The Lifestyle City Cultivating Tomorrow’s Economy

We’re here to help you relocate your business, start a business, or grow an existing business. Our team approach to business expansion and economic development ensures that you have a partner every step of the way in Bend, Oregon.

Bend Chamber
of Commerce

The Bend Chamber is a great resource for businesses seeking education, outreach, advocacy and networking. Through programs and practices they put businesses in the position to thrive – individually and collectively.  Providing the tools and resources Bend businesses, visitors, relocators, and the community needs to succeed.


The City of
Bend, Oregon

The City of Bend values its business community and looks to local business leaders for input on City policies that impact economic development and business growth.  Our goal is to diversify the City’s economic foundation through investment in infrastructure and urban form.


Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Central Oregon business begins with EDCO. Our mission is to create a diversified local economy and a strong base of middle class jobs in Central Oregon.  Whatever stage your business is in Executive Director Roger Lee and his economic development team have the tools and information to assist you.


The Small Business
Development Center (SBDC)

The Central Oregon SBDC works one-on-one with entrepreneurs to start, build and expand their businesses. Experienced advisors provide knowledge, support and educational workshops. Businesses can gain access to practical resources for business planning, financing, and market research.


Bend is the lifestyle city cultivating tomorrow’s economy.  With easy access to mountain biking, rock climbing and trail running, short commute times and relative affordability, many have landed in Bend for its quality of life.  The outdoor lifestyle has attracted highly skilled talent and in the last year, Bend ranked in a recent Kaufmann Foundation report due to the City’s ability to generate tech start-ups.  More recently the city was highlighted in asking if Bend can be the next Boulder.

Our entrepreneurial spirit does not end with tech start ups. In Bend there is a multitude of ways to connect to the business community or to find information that will help you grow or relocate your business.  In addition to the four primary organizations above, there are dozens more that support business development in Bend. Each provides a unique service.  If you can’t figure out which is best for you, give us a call 541.388.5529.

Connecting to the Business Community

Are you interested in a professional development event? Are you an entrepreneur looking for funding resources?  Do you need a loan to make an investment in your business? Is it time to draft an employee handbook?  Do you need to find your next supervisor or manager?

Relocating your Business or Starting one

Do you need data to help you compare Bend to other regions in the country?  Or are you looking for business incentives?  Are you working on a business plan and you need to know more about our employment trends in our region?

Is it time to Visit Bend?

Bend is a magnificent place to explore on your own or with your family.  Come visit us. Let us help you get started. Contact us at 541.388.5529 or

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The countdown is on . . . . Beginning next Monday, October 5th, the Colorado Ave. bridge will be CLOSED for six weeks. Detours will be in place for all traffic. We really appreciate your patience and ...

Do you live in the southeast part of town? Neighbors in the greater Kings Forest and Orion Greens area are encouraged to attend an open house style meeting to learn about and discuss an upcoming sewer line installation project in the neighborhood. See attached map for project route.

Stop by Jewell School’s gym between 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, to see maps and learn about the project, including what to expect during construction and how access to homes may be impacted.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of October, 2015 with a completion date in November, 2016. More information can be found at the city’s website at
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Reminder: The Colorado Avenue Bridge in southwest Bend will be closed to all traffic from October 5th through November 17. All traffic will be detoured during the five-week period and travelers are advised to use alternate routes. Please see map for detours. ... See MoreSee Less

Who says City Hall is boring? Public reception tonight for the City Walls at City Hall art exhibit. Meet the artists from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street. The special exhibition features the works of studio artists from The Workhouse. The “Bend Bug” piece is even painted with beer! How Bend is that? ... See MoreSee Less