About Seattle

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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.

Community News

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A troubling trend

By: Markham McIntyre Posted: 07/06/2020

We need to get people back to work, and to do so, we have to make our “new normal” one where community transmission is low

Public health data show that the rate of coronavirus cases is rising again throughout our region. This is a troubling trend, especially when we have just started reopening our economy. Keeping the spread of the virus under control is critical to reopening and recovery.

We are in severe economic pain throughout our region. There are clear links between the issues of public health, racial justice, and an inclusive, equitable economy. As the Seattle Times reported this weekend, coronavirus-related layoffs in our area have disproportionally affected Black workers, younger workers, workers with less education, and lower-paid workers.

We need to get people back to work, and to do so, we have to make our “new normal” one where community transmission is low. To get there, we all need to take the appropriate precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

A quick reminder of best practices:

  • Distancing and staying home are our most powerful prevention measures.
  • Wear face coverings whenever you go out.
  • Whenever possible, keep six feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Limit gatherings with people from outside your household.
  • If you do gather, gathering outdoors is safer than indoors.
  • Get tested at the first sign of illness.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

Our state is under a mask/face covering mandate as of June 26. Only July 2, Governor Inslee announced that starting July 7, he is requiring that businesses turn away customers who are not wearing masks or face coverings. There are some limited exceptions:

  • Those with certain disabilities or health conditions.
  • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Children under the age of 5, though it is encouraged to have children ages 3 to 5 wear a face covering if possible.

If you and your employees need masks or face coverings, we are here to help. The Seattle Metro Chamber, OneRedmond, and Seattle Southside Chamber, in partnership with King County, are distributing 1 million masks and face coverings at low or no cost to businesses in our county. We’re working with more than two dozen partner chambers of commerce to reach as many businesses as possible through free in-person, contact-less pickups as well as online delivery ($20 shipping charge applies).

We held our first pick-up day last week in SODO, where we gave out 650 Safe Supply Kits to businesses. You can see more about how the day went in this KOMO News segment. We are doing more pick-ups throughout the region, and you can sign up for pickup or delivery here.

Our region set a national example for dealing decisively and effectively with the virus back in March. Let’s keep up the good habits that we’ve developed over the past four months. Without a vaccine, they are the best ways we can keep community spread low, keep our economy open, and keep people from getting sick.

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