6741.

The toll-free line will no longer print on state business licenses or renewal letters mailed to customers.

Update your signs and websites

Please update any of your signs, publications, and web information that list the toll-free number and replace it with 360-705-6741. Thank you for your assistance.

BLS is updating its own publications and websites with this phone line.



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rivers run through it: Wenatchee goes with the BLS flow


The Columbia River flows through hundreds of miles of farmland and orchards on its way to the Pacific. Tons of grain, fruits, and other commodities that start on the Columbia Plateau travel to markets by way of Wenatchee. Today, this Chelan County commercial center is converging with the state Business Licensing Service.

Dubbed the Apple Capital of the World, Wenatchee is located where the eponymous river merges with the Columbia. The city is the headquarters of the largest fresh market shipper of sweet cherries on the planet. Home to 35,000 full-time residents, Wenatchee welcomes visitors each spring for its annual Apple Blossom Festival.

The city joins neighbors Cashmere, East Wenatchee, and Leavenworth in the BLS network of municipal partners. Nearby Chelan, Entiat, and Waterville join in 2020.

Welcome, City of Wenatchee. You are the apple of our eye.

The Wenatchee River flows eastward to its confluence
with the Columbia just north of downtown Wenatchee.