About Seattle


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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How to engage with our Women in Business Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) this winter

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 01/28/2019

Connect with us at our next WIBLI "21" Luncheon and our winter WIBLI Symposium

WIBLI (Stacked) white background-01Empowering women to grow and succeed in business and leadership is important to an inclusive economy. That's why the Seattle Metro Chamber created the Women in Business and Leadership Initiative (WIBLI).

What is WIBLI?

WIBLI events and programs inspire, educate, and connect Seattle-area professionals at all levels of their careers. We aim to empower WIBLI attendees to create significant change for themselves, their workplaces, and their communities around gender equity issues, including closing our region’s gender wage gap.

Why attend? You will:

  1. Connect with peers to improve gender equity in the workplace 
  2. Inspire and be inspired by women at all levels of careers to take tangible steps toward career growth
  3. Learn valuable professional development skills to invest and grow in your own career
Here's how you can engage this season:

3655Join us for our next WIBLI "21" Lunch, Jan. 31
Tired of eating lunch at your desk? Why not make that meal a little more productive? WIBLI “21” brings together over 70 female (and some male) professionals across various industries for a structured networking lunch. This is your chance to grow your network, meet potential mentors and learn how others are navigating the workplace.


WIBLI speaker tileHear from Women Doing the Unexpected at our next WIBLI Symposium, Feb. 13

Listen and learn from a phenomenal group of women who are doing the unexpected. They’ll share how they’ve achieved success in traditionally male-dominated industries like maritime, construction, architecture, and media.

Spend your afternoon with our speakers to learn:

  • How they chose to work in a male-dominated field
  • Obstacles they faced along the way and how they overcame them
  • How they set themselves apart

Keynote Speaker
Caryn Mathes, President and General Manager, KUOW


Coming soon!
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for information on our 4th Annual WIBLI Awards!

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