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
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.
Liz Jamieson, Certified Business Advisor
Liz has already met with over 250 businesses in Kittitas County and you could meet with her next. Take action towards your goals today! Click the button below to request to become a client, and then click the next button to schedule a confidential, no-cost, 1:1 appointment with Liz!
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
See below for links to resources to help you find the information you need to start and operate your business:
Washington State Small Business Guide: the Small Business Guide provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington
IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center: this section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses; you will also find links to starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options
Follow these Steps to Starting a Business: a guide from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help you plan, prepare, and manage your new business
Starting a Business in the State of Washington: links to resources from the State of Washington Business Licensing Service
Creating a Business Plan: Business Plan Outline: instructions on writing a business plan outline from Inc. Magazine
Writing a Business Plan: a resource from the SBA that includes instruction, templates, and other tips for your business plan
How to Write a Business Plan: a step-by-step guide to help you write a business plan and free sample business plans
Sample Business Plans: free sample business plans from Bplans.com
Kittitas County Chamber Resources