• 18 Dec 2017 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber is focused on the success of our members... growing locally, regionally and globally.

    Warm connecting' is a focused, effective way of 'networking' advocated and practiced by Global Chamber® that supports effective growth.

    It can be a bit chilly in Seattle, particularly near the water, but it's warm inside when people meet through warm introductions.

    There are many ways to network. For many of our members, 'warm connecting' is the best because there is some thought about your business goals before making a warm introduction - and the person who is introduced is known and will very likely be interested to meet you. People are too busy these days to take meetings with people they don't know UNLESS the intro is from someone they know AND there appears to be something in it for them, as well.

    Read more about 12 tips on warm connecting HERE. And join us to grow your business in warm and wonderful ways.

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  • 09 May 2016

    Wine sales and grape production in Washington State are growing (pun intended) at exciting and very promising rates, according to studies published by the Washington State Wine Commission, as well as analysis by domestic and international wine industry organizations.  The future of Washington State winemaking is cheerful indeed.

    The 2015 study details the economic impact of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the industry’s effect of jobs, income and revenues directly supported by wine growing and affiliated activities such as tourism. Results show an increase in total state economic impact of $1.3 billion since 2009, or a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 percent per year.

    Top 5 key trends in today’s global wine market are:

    1. US Exports have doubled in the past 20 years, while Europe still maintains its position as a global leader, exporting 58% of its production
    2. The US has overtaken France as the world’s #1 wine consumer, with average annual consumption of 12 litres per person
    3. Europe still accounts for 50% of wine consumption worldwide and China offers tremendous potential for US vineyards who can export top quality products
    4. Wine exports, which account for 35% of all production worldwide, have almost doubled in the past 10 years
    5. New wine producing countries have oriented their sales strategies towards world markets and currently export over 50% of their production volume.


    According to the 2015 report, the industry is valued at $8.6 billion annually in Washington State and $14.9 billion annually in the US.

    These findings demonstrate a substantial increase from a similar study conducted in 2007 that valued the industry at $3 billion in-state and $4.7 billion nationally.

    Since 2005, the number of licensed wineries in Washington State has more than doubled from 360 to now well over 700. The state has also added more than 13,000 acres of vineyards during this time - from just over 30,000 acres in 2005 to more than 43,000 acres today.  The study also found that the industry supports nearly 30,000 jobs in Washington State and more than 70,000 jobs nationally, with wages of wages of nearly $1.2 billion and over $2.8 billion, respectively.

    Speaking on behalf of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates at a recent conference, the largest producer in the state, president and chief executive officer Ted Baseler said, "This report shows that the future is indeed very bright for Washington State as one of the marquee premium wine growing regions of the world." He added, "Everything we do in Washington is about producing the highest quality wines."

    According to the study, the industry generates more than $237 million in annual tax revenues to the state of Washington and pays nearly $1.4 billion annually in taxes across the country. Tourism in the state’s wine region is also booming, and yet it is in its infancy.  The growth potential of the wine-growing region, and wine-hospitality related businesses has barely been tapped.

    Each year, Washington State draws more than 2.4 million wine-related tourists who spend nearly $1.1 billion in communities throughout the state, and these numbers are expected to double every couple of years.

    For the first time, this study also provides a snapshot of the industry's economic impact at the county level. According to the report, King County, surrounding Seattle, has the largest concentration of wine-related activity - more than $3.3 billion annually. Other county totals include Benton County ($927 million annually), Yakima County ($527 million annually), and Walla Walla County ($502 million annually).

     The latest Stats by the Washington State Wine Commission:

    • Wine grape acreage: 50,000

    • Wine production: 14.8 million cases – 37% growth from 2009

    • Wineries: 860+ – Up 32% from 2009 • Wine grape growers: 350+

    • Varieties produced: 40+

    The future of the industry is also being well cared for and that is greatly because of the work of he Washington Wine Industry Foundation. The WWIF is comprised of people who have helped grow the Washington wine industry from the beginning. Using that experience, they identify challenges facing the industry. The support of donors enables WWIF to pursue grants and other resources to tackle those challenges. Over the past 14 years, WWIF has been awarded $2,218,296 in Federal and state grants to local wineries and wine making programs, and awarded scholarships totaling $168,400 to 33 students pursuing degrees in viticulture and enology in Washington State.

    Projects have addressed education, risk management, winery safety, clean plants, cost-of-production calculators, integrated pest management and other topics.

    The flourishing Washington wine industry was not built on the success of one winery or one grower. It was built on hundreds of wineries, thousands of grape growers and field workers, and the expertise of an entire community.  WWIF is passionate about propelling Washington forward as a highly regarded wine region. With the funds received through donations and events, WWIF provides solutions and programs that deliver tangible benefits. Contributions to scholarships make it possible for students to pursue degrees in viticulture and enology.

