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.

Busy day for Bend Firefighters today! Here is a fire in a west Bend neighborhood that firefighters kept from spreading to other homes on the hilly terrain. Brush and grasses are dry and extremely flammable these days. Keep defensible spaces around your home. ... See MoreSee Less

The Urban Growth Boundary plan will shape how our community will look for future generations.

Yesterday the Bend City Council and Deschutes County Commission held the final public hearing on the proposed plan. It calls for some infill and redevelopment in strategically targeted locations. It also calls for about expanding the City’s boundary by 2,300 acres. All said, this is an economically efficient approach to infrastructure planning, as required by state law. When finalized, it will result in changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Code, blueprints for development.

Written comments are still being accepted by Damian Syrnyk at dsyrnyk@bendoregon.gov until 5 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2016. The next big step is a Bend City Council work session on September 7.

Information about the UGB plan: www.bendoregon.gov/bendugb

Bulletin article on the hearings: www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4610175-151/hundreds-show-up-to-give-feedback-on-proposed

To watch the video of the hearings www.deschutes.org/bcc/page/board-meeting-videos
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Bend Fire Department crews are thinking up innovative and cost-effective ways to train for the important jobs they have.

Here they are, as a part of training, cutting up an old trailer. Then they sell the scrap metal and use the funds to help pay for more training!

It's where public safety training intersects with sustainability!
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Third Street is one of the most dangerous streets for pedestrians in Bend. In coming months, the City will rebuild sidewalks, curbs and ADA compliant curb ramps along a 1.2-mile stretch of road between Wilson Avenue and Powers Road. Take a look! ... See MoreSee Less