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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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Chamber Honors WIBLI Awards Winners For Achievements Advancing Gender Equity

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 06/06/2019

2019 winners announced

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The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce presented its Women in Business and Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) Awards on June 6, recognizing exemplary contributions businesses and women in our region have made to increase gender equity in the workplace.

“Employers have the power to help make our economy more inclusive,” said Marilyn Strickland, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “This year’s WIBLI Awards winners demonstrate how our region’s business community is living up to its commitment to improve gender equity and economic opportunity.”

The awards ceremony included remarks from keynote speaker Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, and a monologue by local performing artist, Aviona Rodriguez Brown.

During the ceremony, the Chamber presented three awards:  

  • Davis Wright Tremaine received the WIBLI Business of the Year award, which honors a business that has significantly contributed to gender equity in the workplace. Davis Wright Tremaine’s leadership on gender equity issues has been driven most prominently through the firm’s Project W initiative: a multifaceted, nationwide effort to help women build successful businesses and achieve parity in the workplace. Project W’s work is undertaken through a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and business executives, via partnerships with innovative, like-minded organizations, and through created programming.
Finalists in this category also included Cortona Café and Perkins Coie.

  • Graciela Gomez Cowger, CEO of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received the WIBLI Female Leader of the Year Award, which honors a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has made significant contributions to gender equity in our region. Graciela is the first woman to lead ‎Schwabe as CEO and one of only a handful of Latinas to lead ‎a U.S. law firm. Graciela is ‎active in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal ‎profession, as well as in the broader community, through her involvement in ‎the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic Metropolitan ‎Chamber, and Oregon Patent Law Association.‎ She also serves on the State of Washington ‎Women’s Commission.

Finalists in this category also included Sue Anderson of CenturyLink and Janis Avery of Treehouse.

  • Madeleine Winslow, a diversity and inclusion consultant with Mercer, received the WIBLI Rising Star Award, which honors a woman with 10 years or less of work experience who has exemplary leadership traits at an early point in her career and has worked to advance gender equity in our region. Madeleine serves as a leading diversity and inclusion consultant within her company’s When Women Thrive division. She has been a speaker for conferences across the country and is helping to boost a product launch of virtual reality software integration for sexual harassment training.

Finalists in this category also included Alison Driver with The Trust for the Public Land and Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno with Future for Us.

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About WIBLI: Empowering women to grow and succeed in business and leadership is necessary to sustain a healthy and vibrant community. Women in Business and Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) events and programs inspire, educate, and connect Seattle-area women at all levels of their careers.

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