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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 geekwire.com 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 bendforbusiness@bendoregon.gov.

The Colorado Lift Station is the newest addition to our wastewater infrastructure. See how it will help a City sewer system that is at capacity. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Gwen Moore on her recent appointment by the City Council as our new Municipal Court Judge. Moore is currently a partner with Johnson, Phillips & Moore, LLP, a local family law and mediation practice. The Municipal Judge position is one of two positions appointed by the Council. (The other is the City Manager.) Welcome aboard Gwen! ... See MoreSee Less

This year marks Deschutes County’s 100th Birthday. Did you know Deschutes County is the youngest county in the state? The City of Bend is joining in the celebration of the County’s Centennial, and we’re giving away 10 tickets to the Bend Elk’s Centennial Night game on June 4th.

To be entered into a random drawing to win some tickets to the game, comment below and tag the friend you’ll take with you to the ballpark. (Deadline for being entered into the drawing is noon on May 31.) We’ll select and notify winners through Facebook by June 1, and you can pick up your tickets at City Hall before the end of day on June 3.

For more on the centennial visit www.deschutes.org/100years
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Streets crews have filled more than 250 potholes in the past 60 days. And, we've got a short-term plan to accelerate our pothole filling efforts this summer.

Our Streets crews are prepping for a boosted season of street maintenance with no additional staff, so we intend to use some of the $785,000 that was recently added to the Streets maintenance budget to hire temporary workers who can help us catch up on filling potholes.

And I promise we will not fill them with flowers, as lovely as this is.
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