    The Global Chamber Seattle will be exploring opportunities to partner with organizations and members of the wine industry and being a part of the exciting future of Washington State Wines.


    Be Global, Be Unstoppable.

    Andrea Hansen

    Global Chamber® Seattle 




    Washington State Wine Council

  • 09 May 2016

    You’ve heard the line before: one in three jobs in Washington State is connected to cross-border trade.   This statement usually comes accompanied by another stat – Washington State is the most trade dependent in the nation.   Well, both are old news, and no longer accurate. The newly-formed Global Chamber® Seattle takes a closer look at the exciting realities of Global Trade in the Metropolitan Seattle region.

    In 1999, the Washington State Department of Commerce published the original study that by now has been referenced in hundreds, if not thousands, of internet and printed articles.  The real numbers today, however, are much more impressive. Current stats offer a glimpse as to why the Pacific Northwest continues to grow faster than the rest of the country, has a lower unemployment rate and attracts a higher level of educated professionals.  Trade is good.

    Today over 40% of Washington State jobs are connected to global trade, and 4% of the state’s businesses export, compared to a national average of 1%.  There are at many reasons why the greater Seattle metro area is at the forefront of national development and economic growth.

    1.         Our booming tech sector, aerospace and a roster of Fortune500 companies based here drive much of Foreign Direct Investment to the region.  Over 80% of Boeing’s planes are sold to foreign customers, as are over 60% of Microsoft sales.  There is also evidence of significant success of professional services expanding overseas: architecture and law firms are busy doing projects overseas and setting up offices in many countries.
    2.        Industries that barely existed 10 to 15 years ago today are huge drivers of economic success and attract highly qualified professionals and scientists to the area. Interactive media/gaming, the wine industry and global health services are among the brightest newcomers showing double digit growth year after year and their future is incredibly promising. According to a recent Washington State Global Health Alliance report, over 60 state health organizations account for 2500 initiatives and projects in 156 countries.
    3.         The region’s leading Education and Scientific Research Organizations are attractive to international firms for the future employees they educate and the research they generate.
    4.        The area boasts 4.5% share of total private sector jobs at foreign owned companies, invests over 19% of corporate revenue in R&D and pays higher professional wages than the national average ($77K versus $60K)
    5.        The Greater Seattle population is highly educated, with 37% holding a Bachelor’s Degree; it is equidistant between Tokyo and London, easily accessible to all major international markets, served by major airlines, a top desirable destination for college grads and entrepreneurs and the 3rd largest container complex in North America.

    So what is the true impact of trade on our state’s economy? Why should we care?  Well, if our estimates are right, at least half of us are involved in jobs that are trade-related, and our future is directly linked to the investments made in keeping this area attractive to foreign investors and competitive in foreign trade and lobbying our State leaders to continue to address head on the legislative roadblocks that can get in the way of progress and development.

    While the economic recovery in other parts of the country is considered sluggish at best, Seattle businesses have reason to smile. Exports have been one of the few strong points in the economy since it officially left the Great Recession.

    And the winners aren’t just Boeing, Microsoft and the ports. For example, about 30 percent of Washington’s tree fruit is sold overseas. Global health is a segment of increasing importance. Smaller companies and organizations as varied as Redmond’s Genie Industries and Sign Fracture Care International of Richland reach out to the globe.

    Still, the global is the local here. The TPP might promise a boost to business with many of the Asian economies that are among Washington’s biggest customers, as well as lower supply-chain costs. Vietnam is seen as particularly important partner in immediate future developments, and Global Chamber is already present there, ready to facilitate relationships for American member companies.

    Russia? It’s the 10th-largest economy, but only America’s 37th-biggest trading partner (Washington is fifth among the states exporting to the Russian Federation). Supporters see room for much growth. Russia is also a big producer of titanium, an important part of composite airplanes such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Match made in Global Chamber heaven.

    Businesses want speedier visa processing so foreign executives can get here more easily. It’s also important to the tourism industry, so visitors can stay longer. But Competitiveness is an ongoing effort and requires long term commitment and engagement of private enterprises and government. For example, Canada’s rising port of Prince Rupert is a result of a national strategy, including public and private investments in rail lines to speed imports from Asia to markets in the American Midwest, places that had previously depended on Puget Sound ports.

    So even a winning trade state can’t rest.

    Join Global Chamber Seattle and stay tune for coming announcements of events and opportunities.  We will be sharing resources, intelligence and facilitating connections for local Seattle businesses who want to be part of the most dramatic stat yet: by 2018 79% of global economic growth will happen outside the United States.


    Be Global. Be Unstoppable!



    Washington Council on International Trade

    Economic Development Council of King County