According to a 2017 US Census Bureau report, Seattle was the fastest growing city in the United States. Since the beginning of the decade, Seattle has added an average of 16,000 people each year. This surpasses the post-Gold-Rush-age (Seattle’s golden age for population boom) the previous record holder.
What is causing this influx of new Emerald City citizens? The most obvious connection is the tech boom over the last ten years. Giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, and Expedia are based here, have offices here, or are expected to have a presence here within the next few years. Startups also have a large presence with hopefuls popping up daily.
ATLAS Workbase, a shared workspace located between Lower Queen Anne and South Lake Union, supports the new and veteran business people who call Seattle home. A great alternative to the classic office rental space, many startups, small businesses, and remote workers take advantage of the flexible membership options and amenities that can be found in in the space.
In addition, ATLAS Workbase offers a great networking avenue for new business owners and freelancers, with events and mixers happening weekly. In addition, fellow professionals working out of the space are often looking to make contacts and connections.
Staying up to date is important. It can be a challenge to keep up with the quickly shifting business environment. For perspective, here are some of the best resources available for staying in the know and relevant in the Seattle business scene, for Seattleites, job seekers, freelancers, and those who just want to have a presence in the ever-evolving landscape of their city.
Seattle Business Magazine
Part business news, part Seattle culture commentator, Seattle Business Magazine is a great way to stay entertained and up-to-date on the news about the Seattle Business scene. The magazine appears in both physical form (Seattle Business Magazine) and as an online news source (seattlebusinessmag.com). The content spans from public interest pieces like “5 Regionally Inspired Seattle Hot Dogs” to more straightforward business related content like “Is This Microsoft ‘Renaissance’ the Real Thing?”
The magazine offers sections similar to what you’d find in most business magazines including such topics as technology, economics and business operations. They also stay relevant to Seattle residents’ interests with sections featuring profiles of local names in business, the green efforts of local businesses, and small family businesses.
Finally, the magazine is responsible for producing several high profile award events for businesses in the Pacific Northwest. The events include Executive Excellence Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For, Leaders in Health Care Awards, Tech Impact Awards, Community Impact Awards, Family Business Awards and Retail Nexus.
Their Twitter, @SeattleBusiness, has over thirteen thousand followers and the staff regularly tweets on various Seattle topics.
Puget Sound Business Journal
The Puget Sound Business Journal is produced by the American City Business Journals, the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States. They boast 43 publications across the United States. PSBJ is one of the most respected business news outlets in the Seattle area and the go-to first choice for updates on the Seattle business scene.
Readers can subscribe the the PSBJ in physical form as well as digital. For $140, subscribers receive 52 print issues of PSBJ each year plus additional subscriber-only online content, and newsletters.
PSBJ online includes breaking news by respected writers and stories that are regularly updated. Sections include a variety of industries from media and education to real estate and tourism. Readers can also find sections on profiles for powerful people, awards, and commercial real estate listings.
Steering away from stories that rely overtly on pop culture and public interest, headlines range from “Smartsheet files to go public in $100 million IPO” to “Bob Ferguson joins other attorneys general in seeking answers from Facebook’s Zuckerberg.”
The newspaper was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2010 for a series of stories about the federal shutdown of Washington Mutual and the foreclosure crisis written by Kirsten Grind and Jeanne Lang Jones. The newspaper was also honored by Congressman Dave Reichert for the “inclusive and thorough” reporting.
On the tech side of things: Seattle based writers Todd Bishop and John Cook started GeekWire after writing about technology for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Business Journal. GeekWire is now the go-to resource for tech business news and developments. While it covers international tech news, it’s heavily influenced by the local business and startup scene.
GeekWire, the youngest resource on the list, launched as an online only resource in 2011 and offers a contemporary point of view for the Seattle Business scene.
As well as news, GeekWire provides Seattleites with many local resources for the startup and tech community, including the GeekWork job board, GeekWire 200 startup ranking, GeekWire Seattle engineering outpost list, the Startup List database, Service Provider Directory and GeekWire Calendar. They often feature up-and-coming startups on their website, driving traffic to new companies.
GeekWire articles are all business/technology all the time, with categories that span Amazon, Microsoft, space and science. Headlines range from “Car2go and ReachNow car-sharing services to merge in deal between auto giants Daimler, BMW” to “GoDaddy signs multiyear deal with Amazon Web Services for ‘vast majority’ of its computing infrastructure.”
Daily Journal of Commerce
Formerly the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, this website is a great recourse for local business news. The tagline of the website is “Helping Business do Business Since 1893,” which tells you a bit about what to expect.
Like so many newspapers , the DJC has gone through a series of name changes and adjustments over its long life. It took its current form as the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (now mostly sans the “Seattle”) in 1989.
The DJC is a daily paper (6 days per week), available both online and in print. There are a variety of packages ranging in price from $80 – $500 per year. Subscribers receive many perks, from delivery of print versions to their door to special online access.
