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Starting a Business

Starting or growing your business is no easy feat. Knowing the resources available locally will help you and your enterprise thrive in Downtown Ellensburg. Please view the three steps below to begin the process.


Contact the City of Ellensburg Clerk’s office prior to submitting your business license application to determine the correct type of license you will need. A regular license is $35 charged on a sliding scale and is prorated depending on the number of employees you have. The license must be renewed each year.

City of Ellensburg Clerk’s Office
501 N Anderson Street, Ellensburg
(509) 962-7204

Contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Department to assist you with a wide variety of services including business planning, training, industry research, marketing, financial planning, referrals, and troubleshooting. Services are free and confidential and available to any individual considering starting a business in Kittitas County.

Barry Schoening 

Certified Business Advisor, Washington SBDC at

Washington State University 

Located at Kittitas County Chamber Business Development Center

216 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

 Cle Elum, WA 98922



Contact the Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Service to obtain a Master Business License and register your trade name. Because of the wide range of specialty licenses required is best to call them prior to submitting your application. They will help determine the correct license an customize your forms for you. A Washington State Master Business License is $15.00 and trade name registry is $5.00. The license does not expire unless you do not report to the Department of Revenue during the normal schedule.

Washington State Department of Revenue, Yakima Office
3703 River Rd., Suite 3
Yakima, WA 98902-7325
(509) 454-5160
(800) 647-7706

See below for links to resources to help you find the information you need to start and operate your business:

Kittitas County Chamber Resources

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