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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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Teaming up for a healthy regional economy

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 05/06/2019

New business attraction and retention leaders share their insights with Chamber members

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How does the Seattle metro region retain existing businesses and recruit new employers? Business Issues Forum attendees in April heard from two leaders instrumental in this work: Ashton Allison, the Seattle Metro Chamber’s director of business retention and expansion, and Brian McGowan, CEO of Greater Seattle Partners.

Both are relatively new to their positions following changes to the region’s economic development ecosystem last year. The Seattle Metro Chamber now houses King County’s Associate Development Organization, which coordinates with King County and its 39 jurisdictions to help businesses already in the King County region stay here and grow. Meanwhile, Greater Seattle Partners is a new trade and investment organization focused on attracting new employers to the entire greater Seattle region.  

 “Our purpose is to tell our story,” Brian said of the work at Greater Seattle Partners, “and to grow and protect our economy.” Other important goals Brian highlighted were the creation of quality jobs and equitable economic growth. 

Seattle is this decade’s fastest-growing big city in the U.S. With this growth, the Seattle region is struggling with homelessness, affordability, and traffic. Growth has challenges, Brian noted, but it’s better to contend with issues that rise from growth than to face issues from decline.

As Greater Seattle Partners works to attract new companies, Ashton’s program, called REACH (Retention, Expansion and Collaboration Hub) King County, works with businesses currently located in King County. This work is significant to our region’s economic health: according to United States Small Business Association, 40 to 80 percent of new jobs in a community are created through the growth of existing businesses.

Accordingly, REACH functions as the front door for King County businesses looking for guidance: it connects them with resources, acts as a matchmaker, and offers one-on-one advising. A program funded by the state, its services are free, and a business does not need to be a Chamber member to use them.   

Ashton talked about intelligent movement underway of King County businesses to create sub-regional partnerships and was encouraged that businesses are “recognizing that working together is more competitive than working alone.”

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