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. 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.

Home grown...


Washington State at the bleeding edge of pop culture? You can thank Funko for this bold claim to fame. The collectible company seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to what's hot in the world and creating cool, new collectibles that "funatical" fans can't get enough of. From Batman and Spiderman to Jon Snow of Games of Thrones, Funko seems to have the Midas Touch in collectibles.

Check out the amazing true story of Funko...

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, 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...

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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