Thursday, September 12, 2019

Toppenish joins BLS; valley neighbors to follow

A trio of Yakima Valley cities is poised to connect their local business licensing programs with the state’s Business Licensing Service (BLS). Over the next two weeks, Toppenish, Granger, and Grandview will link up with BLS, the one-stop shop for state and local business licensing.

Local Yakima Valley businesses, including Blue Sky Market in Toppenish, will immediately experience the benefits of the new licensing partnership. The popular grocery store has greeted customers for decades while renewing annual state licenses for services such as beer, wine and lottery sales separately from their local business license. The partnership with BLS will enable the market to renew its Toppenish business license in the same process as its required state licenses.

“We like this improvement,” said Michael Mayer, Blue Sky Market owner and manager. “Whenever you can streamline the process, write one check, and remove extra steps, that’s one less thing for us employers to worry about.”

The Blue Sky Market's Mabton location will get the same boost next year when that nearby city becomes a BLS partner.

BLS serves more than 100 city partners, including those stretching along the Yakima River from Ellensburg to the Tri-Cities. Nearly 20 valley communities, including Yakima, are now or will soon be BLS partners.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Online Renewals Enhanced to Match Online Business License Application

The city license renewal process is now easier to use
with an updated look similar to the online application.
Improvements to the Online Business License Renewal process for city licenses are now available to businesses customers.

The changes are intended to speed up the renewal process and make it stylistically similar to online applications familiar to many customers.

The updated features give users an easy-to-follow process to fill in required boxes. The new process has the same look and feel as the updated online business application deployed in June. The new process also removes pop-ups and consolidates several affirmation boxes into one step.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

BLS welcomes Medical Lake, adding yet another Spokane-area community

BLS supports many communities in the
Spokane area and more than 100 statewide.
Three is the magic number today as Medical Lake becomes the third Spokane County city this summer to join BLS.

“We think our businesses will like the streamlined service. Our city license now links easily to hundreds of other state and local licenses. Even better, the service uses the familiar and friendly online portal where businesses already report state taxes,” said Doug Ross, Medical Lake City Administrator.

Businesses on the West Plains of Spokane County serve an international airport, a regional university, a large DSHS campus, and a major Air Force Base, as well as thousands of residents. Now, these West Plains cities – Airway Heights, Cheney, and Medical Lake – are connected with more than 100 cities that sync up local licensing with state registration and renewal requirements. BLS city partners now stretch across Spokane County from Medical Lake on the West Plains to Liberty Lake at the Idaho state line.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tenino steams ahead with BLS partnership

BLS today welcomes the historic railroad stop of Tenino as its newest local licensing partner. The Thurston County community with about 200 businesses is named for a Coastal Salish phrase for "meeting place."

Citizens and commerce have been meeting in Tenino since the pioneer days. In the late 1800s, Tenino became an important Northern Pacific railroad stop near a sandstone quarry. Tenino sandstone transported by rail provided materials for the masonry on many buildings at the Washington State Capitol.

Tenino's neighbor communities Centralia, Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Yelm are also among BLS's 103 city partners.

All aboard, Tenino!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Oakville joins BLS

The city of Oakville in southeast Grays Harbor County today joins BLS.

It has a population of 200 and about 20 active businesses. It joins regional neighbors Centralia, Chehalis, Tumwater and others in connecting state and local licensing.

Welcome, Oakville.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

ATLAS Partner Portal Unavailable Saturday and Sunday

The ATLAS Partner Portal service will not be available Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, during scheduled maintenance.

The My DOR service not impacted.

~BLS Partnership Services

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Help BLS move in to its new online home

Take part in our usability study.

Business Licensing Service (BLS) information is blending with the Department of Revenue website. It’s important to us that our site is user-friendly for your business customers.

Click the picture to get started with the quick exercise.