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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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Chamber brings local businesses together for a conversation with Councilmember Debora Juarez

By: Kyla Shkerich Posted: 03/20/2017

Neighborhood roundtable leads to productive discussion on transportation and homelessness

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For the past year, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has made connecting neighborhood business owners to their district councilmembers a priority of our outreach work. In the seventh meeting of our roundtable series, local business owners had the opportunity to meet with District 5 Councilmember Debora Juarez at a discussion co-hosted with the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Councilmember Juarez called for unity and coordination between business organizations and community groups as she sat down to have lunch with 25 business owners on March 7 at the Northgate Community Center. She emphasized to the group that if they came together, there was a real opportunity to make positive changes to District 5 that would benefit the entire community.

Over the course of the conversation, business owners asked questions about how the city is handling transportation, as well as the city’s plan to fight homelessness. Regarding transportation, Councilmember Juarez mentioned her success this past year in ensuring better transportation options were available for District 5 community members, including her advocacy for a 130th Street station as part of the ST3 investments approved by voters  last fall. Councilmember Juarez’s underscored her commitment plan on ensuring the north Seattle area has a strong and vibrant economy. In response to businesses’ questions on homelessness, Councilmember Juarez briefly discussed the levy on homelessness that could be coming to voters this August.  

This in-district roundtable was the latest in a series that the Seattle Metro Chamber started in 2016. Sponsored by Recology, this event was the first in district 5.  Earlier this year, the Chamber worked with local business organizations to host two events on Capitol Hill where business owners had the opportunity to sit down with Councilmember Councilmember Tim Burgess and Councilmember Kshama Sawant.  In 2016, we held roundtables in District 4 with Councilmember Rob Johnson, District 6 with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, District 7 with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and District 2 with Council President Bruce Harrell.

In 2017, the Chamber will continue connecting Seattle City Councilmembers and other elected officials with business owners in neighborhoods across the city. In April we will have two more roundtables: one with Councilmember Herbold in District 1 and the other with Councilmember O’Brien who will hold his second roundtable in District 6.

If you are interested in participating in a future roundtable in your neighborhood, please contact the Seattle Metro Chamber’s Policy and Outreach Manager, Kyla Shkerich, and include your Seattle City Council district information.

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