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

10:20 am update. Gas leak fixed. Roads reopening except Shevlin Hixon.

Crews broke a six inch natural gas line this morning at the Colorado Ave dam project. Winds are spreading gas smell. No evacuations necessary. Bend Fire and Police are working with Cascade Natural Gas to shut off leak but it will take a couple of hours. Avoid area due to road closures and congestion. Fire officials advise keeping windows closed if you smell gas.
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The Bend City Council has been discussing how to fund Bend's backlog of streets maintenance needs. To learn more, visit -
Then, click on the link within the page to get a virtual tour of a variety of road conditions!
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The Bend Fire Department has rolled out its innovative new program intended to streamline and improve emergency responses. The new crew started this week. This is all thanks to voters approving a levy last spring.

The City hired 14 Emergency Medical Technicians, who will staff a Basic Life Support ambulance, to respond to medical calls for service that are less intense emergencies. This leaves Paramedic ambulances available for more life-threatening emergencies and fire crews ready for other calls.

The BLS ambulance will be accompanied by a Paramedic/Firefighter in a separate vehicle, who can provide Advanced Life Support in case the situation requires a higher level of care.

On their first day Monday, the new BLS crew transported seven patients, which freed up the Advanced Life Support staff for other calls, and consequently, ALS response times were shorter.
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