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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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Elevate NW Conference Spotlight: SAP Concur

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 04/24/2019

Get a sneak peek of advice from our stellar speaker, Nickole Sanner

Small Business Spotlight header Nickole

The Northwest’s history is one of innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs – dreaming big and working hard.

To gear up for our inaugural Elevate NW conference, a conference dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses in the Seattle metro region. Here’s a sneak-peek of what SAP Concur's Senior Vice President and Managing Director U.S Nickole Sanner plans to talk about:

How does your business help/support Seattle’s small and medium business community?
We continue to make investments in the variety of ways we support SMBs both locally and across the nation. Our SMB team hosts dozens of virtual and live events during the calendar year. In addition, annually there are several key SMB moments such as National Small Business Week and Small Business Saturday, which help put the spotlight on this important industry segment. We also build dedicated programs to offer a range of value add resources and experiences.

Most recently, we launched SAP Business Exchange, a new community-oriented digital experience that will provide both customers and prospects tools and resources to become a best run business. Today, members will be able to engage with each other, access exclusive content and subject matter experts, actively participate in events, and take advantage of select partner offers. In the future, SAP Business Exchange will continue to increase its value by expanding partner engagement, offering business insights and industry benchmarks, and build a platform that promotes economic, social and environmental good. Explore all the details online.

What’s one piece of advice for someone looking to start or grow their business?
Find a mentor and sources of insight and inspiration. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart, it’s often challenging to find enough time to step back and gain perspective. Folks often get deep into a routine of working “in the business” rather than “on the business.” Having that sounding board to help point out areas for attention is critical when one is prone to being hyper focused. Mentors can help you gain that advantage; I’d recommend SCORE.org as a good place to start.

In regard to inspiration, there are so many great sources—especially podcasts and online content. The President of SAP’s Cloud Business Group, Jennifer Morgan, has a great show called A Call to Lead; CreativeLive—based here in Seattle—has an amazing library of content; and the recently launched SAP Business Exchange will only get better and better over time.

On a scale of 1-10 how important is it for small/mid businesses to get to know/learn from each other?
I can not emphasize this point enough; you need to build a team around you. Collaboration, sharing of ideas and learning from each other is critical. Entrepreneurship and small business ownership can be a lonely and challenging time, so having a community to communicate both successes and problem solve is an essential component to setting yourself up for growth.

Again, I’d encourage readers to explore what SAP Business Exchange has to offer as well as investigate local Chambers of Commerce, SCORE and associations such as Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). In my experience, the vast majority of people are willing to provide pointers, guidance and hacks that can help save time, solve problems and avoid pitfalls.

What’s the biggest problem small business owners don’t know they have?
It’s really easy to spread your data out across disparate systems and programs—and it can happen fast. It’s hard to clean up months or years of information and pull it into a centralized system, so get on top of it as early as possible. Knowledge is power but only if you can understand it. Data equips small businesses to make smart investments, cut costs and keep things running smoothly. However, if expense and AP data is spread across multiple sources and locations (Excel spreadsheets, handwritten files, online tools, etc.), the chances for outdated information and errors increase. By consolidating financial data in one location, you are more likely to have accurate and actionable insights.

To hear more from Nickole Sanner and many more, join us for our second annual Elevate NW conference, April 30:

Elevate NW Conference 2019
Tuesday, April 30  |  1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  |  Seattle Center

At this half-day, interactive conference, you'll:

  • Connect – Meet peers from a variety of industries with structured and casual networking
  • Discover – Learn from small businesses in our region that are changing the game
  • Engage – Dig in to real-life examples of business success and gain insight into developing mutually beneficial relationships with companies of all sizes

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