MBA Programs in Washington
A business mecca, Washington is home to eight Fortune 500 companies. Five are highly recognizable: Costco, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom. Graduates of MBA programs in Washington should also look at business management opportunities at the state's top three employers--Microsoft, Sea-Tac Airport and Providence Health & Services, which employ over 75,000 employees, according to U.S. Department of Labor data.
Seattle was named #13 for business and careers by Forbes.com in 2011 and #5 for biotechnology industry concentration, according to the Office of Economic Development. The Greater Spokane website advertises the city as a center for new technologies in education, health and biosciences research as well as new developments in existing industry sectors.
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With active industry sectors in aerospace, clean technology, manufacturing, life sciences and forest products, the state is also the 5th largest exporter in the U.S., according to the Washington State Department of Commerce. Clean Edge, a clean-tech marketing organization, named Washington 6th on its list of clean energy leadership states. Management opportunities for graduates of business schools in Washington should be available as the state focuses on high-profile, high growth industry sectors, such as clean energy and life sciences.
Bellevue, Wash., is home to the headquarters of about 150 companies. This statistic is impressive, but the diversity of Bellevue's businesses is perhaps even more so. Finance, insurance, real estate, communications, wholesale trade, utilities and computer and data processing companies are all big players contributing to the city's thriving economic base, according to the Puget Sound Regional Council. The city's tech sector saw a huge expansion between 1995 and 2002, and continues to flourish. Avidian, Onyx and Valve are among the city's software and IT solutions firms.
Web-based businesses in a variety of service and retail sectors also have headquarters or major offices in Bellevue, including Expedia and Drugstore.com. Other major Bellevue employers include the Boeing Company Shared Services Group, an arm of the aerospace giant; upscale department store operator Nordstrom; Symetra Financial; Coldstream Capital Management; digital media marketing firm Media Logic; and DCI Engineers. While this extraordinarily diversified business hub is contributing to the economic growth of the Seattle metropolitan area and the surrounding region, Bellevue also has a high profile in the arena of global commerce. More than 900 of the city's businesses are engaged in foreign trade, according to the Bellevue Office of Economic Development.