Washington State: A great place to do business!

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, advanced manufacturing, clean technology, information & communication technology (ICT), life sciences and maritime trades as well as a culture of creativity and collaboration that brought us the age of jet and space 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.

Home grown...


Locally grown may be a relatively new concept in many communities, but Tim's Cascade Chips has been leading the way for the last 30 years. Each year, 40 million Washington grown potatoes are turned into these famed chips, not only celebrating the state's bountiful agriculture industry, but also its passion for excellence.

Check out the amazing story of Tim's Cascade Chips...

Yeah, we invented 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. From the quirky to the downright astounding, our culture of creativity has changed the world with its countless innovations and inventions.

Check out our interactive timeline...

Hot off the presses!


The Department of Commerce, in partnership with Washington State University, has published a new book that covers innovative ways to secure capital to grow a small business or startup or bring a new product or service to market. From the traditional to the cutting edge, chances are good you'll find some great ideas in Startup Wisdom: 27 Strategies for Raising Business Capital.

Check it out now!

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