Washington State: Building Business Legends

An Inspirational Lifestyle

Revolutionary ideas flow like water around here…

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Getting Around

Washington State is easy to get to and easy to get around…

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10 Great Reasons to Choose Washington

The coffee’s not bad either…

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Invest In Your Future... And Ours

800 multinational firms are in Washington… make it 801!

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The birthplace of such business legends as Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Expedia, Microsoft, Nordstrom, PACCAR, Starbucks and REI, Washington State offers site selectors and investors a critical mass of highly skilled workers in aerospace, agriculture, clean technology, information & communication technology (ICT), forest products, life science/global health and maritime. Our culture of creativity and collaboration brought the world the age of jet travel, spawned an international coffee culture with a language all its own, built digital empires out of slivers of silicon and strings of binary code, and in the process, fundamentally changed the way people around the world shop, travel, eat, drink, relax, dress and think.

Keep Clam!

Founded by showman and folk singer Ivar Haglund, this group of legendary seafood restaurants is not only noted for their delicious clam chowder and fish ‘n’ chips but also their often outlandish promotions. Ivar’s has captured the very essence of Washington’s unique pioneer spirit and quirky traditions for nearly 80 years.

Check out Ivar’s amazing fish tale…

Yeah, we created that!


Every state wants to lay claim to inventing one thing or another. But the truth is, Washington State has invented some pretty amazing stuff over the years, including down parkas, the kidney dialysis machine, pickleball, Instant Breakfast, bone marrow transplantation, the Slinky Dog and a whole lot more.

Check out our fascinating timeline of Washington innovations and inventions…

Grow your  business

To help Washington small businesses grow statewide, the Department of Commerce has created the Economic Gardening program, which provides qualifying “second-stage” companies with consulting, data and intelligence that can help them reach the next level of growth and expansion.

Check it out now!


CNBC’s Top States for Business in 2017


Lowest Cost Energy in U.S.
(Department of Energy)


Most Innovative U.S. State


Best State Economy

In The News…

Cherry growers see record-breaking harvest, again.

Washington State may be best known for apples, but this season's cherry harvest is on track to top previous production records. Cherry harvest runs in two cycles. Early harvest of the classic Rainier and Bing cherries are picked and shipped in time for July 4th...
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$62 million? That’s a big 10-4 for Convoy.

With an eye on upending the way goods are moved across the U.S., Seattle startup Convoy has netted a nice nest egg to bring its vision to life. Like an Uber or Lyft for people, Convoy connects truckers with loads, bypassing the traditional system of brokers and manual...
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Fibro reinvents the egg carton.

The humble beginnings of a business are often lost over time. But in the case of Fibro Corp., it was a trip to the supermarket a decade ago that not only launched a new company, but changed the way the seemingly simple egg carton is made. It all began when Paul Zhang...
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Washington aerospace lands new business at Paris Air Show.

With over a century of know-how, Washington State aerospace companies play a leading role in the design and manufacture of commercial aircraft worldwide. Over 1,400 aerospace companies and more than 136,000 highly skilled workers in Washington design and build...
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Washington State: Tops for business.

Citing Washington's fast-growing economy, a remarkable list of top-tier global businesses, a concentration of highly-skilled STEM and technology workers, exceptional research institutions and outstanding quality of life, CNBC ranks Washington State as America's Top...
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Fast ferry service cuts commute by half.

Commuters on the west side of Puget Sound can now enjoy a quick commute to downtown Seattle, thanks to a new fast ferry service that kicked off this week. The Kitsap Peninsula is fast becoming a hotbed for housing as new residents seek affordable housing options in a...
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Democratizing outer space with a small satellite revolution.

Learning more about our own planet, gathering global intelligence to help commercial industries,academics and government agencies is the mission of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries. Their BlackSky constellation of data collecting satellites gives customers an...
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AI is speaking in natural language.

Washington State-based artificial intelligence and machine learning companies are staying ahead of the curve. Kitt.ai, a spinoff from Paul Allen's Institute for Artificial Intelligence, has developed a widely used platform that utilizes natural conversational speech...
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