About Seattle

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Seattle is...

Named by Kiplinger's as one of the "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade," the Seattle metropolitan region is a great place to live, visit and do business. It's home to some of the most recognizable global companies and a diverse population of more than 3.7 million people. Whether you're looking for economic opportunity, cultural events or educational excellence, you'll find it—and much more—in Seattle. 

The Seattle metro area has it all: globally recognized companies, growing small and minority-owned businesses, highly skilled workers, cutting-edge research and thriving industry clusters. Learn more about how to grow your business here on our Business Tools page.

5 things you may not know about businesses in the Seattle metro area:

1. Seattle is home to many globally-recognized organizations that are headquartered in our region, including: Amazon.comBoeing Commercial AirplanesMicrosoft CorporationStarbucks Coffee CompanyCostco, WeyerhaeuserNordstromREIAlaska Airlines, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2. Small and minority-owned businesses are a vital and thriving contributor to the Seattle metro economy and the community at large. The Business Index 2010, produced by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, ranks the state's tax system fifth in the nation for entrepreneurship and small business. According to the 2010 Washington Minority Small Business Survey, conducted by the University of Washington's Business and Economic Development Center, 36 percent of minority-owned businesses anticipated hiring within the next three months.

3. Seattle consistently ranks as one of the most highly educated cities in the nation with 56 percent of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook, Salesforce.com, Zynga and Google are some of the Bay Area tech companies that have opened offices in the Seattle area to tap into the region's deep talent pool.

4. Seattle is home to world-renowned public and private research institutions. Including the University of Washington, one of the top public universities for research funding. Private institutions and companies also have extensive research functions. According to a study by the Technology Alliance, Washington state has especially strong R&D spending by business and nonprofits.

5. The Seattle metro area has a strong base of established industry sectors, such as aerospace, information technology and retail. It's also a center for creative and emerging industry segments, such as interactive media, music and clean technology.

The Seattle Metro Chamber's nearly 2,200 member companies are here to help make your stay memorable. Visit our membership directory to search for hotels, restaurants, event planners, taxi and bus services, tours, museums and other attractions. 

5 things to know about visiting Seattle:

1. Seattle's many restaurants are as richly diverse as the region's people. Choose from a variety of cuisines such as, Moroccan, Indian, Asian, French and Thai. Or, treat yourself to fresh seafood—a signature of northwest dining.

2. Seattle Metro Chamber members offer a variety of lodging options including hotels, resorts, long-term rentals, apartments and more.

3. Are you attending a conference or planning an event in the Seattle area? Chamber members are here to help! Search our member directory for trusted venues, photographer, caterers and more.

4. Looking for transportation options around the Seattle area? Search our member directory for reliable airline, taxi, charter, bus or limo services.

5. Seattle is packed with things to do. We've got aquariums, stadiums, casinos, cruises, festivals, museums, tours, zoos and more!

Looking for reputable businesses to help your business or family relocate to Seattle?

5 things you need to know before you relocate to Seattle

1. There are many components to moving your business to Seattle. Check out our Business Tools page to find all the resources you need to get started.

2. Planning to relocate to Seattle, but still looking for office space? Our Membership Directory can help you find available locations.

3. If you're looking for a moving company to help make the transition easier, check our list of movers in the Membership Directory.

4. Choosing a realtor for your home or business can be stressful. Use one of our trusted realtors to help you get settled.

5. Looking for more information about schools in the area? The Seattle Times has compiled a Seattle school guide to help you make important decisions about your child's future.

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Announcing our 2017 WIBLI Award finalists

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 03/20/2017

Winners will be announced at our WIBLI Awards Ceremony, April 6

The Seattle Metro Chamber’s second annual Women in Business & Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) Awards will honor organizations and individuals who are making significant impact towards advancing gender equity in our region's workplaces and communities. We received nominations across a wide variety of industries and career levels and are thrilled to announce the finalists of our three awards categories:

WIBLI Business of the Year Finalists
Artemis Connection
CH2M
The First Tee of Greater Seattle

WIBLI Female Leader of the Year Finalists
Anna Steffeney, LeaveLogic
Darcy Johnson, Fulcrum Capital
Kirsten Curry, Leading Retirement Solutions

WIBLI Rising Star Finalists
Marilee Jolin, South Seattle Emerald
Osiris Navarro, Madres Kitchen
Tran Huynh, Wells Fargo

Finalists were selected by our judging panel of corporate, non-profit, and civic leaders. We will announce the winners of each category at our WIBLI Awards Ceremony, April 6 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Westin Seattle.

Additionally, we are pleased to share that our keynote speaker will be the Mayor of Tacoma, Marilyn Strickland.

We invite you to join us for this event to celebrate excellent advancements towards gender equity in our region, and to connect with other supporters and advocates as we announce our first annual WIBLI Award winners.

Individual tickets start at $50 and tables of 10 at $450. For more information and to register, visit our WIBLI Awards event page.

The WIBLI Awards are presented by:

bank of america

About our Women in Leadership & Business Initiative program

Women in Business and Leadership Initiative events and programs inspire, educate, and connect Seattle-area women at all levels of their careers. Through our events--and our partnership with the 100% Talent Initiative--we aim to empower Seattle-area professionals to create significant change for themselves, their workplaces and their communities around gender equity issues, including closing our region’s gender wage gap. Get more information on our program page.

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