About Seattle


Seattle is...

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 4.2 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 Resources 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 2,600 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 Resources page to find resources to help you 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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Join us for this week's #WeGotThisWA Series events

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 06/08/2020

Learn about COVID-19 in Washington State from Vice Admiral Bono, King County reopening plans, and cybersecurity for businesses


We’re here to help navigate the questions that employers and employees have during the Coronavirus pandemic in a timely and accurate manner with our #WeGotThisWA Series in partnership with Business Health Trust. This week, get an update on COVID-19 in Washington State from Vice Admiral Bono, learn about 'Safe Start' reopening plans for King County from King County Deputy Executive Rachel Smith, and what businesses of all sizes can do to mitigate risks of cyber attacks with these three events:

#WeGotThisWA: WA State COVID-19 Update from Vice Admiral Bono
June 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Vice Admiral (ret.) Raquel Bono was named Washington's director for COVID-19 Health System Response Management by Governor Inslee in late March. Since then she has worked to coordinate dozens of hospitals, long term care facilities, and testing sites as pieces of the state's coronavirus response.

She will discuss how the successes and challenges she's seen in her work are reflected in the governor's phased reopening plan and what the future might hold as the state continues its reopening process.

Register online.

#WeGotThisWA: 'Safe Start' Reopening Plan in King County
June 10 | 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The state of Washington has approved King County's application to enter a modified Phase 1 of reopening. This paves the way for non-essential retail and personal and professional services to reopen at reduced capacity with limited timing on indoor visits, all construction to resume, and restaurants to return to indoor and outdoor dining at a reduced capacity.

Rachel Smith, Deputy Executive for King County, will join us to share what businesses and customers can expect as we move into this modified phase of reopening and what the metrics the county will have to meet to move to Phase 2.

Register online.

#WeGotThisWA: Cybersecurity Concerns for Businesses
June 11 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Many employers scrambled to prepare their workforce to work remotely in March as coronavirus concerns shut down office spaces across the US. Staff who previously only worked in the office are now accessing work files on personal, unsecured home internet connections, which leaves companies more vulnerable to cyber attack.

Our panel will discuss what cyber attacks are becoming more prevalent in this time and what businesses of all sizes can do to mitigate their risk as they look at extending remote work into the future.

Register online.

Both of these events are free, and they are open to members and non-members.

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