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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!

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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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'Don't blame the ice cream for melting. Build a freezer.'

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 05/01/2019

WIBLI Spring Symposium focuses on allyship toward gender equity

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Photos within by James Nguyen, Seattle Metro Chamber

In April, the Seattle Metro Chamber's Women in Business and Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) program zeroed in on how men at all levels can work toward gender equity in our workplaces.

Chamber president and CEO Marilyn Strickland kicked off the event by observing that women entering the workforce are no longer a novelty; now, our conversation turns to equity in leadership. The engagement of men in this conversation is necessary - and it calls for their ongoing engagement and understanding . 

IDENTIFYING BLIND SPOTS
Attendees heard first from Amelia Ransom, senior director of engagement and diversity at Avalara, and Kirk Mead, principal and founder of The Carrington Group. The two led a candid discussion on barriers to gender equity, and steps that individuals and workplaces can take to address these barriers.

On whether these conversations reflect an underlying shift in expectations, Ransom said, “I don’t think the rules have changed. We (women) never wanted to play a subservient role in the workplace." 

Mead agreed. "Men know better," he said, adding that when men ask about rules changing, it is disingenuous.  

Ransom insightfully discussed how issues of gender equity extend beyond the issue of the pipeline. She challenged the audience to think about where responsibility lies when a workplace has difficulty attracting, retaining, and advancing women. She offered the analogy of purchasing ice cream, bringing it back to the office, and then blaming the ice cream for melting - instead of considering the importance of building a freezer. 

“We operate in a market that operates on advantage,” Mead said, calling out the importance of giving up advantage. Men do want to shine a light on their blind spots and understand how they can show up better, he said. And yet, he acknowledged that these conversations often do not take place when only men are in the room. 

Ransom observed that this dynamic presents an ongoing barrier to progress, pointing out that men shouldn’t be celebrated for suddenly realizing a woman’s worth only when connecting women with their own loved ones.

“We can’t wait for men to have daughters before they respect women,” Ransom said, to applause. She added that she has never heard a woman say they didn't realize how much value men had before having a son.

She noted that there are many books and other media available for men to begin examining the structural issues and power dynamics at play, and that it is critical that a person committed to allyship begins by educating themselves - and continues to do so.

Mead added, it’s not enough to just open your mind, you need to open your wallet. As long as a wage gap persists, we have not achieved meaningful equity.  An example of organizational work he highlighted was the 100% Talent initiative, of which the Seattle Metro Chamber is a founding signatory. This initiative engages employers in implementing best practices to close the gender wage gap. 

ALLYSHIP IN PRACTICE
Markham McIntyre, Seattle Metro Chamber chief of staff, and Stewart Landefeld, partner at Perkins Cole, then shared their personal reflections on male allyship in a conversation moderated by Liz Larter, SVP of Corporate and Public Affairs at Edelman. 

The panelists were asked what being a male ally means to them personally.

Landefeld said, “I don’t at all feel I am an expert here.” He said, for him, allyship is broad and fluid. He suggested it can be helpful to create mechanisms that organizations and allies can plug into.

McIntyre said he wrestles day-to-day with allyship and appreciated the sentiment of leaning into discomfort. “I’m learning. I’m making mistakes. I’m trying,” McIntyre said.

Landefeld gave advice to men entering allyship that “it’s OK to fail.” Keep trying things. Improving over time is what it’s all about, he said.

McIntyre’s advice was to slow down, become aware of your circumstances and context, including formal and informal power structures. Know when to act and advocate for women, but also know when to sit down and give women the platform.

LEARNING TOGETHER 
Lastly, attendees participated in a workshop on reciprocal mentoring and inclusion, with Julien Geiser, Director of Corporate Support with Greatheart Consulting, and Philip Jacobs, Racially Savvy Leadership, with Greatheart Consulting.

Attendees answered the questions together in groups and discussed them. Questions included, have you had a male ally in the workplace – and what are simple ways men can be allies?

Reciprocal mentorship was discussed as an equitable and intentional exchange of value across difference, in a high-performing mentorship that creates mobility.

Jacobs also said we need to move away from a win-lose mindset, where people falsely believe that if women win, men lose, or if people of color win, white people lose.

“Inclusion is about growth. It’s not a destination,” Jacobs added.

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Our fourth annual WIBLI Awards are coming up in June. Nominate a local leader or business for a 2019 WIBLI Award at this link. The WIBLI Awards honor organizations and individuals who are advancing WIBLI values and making significant impact toward advancing gender equity in our region's workplaces and communities.

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