Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
  • photo #1
  • photo #2
  • photo #3
  • photo #4

Business in Seattle

Seattle is a flourishing metropolis -- driven by a diverse and resilient economy, strong entrepreneurial spirit and historically vital business sectors. Use the choices below to see what makes Seattle thrive and to find City resources to help your business grow.

Grow Seattle

As a starting point, visit, a portal to business services at the City of Seattle to START | GROW | and GREEN your business.


Who Can Help

List of City Purchasing and Contracting officials for dispute resolution, advocacy, assistance, and marketing.


View construction bids solicitations, City guidelines and templates.


View goods and services solicitations, search contracts, contact a buyer.


View solicitations, search contracts, get Consultant Roster information.

Online Business Directory

Search for companies interested in doing business with the City or add/update your firm to listing.

Women and Minority Business (WMBE)

Tools for minority-owned and women-owned businesses (WMBEs).


Online tax resource information. Pay Seattle Business License Tax or Occupation Utility online.

Business Licenses

Apply for a new or renew a Seattle Business License online or Search for a city licensed business.

Building and Construction Permits

Online links for the City's Department of Planning and Development, King County and Washington State.

City Surplus

Auctions and Sales information for City surplus property; Includes Vehicles, equipment, furniture, computers, industrial material and city street signs.

Seattle Economy and Trade

Seattle: A Better Way to Work. Why Seattle thrives, FAQs, Seattle's WiFi Project and International Trade Information.

Labor Equity

Program and policies for the hiring of women and minority workers, particularly Seattle residents, on City construction projects.

Business Events

Business Blog Posts