Focus areas range from business to environment and weekend events to architecture. The writing style is straight to the point and avoids fluff. Headlines completely avoid clickbait and tell you exactly what you are going to find inside. They range from “Alliance buys Tukwila site for housing” to “Tesla offers college to train technicians.”
The Seattle Times Business Section
The Seattle Times is the most recognized newspaper in the Puget Sound area and one of the last remaining major city dailies in the country. It has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest area. It was founded by the Blethen family in 1896 and now Frank Blethen is the fourth-generation publisher. It has earned 10 Pulitzer Prizes since its inception and has been a finalist for 14 more since 1982.
Unlimited digital access is $3.99 per week. Seven day physical delivery is $8.70 each week.
The Business section is included with the newspaper seven days a week. It features articles on Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft and columns on technology, economy, and real estate. Headlines range from “Whole Foods reportedly laying off regional marketing staff, store graphic artists” to “All Seattle’s new wealth couldn’t save many homeowners from foreclosure.”
The Seattle Times Business Section is a good resource for a broad look at business in Seattle, but business isn’t the main focus of the newspaper. Deep dives into economics and local business news might be best kept to the other staples on the list.
The Seattle P-I Business Section
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a long and storied history. It was started as the Seattle Gazette in 1863. After several sales and merges, it eventually became the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (or the Seattle P-I, or just The P-I, or the Post-Intelligencer) in 1881. It was taken over by William Randolph Hearst in 1921 and it’s still owned by the Hearst organization to this day. In 1936, 35 P-I staff members went on strike. The book Unionism or Hearst: the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Strike of 1936 was written on the matter. In 2009 the P-I switched to online only, with a much slimmer team, due to falling sales.
The newspaper is reputable and has a good staff of reporters, but the stories are not as detailed as the other options on the list. The Business Section offers categories for Boeing/Aerospace and Microsoft/Tech. Article headlines range from “China’s bus-size space station is about 100 hours away from crashing to Earth” to “Stormy Daniels reportedly kept a dress she wore while seeing Trump.”
Crosscut is a local news blog connected to KCTS9. It’s an independent, reader-supported non profit website that spans politics, culture, environment, equity and opinions. It also takes a look at some Seattle business news, especially that pertaining to Amazon and other technology issues. Recent relevant topics include “If Seattle’s business tax passes, expect a higher grocery bill” and “A Redmond company’s cosmic gamble.”
Seattle Business Blogs
All About Microsoft
If you’re a Seattle resident wanting to keep an eye on one of the largest employers Microsoft, Mary Jo Foley’s blog is the way to do it. In “All About Microsoft,” Mary Jo blogs almost daily with updates and news having to do exclusively with the Pacific Northwest giant. Topics include “Microsoft bullish on Congress’ inclusion of CLOUD Act in funding bill” and “Microsoft delivers first test build of Windows Server 2019.”
The Puget Sound Regional Council (or someone involved therein) releases a relevant blog article every couple of days regarding Seattle business interests. They are typically from a more governmental point of view, covering new members of councils, urban growth, new jobs, etc.Headlines include “Leaders join the table at PSRC’s Executive Board” and “Centers Framework Update.”
A Sack of Seattle
Andy Sack is a pretty big deal in the Seattle business community. He’s founded three successful technology companies and serves on the board of several others. He is the co-founder of Co-Founders Co-op and the executive director of Techstars Seattle. He is big into startups and networking and he blogs at A Sack of Seattle. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on in the Seattle startup scene, especially for newbie entrepreneurs.
Chris Devore only blogs from time to time (about once a month) but is another good Seattle resource with a passion for startups and internet tech businesses. He is a managing director of Techstars Seattle and a seed investor for Co-Founds Co-op. He’s also on the board of Friends of the Waterfront.
Seattle Business Networking Meetups and Events
One great way to keep on top of the evolution of the business scene in Seattle, while keeping your business senses honed, is to network with other professionals. Meeting new people and sharing shop talk over a drink or two is one of the most pleasant way to spend a happy hour while still being productive and making contacts.
With so much happening in this city everyday, it may be overwhelming to jump right in. But Seattle makes it incredibly easy to network with other entrepreneurs, freelancers and folks with a passion for small business. Meetups and networking events for professionals are happening almost daily.
At ATLAS Workbase, networking events are regularly hosted on site, from venture capital talks to women in tech panels. In March, ATLAS played host to a Diversity in Sales panel, a Wellness Professional networking event, an International Women’s Day Speed Mentorship event, and more.
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Here are some other places to keep an eye out for Seattle Networking Events
Event Brite A Simple and straightforward list of events that is easy to organize and track.
I Love Seattle Discover networking, community leadership, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities that match your professional, social and civic interests.
MeetUp: One of the most thorough resources for local networking events in Seattle.
Young Professionals of Seattle – The Largest Community of Young Professionals on the West Coast. YPOS also happens to call ATLAS Workbase home.