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

Kids have the Summer Doldrums? Have them participate in the Utility Department's Clean Water Works TV Commercial film contest for the chance to win $150 and an opportunity to sharpen their filmmaking skills.
Entries due August 15th., go to the Kid’s page for details.
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This week, Councilor Barb Campbell and a number of City staff people participated in a "Disability for a Day" event coordinated by Central Oregon Coalition for Access. The event, meant to honor the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was an eye-opening and thoughtful experience for those of us able-bodied participants.
Imagine what it's like to push a wheel chair on an angled and bumpy sidewalk next to traffic, or cross Greenwood Avenue without vision.
The City has an Accessibility Manager who advocates for the needs of our disabled citizens and works to improve accessibility for all Bend residents.
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Wow! Check out artist David Kinker's storm drain painting. David kicked off the project on Harmon Blvd. Local artists are helping illustrate how we need to keep pollution out of storm drains. They are connected to our waterways. Only rain in the storm drain, because it's all connected. Two other artist will start work this weekend. You can find more info on the project here:
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Update! For our fifth and last random drawing giveaway, Scott Hammers is the winner. Please contact and collect your prize. Congratulations! And thanks to everyone else who has participated!

Smart Irrigation Controller Giveaway
This is the last week Bend water customers can try to win a WiFi enabled Rachio Iro smart irrigation controller from the City.
The City’s WaterWise Program has been cranking up the conservation this July for Smart Irrigation Month, offering one smart irrigation controller giveaway each week.
Comment here and your name will be entered into a random drawing, which will take place Friday.
This isn’t your father’s irrigation controller. It's completely programmable from the palm of your hand.
More info at
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Care for your natural environment? Don't let hazardous materials - motor oils, fertilizers from landscaping - go down these storm drains. They're connected to our waterways, including the Deschutes River. Do you know where this freshly painted storm drain is located? ... See MoreSee Less