Thursday, June 28, 2012

Uncovering the City Addendum


We've heard from some of you that the City Business License Addendum (pdf) can be hard to find online.

Thank you for letting us know!

We're always trying to make it easier for you and also for businesses. Of course, we also must maintain best practices for web usability, which includes keeping content pages and forms pages  separate.

Here's our first attempt to make it easier to find the Addendum (pdf). We've added it at the top of the city list, which is under the Specialty Licenses list from the BLS home page at

See the highlight in the image below. If there's more we can do, don't hesitate to tell us. We're anxious to know what works best for you and your local businesses.
(360) 705-6777

Monday, June 4, 2012

eCheck Already Saving 20% on Credit Card Fees


Last month BLS started offering eCheck as a way to pay business license and endorsement fees. Also called "Automated Clearing House" (ACH), eCheck is way to pay from your checking account when filing online. No processing fees are passed on to partners. Simple is good. Simple and free is better.

Ready for some even better news?

In the first two weeks, already 20 percent of payments received are coming via eCheck.
Of the more than $1.1 million received since mid-May, more than $220,000 was remitted by eCheck.

That means some partners may see reduced billing for credit card processing fees. It's a strong start for savings to your bottom line. We'll keep you posted as more trends emerge.

BLS Partnership Services

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mailing Compliance Notices? Let Us Help.

City Partners:

As you know, BLS provides City of Interest reports to help you know who is doing business in your city. This is a great tool to boost compliance rates and revenues for your city.

If you are sending out notices with our contact information (below), please tell us in advance and let us know if we can help. Our team is ready to pitch in anytime you need.

Click to see Full Size City of Interest report
BLS Contact Info for Businesses
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Phone: 1-800-451-7985

Let us know if you have questions.