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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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“Growth Is Opportunity"

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 06/21/2019

What's new for the Pacific Northwest’s $21.4 billion maritime industry?


Washington state flourishes in large part due to our powerful maritime industry. Statewide, our maritime sector contributes more than $21.4 billion in gross business income – and directly employs nearly 69,500 people.

At our Executive Speaker Series event on maritime, attendees learned what has changed for the industry and what is coming next for this iconic sector of the Pacific Northwest economy. Molly Henry, a shareholder with Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt, moderated a discussion with Stephanie Jones Stebbins, the managing director of the Port of Seattle’s Maritime Division, and Vigor’s Business Development Manager Art Parker.

Parker noted that “growth is opportunity,” and that the Seattle metro region’s significant growth has positively impacted the maritime industry. For example, growth has helped Vigor, as a general increase in water activity has led to more work with Washington State Ferries. Stebbins shared examples about the helpful effects of growth for the Port as well, discussing the simultaneous growth of the cruise industry and an increasing popularity of Seattle as a destination.     

Both were frank about the flipside of this growth, such as noteworthy increases in the cost of construction. Parker added that as an employer, he also sees Vigor's workforce experiencing longer commutes to work as they are pushed farther away from the city by rising costs of living in Seattle.

Looking to the future, enacting policy that is positive for the industry is critical, Stebbins said. This includes policies that support freight. She also highlighted anticipation of the Port of Seattle plan for a new Maritime Innovation Center.

Parker pointed to coming technological change as well, including autonomous and electric vehicles. He also emphasized that regional leaders and residents should remember that “industrial jobs matter. Don’t squeeze us out or forget us in the tech forest. Support us. Be cognizant. We need the training facilities. We need the workforce.”

The Seattle Metro Chamber's Executive Speaker Series showcases the many business sectors that make up the economic engine driving the Seattle metropolitan region. Each event focuses on a unique industry and features top business leaders who discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities facing their sector.

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