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

When you see smoke in the distance - outside of Bend's boundaries - and wonder what's going on, @CentralORFire on Twitter is a great place to get frequent updates.

You might bookmark Central Oregon Emergency Information Network too.

6 p.m. on Friday May 26: There is an active fire in the area of Tumalo Falls Trail. Fire and law enforcement are on the fire. The trailhead area has been evacuated.

A Level 1 (Be Ready) pre-evacuation notice has been issued for the Skyliner's Sudvision and Tumalo Lake Lodge.
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Your Weekly Road and Traffic Report for May 29-June 3 is ready. Go to for the latest information about areas where you should expect traffic delays. (27th Street, Industrial Way, Purcell Boulevard, to name a few.)

O.B. Riley Road also has a new project going on. For the North Area Sewer construction work, there are southbound lane closures on O.B. Riley. Please note: Businesses are still open, including McKay Cottage, Shilo Inn & Fat Tuesdays. Detour map and more info at

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Here's a few photos from today's prescribed fire in Shevlin Park. Prescribed burns are meant to maintain and restore forest health and reduce the potential negative effects of a severe wildfire in Shevlin Park. The Deschutes National Forest led the burn.

The prescribed fire should be completed in a day or two. Once it is safe to reopen the park, signage will be removed and areas will be available for recreation.

During the active burning period nearby residents and park visitors will see and smell smoke. People are encouraged to keep their doors and windows closed during the burning and the evening following the burning to reduce impacts from smoke.

Most smoke should move out of the area within the day though there may be some smoldering on the following day or two.

Firefighters will monitor the area for several days following the burn.
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What was going on in Shevlin Park today? Listen to the overview from Battalion Chief Dave Howe ... See MoreSee Less