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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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Seattle Metro Chamber welcomes Mindi Linquist as its new vice president of external relations

By: Alicia Teel Posted: 03/13/2017

Linquist will lead the Chamber’s policy and government relations activities

Mindi Lindquist smallThe Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Mindi Linquist as its new vice president of external relations. Linquist, who starts today, will lead the Chamber’s policy and government relations activities, including working with key partners in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that the Seattle region is the best possible place for companies and their employees.

Linquist brings extensive policy and political experience to the organization, with a nearly 20-year career of public service.  In her most recent role, she served as campaign manager for the successful reelection of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA). Prior to this role, Mindi served as state director for Senator Murray, overseeing a statewide team responsible for constituent service, community and public engagement, and policy development. From 2007 to 2010, she served as the government and community relations manager for the Port of Kalama in Kalama, Washington. Mindi began her career as Southwest Washington Director in Senator Murray’s office, where she served as a bridge between Washington, D.C. and communities, businesses, and constituents at home.

Linquist joins a department that has successfully engaged with stakeholders around Seattle and the region to make a significant impact on issues as diverse as transportation, education, affordable housing and gender equity. 

“Mindi’s deep understanding of both policy and politics make her an excellent fit to lead our external relations team,” said Seattle Metro Chamber president and CEO Maud Daudon. “Her keen understanding of issues that affect our economic competitiveness and her relationships with local leaders will be invaluable as we work toward a globally competitive region where businesses can flourish and everyone has the opportunity to succeed."

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