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 City is looking for young men and women to join our ranks as a Bend Police Cadet. The cadet program is an introduction to law enforcement for people ages 14 to 20 who may be interested in pursuing a career in this rewarding profession. The program provides mentorship, classroom instruction and hands-on training.

Police Cadets learn about the criminal justice system and the professional ethics applied to law enforcement. They are exposed to:

Community Policing philosophy
Ethics and decision-making
Cultural awareness
Crime scene control
Firearms safety
Report writing

The Bend Police Department Cadet program has some requirements. Learn more at www.bendoregon.gov/jobs

Application deadline is October 3.
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Bend Fire & Rescue is offering free, hands-only CPR classes to the public every first Wednesday of the month. This is your opportunity to learn a valuable lifesaving technique. Take a look! ... See MoreSee Less

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Building a gravity sewer line sometimes requires digging really deep trenches. Here's a recent picture of the 30-foot deep gravity line along Allen Road, which is associated with the Colorado Lift Station rebuild happening in McKay Park. The whole project is expected to be complete by late November if weather permits.
The Colorado Lift Station (www.bendoregon.gov/colorado) is part of a larger solution to solving Bend's at-capacity sewer system.
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