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

Join the City of Bend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017, during the Bank of the Cascades Bend Summer Festival to see City equipment, experience interactive displays and learn more about your City.

Geared towards families and fun, the City’s displays will include Police K9 dogs, fire engines, snow plows and more.

This year, the City will host a bike rodeo for kids. Activities at the bike rodeo include: bike inspections for basic safety, bike registration in case it is ever lost or stolen, helmet adjustments for proper fit, and learning basic skills and rules of road. Attendees are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take advantage of the free, staffed bike parking at the bike rodeo.
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City Quest at the Fest

July 8, 2017, 11:00am - July 8, 2017, 7:00pm

Bend Summer Festival

Join the City of Bend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017, during the Bank of the Cascades Bend Summer Festival to see City equipment, experience interactive displays and learn more about...

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Don't forget to get your prescription medication filled ahead of #eclipse2017. Talk with your pharmacist for more information.

With Independence Day approaching we wish the community a happy and SAFE July 4th! Help the Bend Fire & Police Departments by not using illegal fireworks like those pictured and being prepared if using legal ones. Leave the fireworks to the professionals and enjoy the show on Pilot Butte at dark July 4th! Visit our fireworks safety webpage for more info.
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The Transportation System Plan is a vital component of the City’s plan for growth and how we will deal with East - West connectivity as our Urban Growth Boundary expands. ... See MoreSee Less