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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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Meeting Seattle's new CTO and OED Director

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 07/03/2019

Seattle leaders discuss steering regional change

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At our June Business Issues Forum, attendees were introduced to Seattle’s new Chief Technology Officer and the city’s new Director of the Office of Economic Development. The two leaders discussed entering their new roles and their goals in steering change that benefits our region. 

Seattle’s CTO Saad Bashir discussed the threat of cyber-attacks when asked about city defenses. On a daily basis, we see attacks, Bashir said, but most are not sophisticated. 

He heralded IT consolidation efforts in Seattle and said that monitoring the “cyber posture” of an organization is critical to safety. We are increasing our use of technology at a very fast pace, Bashir said. It is crucial that our cyber safety measures keep up. 

OED Director Bobby Lee spoke next, leading a fascinating historical and future-projecting economic presentation. Lee began with the story of Asa Whitney in the late 1800s – and the forging of the transcontinental railroad.

He discussed at length the challenges of prospering equitably and offered solutions – including through investing in local talent. Lee discussed current and simultaneous economies and posed the question: Can we position local residents to take advantage of upcoming economies? Doing so would tremendously benefit our region, he said.

Closing the event, attendees heard from Julia Reed, Senior Policy Officer with Seattle’s Office of the Mayor, who shared advice on how to remain safe during our region’s wildfire season. 

Five key tips from Julia around wildfire smoke safety:

  1. Get prepared now. (Assign someone in your organization to check data throughout wildfire season to make informed changes to your business plan.)
  2.  Familiarize yourself with monitoring tools. (AirNow.Gov, PSCleanAir.Org)
  3. Upgrade your building's filtration levels. (This is going to be a recurring seasonal hazard.)
  4. #ShareYourSpace (Support your community during smoke season by thinking of how you can include others if you have air-filtered space.)
  5. Distribute confirmed and trustworthy information. (Combat misinformation by amplifying news from trusted sources.)


The Chamber's Business Issues Forum is the place to learn about and discuss emerging policy issues that matter to your business and the community. A benefit available only to members, meetings include informational briefings from guest speakers and structured discussion with fellow members.  

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