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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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Honoring Black History Month in Seattle

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 02/06/2019

In and around Seattle, there are many ways you can honor Black History Month

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Photo of Chamber member Northwest African American Museum 

February marks Black History Month, first started by Carter G. Woodson, a founder of the Association for the Study of African American History, the Associated Press reports.

Woodson worried that black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools in the early 1900s.

“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” Woodson said.

In and around Seattle, there are many ways you can honor Black History Month. Here are some suggestions:

Support black-owned businesses

• Search for local, black-owned businesses on directories such as IntentionalistSupport Black Owned and Black Owned Business Network

• There are also apps to help you find black-owned businesses: Official Black Wall Street and Buy Black App

Attend Black History Month events in our area

• The Stranger has a great list of local events you can attend

• Celebrate Black History Month with Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan

Learn about black history in our region

• Visit Chamber member Northwest African American Museum 

• Learn about African American heritage in Washington 

Support black nonprofits

• Local organizations include:

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Sundiata African American Cultural Association

Black Heritage Society of Washington State

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Horn of Africa Services

The Links, Incorporated

• National organizations include:

Black Girls Code

Black Lives Matter

Seattle King County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Trans Women of Color Collective

Celebrate black literature and media

• Books for adults:

12 inspiring books to read in honor of Black History Month

27 Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month

• Books for kids:

21 African-American History Books to Read with Your Kids

28 great Black History Month books for kids

100 Best Children’s Books for African American History Month

• Movies:

10 Must Watch Black History Documentaries

28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month

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