Where to start

Are you interested in starting a business in Seattle? You can contact this go-to resource for business development in Seattle to answer your questions and get started.

About Seattle’s Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development (OED) works to maximize Seattle's potential as a thriving hub for businesses, jobs, and economic opportunity for everyone in our city.  Our business development efforts seek to create jobs and foster a diverse array of industry sectors.

How OED can help

OED supports international companies looking to invest or open offices in Seattle.  OED provides soft-landing services and referrals to a network of local partners that streamline the process of entering the Seattle market.  Contact OED directly for more information.

Contact OED

Are you considering setting up your business in the Seattle Area? Don’t hesitate to contact one of our team members if you have a specific question related to your industry or country

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+1 (206) 684-8090

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The City of Seattle

Office of Economic Development

PO Box 94708

Seattle, WA 98124-4708

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Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.