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 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 kids are having so much fun! Such great outreach from Bend Police.

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Officer Stoakes, our school resource office, doing some yoga with our kindergartens.

As part of the City’s Clean Water Works water quality program, the City is inviting all 5th through 12th grade students to submit short entries in a video contest. The Utility Department is looking for 30-second spots themed “Clean Water Works.” The videos should provoke people to consider the effects of pollutants and how to reduce them in our storm drains and waters.
Cash prizes await! And, for the budding videographer, this is a unique opportunity: the grand prize winner will have the opportunity to work with Zolo Media in their studios to help turn their winning entry into a professional public service announcement. This film will get recognized at the BendFilm festival.
This public-private-non-profit partnership is a terrific opportunity for students interested in film or television.
Contest details and a downloadable kid’s activity guide are available by clicking on the kid’s page of the City’s Clean Water Works www.bendoregon.gov/cleanwaterworks. Entries are due by April 29th.
Here's how it went last year:
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During the week of February 27, crews will resume sidewalk improvement work on South Third Street between Wilson Avenue and Powers Road. Once complete, the project will provide a continuous pedestrian corridor along this section of South Third Street.
It will:
• Bring curb ramps, sidewalks and bus stops into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Enhance safety and walkability
• Improve bike lanes
• Replace substandard infrastructure
In the areas where crews are working, construction activity will be limited to one side of the road at a time, with a single lane closure during construction hours only - 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please use caution when traveling through the area.
Go to www.bendoregon.gov/thirdstreetsidewalks for more project information.
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A lot of you have questions about your tax bills and want to know how the money from property tax revenues and City fees is spent. Here is a breakdown of what your tax dollars support. ... See MoreSee Less

When you hear sirens or see lights, pull over to the right and stop. If you're in a roundabout, take the first exit. Thank you to our first responders for this public safety message. ... See MoreSee Less