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.

Were you driving and talking on your cell phone Monday? You may have met a Bend police officer. The Bend Police Department took three hours on Monday to focus on enforcing distracted driving, specifically the use of cellphones while driving. The department assigned eight staff members at two locations to observe drivers operating motor vehicles to determine if they were using their cellphones.

During this event, officers stopped 63 total vehicles in a three hour period. 46 citations were issued for “unlawful use of a mobile communication device,” or talking on a cell phone while driving.

The Police Department is committed to the safety of motorists using the roadways in our community. Distracted driving is a national problem that has caused several deaths and severe injuries. We are committed to educating drivers to make them aware of the dangers involved in driving while distracted.
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The City of Bend Police Department has experienced a noticeable increase in stolen bicycles throughout the past year. With the increase in thefts, the Bend Police Department has been focusing on recovering stolen bicycles and being proactive in preventing future thefts. Three specific stolen cases have ended with the recovery of stolen bicycles with the arrest of two people.

On May 21st, 2015 a Bend resident reported their bicycle was stolen from the Downtown Bend area at 10:08am. The resident reported the bicycle as stolen using the City of Bend Police Online Reporting System. On August 27th, 2015 a Bend Police Officer on patrol contacted Melissa Johnson near Walgreens at NE 27th and Highway 20. The officer found Johnson had a valid warrant for her arrest. During the contact, the officer was able to determine the bicycle Johnson was in possession of was stolen. Johnson was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where she was lodged for Theft III and the arrest warrant.

On August 18th, 2015 a Bend resident reported that their bicycle was stolen on the same date, between 3:15pm and 4:40pm. The bicycle was locked up in front of the Deschutes County Library on NW Wall Street. One day later, a Bend Police Officer responded to a call of an unknown person scraping the serial number off a bicycle near Miller’s Landing. The officer contacted Benjamin Lamphere and found he was in possession of the bicycle stolen from in front of the Deschutes County Library. Lamphere was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail and charged with Theft I and Criminal Mischief (damaging the bicycle).

On August 21st, 2015 a Bend resident reported his bicycle was stolen from the front of the Westside Tavern on NW Galveston. The theft actually occurred on August 18th, 2015 at 7:00am. The officer was able to obtain security video surveillance and based on the contact with Lamphere on August 19th, 2015, Lamphere was identified as the suspect in this theft. Bend Police went back to Miller’s Landing and found Lamphere was at this location. During this contact, Lamphere was in possession of a different (at the time unreported) stolen bicycle. Lamphere was charged with the additional bicycle thefts. The bicycle stolen from in front of the Westside Tavern has not been recovered at this time. Lamphere was again lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Theft II and Theft by Receiving related to the above bicycle thefts.

The Bend Police Department is currently actively investigating other specific bicycle thefts. There has been no connection found between the bicycle Johnson was in possession of and the multiple thefts of bicycles by Lamphere.

The Bend Police Department is finding suspects stealing bicycles have started to place their own locks on a bicycle prior to stealing it. If you leave your bicycle unattended and return to find a lock other than yours on it, please contact the non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.

It is also recommended citizens register their bicycles with the Bend Police Department in case your bicycle is stolen. Bicycles can be registered at the Bend Police Department, quickly and free from charge. When you register your bicycle, we will have all the important information needed to identify your bicycle if it is stolen. The Bend Police Department encourages bicycles owners to take photographs of the bicycle and serial number for documentation purposes.

The Bend Police Department is taking the increase of these thefts very seriously as we are actively trying to curb the problem with bicycles being stolen.
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The new roundabout on Brookswood Blvd. is scheduled to open this Friday, Sept. 4. Check out this project update video from ODOT... ... See MoreSee Less