Many businesses choose to locate on Bainbridge Island because of the lifestyle, sense of community , and the easy access to Seattle and Kitsap County.
Business types range from industry leaders like Sage Manufacturing and Net Systems to home-based Internet companies.
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Registering Your Business
The State of Washington provides one-stop business registration to assist in understanding and meeting federal, state, and local licensing requirements. The process includes obtaining a Master Business Application and UBI number and registering a Trade Name. Applications for a Master Business License can be obtained at:
Master Business Application
Washington State Dept. of Revenue
P. O. Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Dept. of Labor and Industries
500 Pacific Ave., Suite 400
Bremerton, WA 98312
Request a new Master Application if you are changing your business, structure, name, ownership, product or service, etc..
Obtaining a City License
All businesses located on Bainbridge Island or doing business in the City of Bainbridge Island must apply for a city business license. Forms can be obtained at City Hall or online at the City's web site.
City of Bainbridge Island
280 Madison Avenue
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri
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Obtaining a Specialty License
Many times a business owner may need additional licenses for landscaping, painting, shipbuilding, or other purposes. For more information on specialty licenses, contact the Business and Professions Division at 360/753-4401, or on the Department of Licensing web site at http://www.wa.gov/dol.
State and Federal Tax Requirements
These vary with the form and nature of your business. For state tax assistance, contact the Department of Revenue at 1-800-647-7706 or http://dor.wa.gov. The IRS can assist you with federal forms, information, and publications. For general information, call 1-800-829-1040. For IRS forms and Business Tax Kits, call 1-800-829-3676.
For questions concerning wage regulations, call or write to the Department of Labor & Industries at:
Department of Labor & Industries
315 - 5th Ave. S, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104-2607
1-206-515-2800 or 1-800-274-1288
Department of Labor & Industries
P. O. Box 44400
Olympia, WA 98504
1-866-219-7321 or 1-360-902-5316
Industrial Health & Safety Regulations
For information on health and safety rules, contact:
Division of Industrial Safety & Health
P. O. Box 44600
Olympia, WA 98504-4600
1-800-423-7233 or 1-360-902-5470
For information on hiring employees, on insurance, and on tax withholding for employees, contact:
Division of Industrial Insurance
P. O. Box 44144, MS-4144
Olympia, WA 98504-4144
1-800-321-2808 or 1-360-902-5799
For guidelines or permits concerning air/water quality, shoreline protection, waste disposal, etc. contact:
Washington State Department of Ecology
P. O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
1-425-649-7000 – Northwest Regional Office
Call 360-902-9500 for information.
Local Fire Regulations
Bainbridge Island Fire Department 206-842-7686
For general business information, start-up information or business assistance, contact the CTED Business Assistance Center’s Hotline at 1-800-237-1233.
Small Business Development
The Washington State University Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one counseling to small businesses. The centers help businesses develop a business plan, map out a business strategy, develop a bookkeeping system, and assist with business start-up at no cost. Also, at no cost, the centers help businesses with research and market analysis. Furthermore through a statewide network of community colleges, the centers sponsor education and training workshops. For more information and/or an appointment, call the Small Business Development Center in Seattle (2401 Fourth Ave., Suite 450), 1-206-553-7328; www.wsbdc.org.