CS Seattle Local Partners
We are proud to work alongside our Local Partners to fulfill our mission of supporting the export community across the state of Washington.
The Washington State Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. As the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington, the agency administers a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on helping communities achieve positive growth.
The agency’s key customers include businesses, local governments, tribes and community-based organizations, and they also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, both public and private in order to support the Governor’s priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.
The Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW), created in 1983, provides free export finance advice and counseling assistance to small and medium sized exporters or prospective Washington State-based exporters. They provide consultation services in payment risk mitigation and export finance including credit insurance, letters of credit, foreign exchange, Export-Import Bank and Small Business Administration export finance guaranty programs. EFACW provides critical information on how to finance and get paid for export sales while also acting as a matchmaker for exporters’ banking relationships.
Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) is a public-private economic development corporation working to ensure that every person in the region has an opportunity to prosper by driving investment and quality jobs into the region. GSP represents and promotes the economic development and trade activities for the greater Seattle region, home to diverse sectors that are creating industries of the future. From aerospace and technology to agriculture and life sciences, the broader region boasts global industry leaders and cutting-edge institutions.
The Washington District Export Council (DEC) is a volunteer organization drawn from Washington State businesses, governmental agencies and non-profits. The members have in-depth knowledge and experience in international business and are available as a unique source of professional advice to help other Washington firms compete and win business in the international marketplace. The Washington DEC works closely with our office to accomplish its mission through:
• Counseling, educating and mentoring local businesses;
• Identifying key issues affecting U.S. and Washington industry competitiveness in the global
• Enhancing the efforts of the Seattle US Export Assistance Center.
Please visit the National Association of District Export Councils for more information.