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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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‘One-stop shop’ for pandemic assistance released for Puget Sound region

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 07/13/2020

Find information and access to food, rent assistance, business loans and additional resources at RecoveryWA.com

Individuals, businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 now have a new “one-stop shop” for resources through the RecoveryWA.com website.

The site, a unique partnership between Microsoft, the City of Seattle, Snohomish County and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, provides information and access to food, rent assistance, business loans and additional resources in one easy-to-navigate location.

RecoveryWA.com provides information on resources throughout the Puget Sound and is quickly being scaled to serve the entire state. Partner organizations developed the site to utilize Seattle-area tech talent to help those impacted by the pandemic. Developers modeled the website from a successful site in south Florida and spent the past weeks tailoring the service for Washington needs.

“Snohomish County, like much of the country, has seen significant economic impacts from the pandemic, and we are working hard with our regional partners to get resources into the hands of those who need them,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “This is another successful public/private partnership that will reduce economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and help get our residents back on firmer financial footing.”

“The collaboration between leaders and staff in cities, non-profits and businesses across the region made this possible, and is critical as we all work together to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 ,” said Bobby Lee, Director of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development. “Our communities, businesses and organizations—particularly those of color and those who need in-language supports—have been overwhelmed trying to navigate bureaucracy to get assistance throughout this crisis. As we move through immediate recovery, a simple path to resources is what our community needs—and that is what this project seeks to provide.”

The website offers resources and contacts in an easy-to-navigate format for all site users. As community needs continue to evolve, the website is designed to adapt with long-term economic recovery in mind.

“It’s important that we rally together to respond to the urgent economic needs developing around us,” said Jane Broom, senior director of Microsoft Philanthropies. “Microsoft is committed to using its technology to work with community leaders to connect people, businesses and nonprofits with the resources they need.”

“Making it as simple as possible for businesses and people to access the resources they need is critical for relief and recovery, especially when it is still not clear how long the impacts of this economic shock will last,” said Markham McIntyre, Executive Vice President of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “This project is a great example of how the public, private and non-profit sectors can work together to deliver an important resource for our whole community.”

For questions or assistance with the site, visitors should email info@recoverywa.com.

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