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.

Stone Lodge Retirement Center invited Bend Police officers to join them at a waffle bar earlier this month as they worked to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Bend Police enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the community. ... See MoreSee Less

Weather forecasts call for temperatures to reach or exceed 90 degrees this week in Central Oregon. The City of Bend is encouraging all residents to use water wisely as temperatures increase in coming days and water use increases. Residents are urged to focus their attention on outdoor water use this time of year. Please note irrigation hours and best practices. ... See MoreSee Less

The 20th Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, engages business partners, river users, and community members in hands-on stewardship activities on the Deschutes River. Join us as we remove harmful weeds and instream debris and clean-up litter along the Deschutes River. Recreation use of the river has increased dramatically over the past few years and, unfortunately, so too has the amount of debris that ends up in the river. Approximately 160,000 people now float the river through Bend every summer, leaving behind cell phones, flip flops, GoPros, wallets, bikes, and hundreds of bottles.
Volunteers will meet at Riverbend Park. River clean-up activities will take place in the Deschutes River and along its riparian areas between Farewell Bend Park and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe.
Questions? Contact: kmiller@restorethedeschutes.org
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City of Bend, Oregon Government updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

The Bend Police Department trains officers how to reduce the use of force and the value of Crisis Intervention Training when dealing with offenders who have serious mental health issues. Take a look! ... See MoreSee Less