Friday, August 23, 2013

BLS Fee Increase Takes Effect on October 1st


As we had advised earlier this year, the state Business Licensing Service will increase its application and renewal fees. New fees are in effect as of October 1, 2013.
Application Fee: from $15 to $19.
Renewal Fee: from $9 to $11.
This fee increase is permitted by approved legislation.
See our previous news article on the BLS fee increase for more information.

Important: Please update your city and agency web pages with application and renewal information. Also, advise your front counter staff of the pending fee change.

 ~BLS Partnership Services

Thursday, August 22, 2013

BLS systems back on-line Thursday

Update: 1:59 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22
Hi, Partners,

The BLS data and systems are now online and fully functional again.
NOTE: If you have not logged out since before 11:30 a.m., you will need to completely log out and then log in again.

Sorry for the interruption today.

Online business license applications are temporarily out of service Thursday morning. BLS mainframe data are also offline presently. 
We are working to resolve these issues. Our phone, online, and email support services are still available to you and applicants, of course.
Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated time frame for systems to be back online.  
Please forward this notification to your peers who use Business Licensing Service systems of the temporary outage.
Thank you

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Washington Small Business Fair September 28


Learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 17th annual Washington Small Business Fair. 
Biz Fair 2013
Saturday, September 28
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Renton Technical College3000 NE 4th Street, in Renton

Sharpen your skills - attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership. Savvy business experts share their knowledge and real-life experiences with you. 

Save valuable time - connect with 30 federal, state, and local government agencies, and business and trade associations to get the information you need. 
The fair is free with plenty of free parking and no advance registration.

Visit for more information.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

REVISED: I-502 Update - next steps in licensing marijuana

UPDATE: August 13, 2013

The Liquor Control Board has updated its implementation timeline, which affects the beginning of the application periods to be a producer, processor, or retailer. Some dates are below.

  • September 4, 2013
    Filing of Revised Proposed Rules
  • October 9, 2013
    Public Hearing
  • October 16, 2013
    Board Adoption of Rules
  • November 16, 2013
    Rules Effective Date
  • Nov. 18 - Dec. 20, 2013
    WSLCB Accepts Applications (30-day window)
--end update--

August 2, 2013
BLS City Partners –

We all knew when Initiative 502 passed in 2012 that we’d have a lot of questions on the path to retail sales of marijuana in Washington State.

More and more of those questions are getting answered. Next week, there will be a public hearing on the draft rules that will govern the licensing of producers, processors, and retailers. 
For more information, check the state Liquor Control Board’s information about I-502 implementation, which includes answers to frequently asked questions on marijuana licensing.