About Seattle

AboutSeattle

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.


Doing Business

The Seattle metro area has it all: globally recognized companies – including Amazon.comBoeing Commercial AirplanesMicrosoft CorporationStarbucks Coffee CompanyCostcoWeyerhaeuserNordstromREIAlaska AirlinesThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and more - growing small and minority-owned businesses, highly skilled workers, cutting-edge research and thriving industry clusters.

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.

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 JournalFacebookSalesforce.comZynga, 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.

Our region 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.

Learn more about how to grow your business here on our Resources page. Looking to move your business to our region? Reach out to Greater Seattle Partners.  

Visiting

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, museums, taxi and bus services, tours, museums, and other attractions.

Are you attending a conference or planning an event in the Seattle area? Chamber members are here to help! You can also find trusted venues, photographers, event planners, caterers, and more in our member directory.

For more information on things to do, see, and experience in Seattle, please check out Visit Seattle


Relocating

Looking for reputable businesses to help your business or family relocate to Seattle? Chamber members are here to help! You can find trusted real estate companies, movers, and more in our Membership Directory.

Community News

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Questions about PPP forgiveness? Pivoting your business outdoors?

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 11/23/2020

Catch up on key details with the latest webinars from our #WeGotThisWA series

Many businesses are struggling to survive due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, and with explosive growth in daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and new restrictions, businesses are suffering even more going into the cold and rainy months. The Chamber's #WeGotThisWA webinar series is here to help our region's businesses navigate the pandemic. 

Expanding outdoors? 
To help businesses expand into safe and socially distanced outdoor operations as the pandemic continues, the City of Seattle has extended their temporary Street Use permits through October 2021. This means Seattle Department of Transportation will continue to issue free sidewalk café and curb space permits, plus free street closure permits. The Seattle Fire Department will also issue free tent and heating permits. Representatives from SDOT and SFD discussed what you need to know during our November 19 #WeGotThisWA webinar, which you can listen to here.

Filing for Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness? 
In addition, we dove into the specifics of PPP Loan forgiveness at our November 20 #WeGotThisWA webinar with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Washington Small Business Development Center. They shared examples of the forgiveness application forms, borrower documentation requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions about the process. You can listen to the whole webinar here.

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We will continue to advocate on your behalf. As the economic consequences from the pandemic continue, we are pressing for more aid at every level of government, especially during this stage when businesses have to restrict activities. Our advocacy includes urging Governor Inslee to make more funding available to businesses, and we are encouraged by the $50 million commitment he made in his November 20 remarks. We are also urging our public officials to recognize the fragile state of our economy as they consider policy proposals that affect business costs.

We also stand with state, regional, and local leaders in urging Congress to take action now on a broad federal relief package that includes assistance for small businesses as well as for state and local governments. Businesses and their workers are going into this third wave without many of the programs that Congress authorized earlier this year – programs that helped many businesses weather the earlier restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.

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