History

The Seattle Metro Chamber was founded on April 17, 1882 by a group of 26 business and community leaders. Since then, the Chamber has been part of nearly every major decision impacting Seattle and the metro area.

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10 things you might not know about the Chamber:

  1. Nearly 80 percent of Chamber members are small businesses with less than 100 employees.
  2. One-third of Chamber members are micro-enterprises with less than 10 employees.
  3. One-third of Chamber members are located outside of Seattle city limits.
  4. Twenty-six businessmen established the Chamber in 1882 to provide support for John Leary’s bid for a mail contract to Alaska. He won the bid but wasn’t so successful with the mail. The boiler blew in his first ship and the second caught on fire.
  5. Six business and economic development organizations are affiliated with the Chamber: Alliance for EducationEconomic Development Council of Seattle and King CountyLeadership TomorrowTechnology AllianceTrade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, and the Washington Council on International Trade.
  6. Members receive access to 600+ links to business development resources like free consulting, multicultural and small business services, government loan and funding programs, and more through our Tools for Business Success portal.
  7. More than 1,000 young professionals are part of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network.
  8. Speakers at Chamber events have ranged from Sir Mix-A-Lot to Ralph Nader to Malcolm Gladwell to Dave Barry, Tom Brokaw and Madeleine Albright.
  9. The Chamber was the first business association in the state to seriously address climate change.
  10. Chamber members raised the money to purchase the land for Fort Lawton, now Discovery Park, and in 1898, turned the title over to the U.S. Army for 703 acres.

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