The Lifestyle City Cultivating Tomorrow’s Economy

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, we’re here to help you relocate your business, start a business of any type 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

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.

Join us tonight in recognition and appreciation of outgoing Councilors Jodie Barram, Mark Capell and Scott Ramsay at 7 p.m. at Bend City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street. You can also live stream the Council meeting at bendoregon.gov/councilagenda. Three new Councilors will be sworn in at the first meeting in January. ... See MoreSee Less

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Affordable housing is a real concern in our community. Bend 2030 recently completed a forum on this complex issue. Here’s what we learned… ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, our three new Councilors-elect hit the streets with City staff and sitting Councilors to view important projects and facilities, including - pictured here - a sewer lift station expansion project and the water reservoir and treatment site. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Job openings in Finance and Police departments at City #inBend - check www.bendoregon.gov/jobs for opportunities that might suit you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Reminder: Upcoming Galveston Avenue concept meeting, Thursday, December 11, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 710 NW Wall St. in Bend. Learn about and weigh in on concept proposals that could shape the future of Galveston Avenue.
The open house, drop-in meeting is aimed at Old Bend and River West neighborhoods and property owners along the corridor but is open to the public.
More project information: www.bendoregon.gov/galveston
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