Doing Business

Welcome! The City of Stanwood is open and ready for business!


Stanwood, WA, a coastal community, is located just 40 miles from Seattle. Stanwood combines the best of northwest living with easy access to urban centers and outdoor activities. The city is the hub of the greater Stanwood-Camano Island region with a market of approximately 30,000 residents in northern Snohomish and Island counties. Looking for an expansion site or a home for your business? Be sure Stanwood is on your list!


The City of Stanwood is committed to exceptional customer service. Our pledge is to provide you with prompt, courteous, accurate, complete and personalized assistance, whether you are opening a new firm, expanding, or relocating a business. We have a team ready to assist you with answers to your questions and we are prepared to offer you a smooth transition as you begin doing business in Stanwood.

A Place to Do Business

The City of Stanwood is located in a beautiful setting. We are nestled on the edge of Puget Sound with access to Mount Baker and the Cascade mountain range. Since West Stanwood was founded in 1870 as a thriving port community, the city has been the economic and cultural center for residents in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties.

Today, the city has a diverse economy serving over 40,000 regional residents. Although we have retained our small town Scandinavian character, we are home to a range of employers and retailers including home-based businesses, locally owned shops and restaurants, national chains, light industrial and manufacturing companies. The city is situated in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.

Our community recognizes the value of the natural environment. We are environmentally conscious. We welcome business and residents that share our enthusiasm for sustainable development. We are seeking business leaders and entrepreneurs who are looking to relocate to a family friendly city with good schools and a well-educated workforce.

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Main Street America

Calling All Small Business Owners!

For small businesses, COVID-19 has presented challenges and disruptions unlike any we’ve known before. To support small business owners as they look ahead to recovery, the virtual Main Street Now Conference will offer an engaging and informative day of sessions with content designed uniquely for small business owners.

Small Business Day, held on Tuesday, April 13, will provide attendees with guidance and actionable insight to help entrepreneurs move forward in our continuously changing commerce landscape. For a discounted registration rate of only $25*, Small Business Day attendees will have access to sessions ranging from live, interactive workshops with retail experts and plenaries with thought leaders to a happy hour with fellow entrepreneurs.


*Small businesses located in a Main Street America or UrbanMain district are eligible for free registration to the conference’s small business content. Contact your local director contact for the coupon code.

Washington State - Washingtonians can support the state's hardest-hit businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector this holiday season through an innovative campaign that reminds them that "every gift you give can be a gift given twice."

 The campaign and website, produced by the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), features more than 1,200 statewide gift card offers for shopping, dining, theater, and nightlife that can be purchased online or by phone. Additionally, the website includes links to community "buy local" programs throughout Washington which include holiday shopping sales, dining and take-out offers, lodging specials, and many other business promotions that allow consumers to save money while supporting small businesses struggling to stay afloat.  

 "The tourism industry has been hit hardest by the pandemic with some $8 billion in lost visitor expenditures since March 1," said David Blandford, interim executive director for WTA. "Before Covid-19, tourism led job growth in Washington, but has incurred job losses of more than 40 percent during the pandemic."  

 Some 80 percent of state tourism businesses are considered small businesses and many - especially retailers and restaurants - count on holiday season sales to stay in the black.  

 The WTA is marketing and advertising to help drive consumer traffic to these businesses and communities throughout Washington. Visit the program at See the campaign promotional video here. Washington State businesses can sign up to participate in the program here.

Camano businesses should use the region "The Islands".

Snohomish County Tourism Bureau

The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau can help with:

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  • Locate power, water, sewer, and transportation resources
  • Relocation support
  • Streamlined permit processing
  • Tax rebates and deferrals information
  • Workforce training information