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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!

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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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Employers delve into youth engagement at Chamber’s inaugural Education Workshop

By: Alicia Teel Posted: 05/04/2017

Increasing connections to career pathways is vital to strengthening our local talent pool

Education Workshop at The Foundry

On April 27, the Seattle Metro Chamber convened nearly 200 CEOs and human resources executives for a half-day of robust discussion about how to ensure that kids who grow up here are aware of, and ready for, the career pathways local employers offer. This question is central to the Chamber’s mission of engaging the innovation and entrepreneurship of our members to advance economic prosperity, advocate for a vital business environment, and build sustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region.

The Benefits of Career Connected Learning

At our first-ever Education Workshop, attendees gained insights from leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors about how career connected learning strengthens talent pipelines, from employer internship programs, to successful programs in our state like Core Plus, to the innovative Swiss apprenticeship model. HR leaders then took a deeper dive into the menu of opportunities available for career connected learning, through breakout sessions facilitated by organizations implementing these programs.

Brad Tilden with Student Speakers

Attendees also heard moving firsthand accounts from high school and college students about how the internships that they have participated in have made a difference in their career aspirations and have even sparked new possibilities in their communities, as they carry back what they have learned to friends, neighbors, and family members.

One major theme of the Workshop was that success cannot be achieved alone: partnering across the public, private, and non-profit sectors is essential. One effort that embodies this collaborative approach is the Seattle Region Partnership, an initiative launched at the Chamber’s 2015 Regional Leadership Conference that to seeks to bridge the gap between supply and demand so that local employers have access to talent while making sure that local residents can gain the skills to needed access these jobs. The Partnership, a tri-sector effort led by the Seattle Metro Chamber, King County, the City of Seattle, and the Seattle Foundation, played a crucial role in the programming and success of the Education Workshop.

The Opportunity Ahead

With 740,000 job openings predicted for Washington state from 2016-2021—the vast majority of which are mid-and higher-level jobs with prospects for upward mobility—we have an incredible opportunity to steer students toward stable, rewarding careers. However, too many young people today are falling out of the education pipeline or pursue credentials that do not prepare them for the professions with the highest demand.

For example:

  • One out of four high schools in our state graduate less than 60% of their students.
  • Two-thirds of all students who drop out are in their senior year of high school, just months away from completing their high school diploma.
  • In King County, 15,000 young people are neither in school nor working.
  • In King County, unemployment among young people is 12%, and unemployment for young African-Americans is 28%.

Joel Janda from Boston Consulting Group emphasized that If we can succeed at getting more students to complete a post-secondary credential—an apprenticeship, certificate, two-year degree, or four-year degree—we can set a virtuous cycle into motion with enormous economic and social benefits. These benefits include generating an extra $960,000 in earnings over an individual’s lifetime, as well as reducing unemployment by 36% over time.

A Commitment to Connect

Education Workshop Pennants

Spurred to action, business leaders raised their pennants to demonstrate their willingness to continue, or in some cases, to start, working together to provide and support more opportunities for career connected learning in our state and region.

Additionally, 35 employers made an on-the-spot commitment at the Workshop to engage with young people directly through one or more of the following:

  • Worksite visits
  • Mentorships
  • Internships or apprenticeships

This commitment from the private sector is critical to our ultimate goal of making sure people who grow up know about and can access the career pathways our local employers offer.

For more information about the Chamber’s work on education, please contact Kyla Skherich, our policy and outreach manager. For more information about the Seattle Region Partnership, please contact Alessandra Zielinski.





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