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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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

Bend Fire & Rescue collected hundreds of coats, jackets, gloves and scarves during its month-long coat drive. This morning, they started delivering the donations to Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc (COVO) and Deschutes County WIC. Thank you to all those in the community who donated to help make someone's winter a little warmer! ... See MoreSee Less

As winter arrives, the Bend Police Department would like to remind everyone of some basic legal requirements for pets under Oregon law. All domestic animals in Oregon must receive minimum care under ORS 167.310 to 167.351:

• Food of sufficient quality and quantity to allow for normal growth or maintenance of body weight
• Access to potable water (suitable for drinking)
• Veterinary care when necessary to relieve distress from illness, injury or disease
• Access to an area kept reasonably free from excess waste or other contaminants that could affect the animal’s health

Oregon law (ORS 167.310) requires that all domestic animals have constant access to adequate shelter. Adequate shelter includes a barn, doghouse, or other enclosed structure that protects the animal from wind, rain, snow or sun, and has dry bedding to protect against cold and dampness.

If you have a pet, and are in need of resources to care for it properly, please contact us at 541-693-6911.

Oregon Humane Society guidelines provide advice on how to best take care of your furry friends during the cold late fall
and winter months.
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Fire trucks will travel through Bend neighborhoods December 5-8, with volunteers (and Santa himself!) helping to collect food, clothing and toys. All the toys go to kids who may otherwise go without.
Donations can also be dropped off at locations around town.
Santa Express driving routes and drop locations:
Annually, the Santa Express collects an average of 3,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army, which provides food during the holidays to hundreds of Bend and Central Oregon families. Anything helps - one can of food or a small toy. The Salvation Army reminds everyone that there’s a need for gifts for teenage kids as well.
The Santa Express is a collaboration of the Bend Firefighters Association and Bend Fire and Rescue to help The Salvation Army collect non-perishable food items, clothing and toys for needy families in Bend and Central Oregon.
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Did you know you can reduce your sewer bill next year by using less water indoors this winter?

Your average water consumption in the billing periods of December, January and February of each year is used as the basis for your sewer volume charge. This average is known as the “winter quarter average” and is meant to measure water use when people aren’t watering landscaping outside - when they’re only using water indoors that goes down the drain and into the sewer system. The sewer charge gets adjusted during the second quarter of each year based on the consumption information collected during the winter quarter.

For a free indoor water conservation kit and more information about how to reduce your indoor water use, visit
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The City is revising our emergency plan and working closely with County and State agencies to be prepared for natural disasters. Check it out. ... See MoreSee Less