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  • Doing Business in Blaine

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    The City of Blaine requires all businesses located within the city limits, or who conduct business within the city limits, to be licensed with the city. City approval is required for initial issuance.

    How To Apply for a City of Blaine Business License?

    1. File a Master Business Application Online

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    2. Mail the appropriate fee (see below) with the following completed forms to the City of Blaine:

    get_pdficon_small Master Business Application

    get_pdficon_small City Business License Addendum

    Fees
    City of Blaine General Business License: $65
    City of Blaine Non-Profit Business License*: No Fee

    Other Fees That May Apply
    State Tax Registration: No Fee
    Registering your business name as trade name: $5
    Master Business Application fee: $15

    *Businesses qualify for the nonprofit license if they are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation.

    Mailing Information
    Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure. Mail to:

    Master License Service
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

    Phone: (360) 664-1400
    Email: mls@dol.wa.gov
    Fax: (360) 570-7875

    Office Hours
    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Check the status of a business or professional license 
    Use the above link to find out if a person or business has a professional license, if a business is licensed with a city or state, if your business or professional license is active, or when a business or professional license will expire.

    City of Blaine Rural Economic Development (R.E.D) Revolving Loan Program
    The purpose of this program is to establish and offer loans at below market interest rates to existing businesses and to encourage new business start-ups in the City of Blaine. The source of funds for this loan program is a contribution from the City of Blaine Electric Utility and a Public Utility tax credit authorized by EHSB2260 and enacted by Blaine City Council Ordinance No. 99-2430.

    The Rural Economic Development (R.E.D) Loan Program Application

    The Loan Process
    Process for the RED Loan starts with the City of Blaine. Please contact (360) 332-8311 for more information.

    Additional Business Resources
    There are several excellent organizations that serve businesses in Whatcom County and businesses looking to relocate or expand in the area. The organizations described below not only have outstanding track records for helping businesses succeed, but they also work together in an integrated way to save owners time and money.

    Small Business Development Center
    115 Unity Street
    Suite 101
    Bellingham , WA 98225-4455
    (360) 778-1762
    eric.grimstead@wwu.edu
    www.cbe.wwu.edu/sbdc/

    The Small Business Development Center offers no-cost, one-to-one confidential customized business counseling and technical assistance to businesses in Whatcom County . Utilizing formal business education and years of practical business experience, each certified business advisory understands what it takes to successfully manage a business in today’s competitive world. The SBDC offers assistance in developing business and marketing plans, financial analysis, market research, buying & selling a business, hiring and motivating staff and preparing loan packages if a business owner is looking to access capital to launch or grow a business.

    Northwest Workforce Development Council
    101 Prospect Street
    P.O. Box 2009
    Bellingham, WA 98227
    (360) 676-3206
    www.nwboard.org

    The Northwest Workforce Development Council assists employers prepare a skilled, successful workforce that is aligned with specific needs of a business or industry. A primary goal is to be a One-Stop career center system which integrates and streamlines education, employment and training services for youth and adults.

    SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business
    SCORE Chapter 591
    101 East Holly Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (360) 676-3307

    SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives Association, is a volunteer program sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE volunteer counselors are members of locally organized and self administered chapters. They work in their home community to provide management counseling and training to small businesses or to those thinking about going into business. Counseling is confidential and person-to-person.

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