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Where does my $50 business license fee go?

Do you ever wonder how your $50 Business License fee is spent? Every dollar collected from businesses goes directly to the City’s Business Advocacy program. The purpose of the City of Bend’s Business Advocacy program is to support businesses in Bend. There are three ways we make this happen. First, we provide direct services to […]

February 24, 2015 Business Advocate

Redmond Airport Translates to Economic Development

Two years ago, this community went into overdrive. An LAX flight from the Redmond Airport had been cut in 2010 and Central Oregon wanted it back. The price tag? Just a cool $850,000. But with a grant to the Redmond Airport of $500,000, economic development leaders in the region knew we could get pretty close […]

February 10, 2015 Uncategorized

Top 10 BEDAB Successes

Five years ago, the City of Bend launched Bend Economic Development Advisory Board—a 13-member council committee made up of business owners and representatives from the city’s key economic development partners. The board promotes communication between the city and businesses, and directly advises city officials to make sure policies promote business growth. These are the highlights […]

Connecting Bend with Business | Carolyn Eagan is the city’s @BendbizAdvocate

Connecting people to opportunities has always been a mantra for Carolyn Eagan. Now, as the City of Bend’s Business Advocate, it’s the focal point for her career and a major boon to local businesses. Even as a young person studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Eagan noticed disconnects and missed opportunities all around her. Philadelphia’s […]

Factory Built | Manufacturing still drives Bend’s economy

From bullets to beer to bikes, Bend is a manufacturing town. With more than 175 manufacturing companies in the region making an extremely wide variety of products, it’s not an understatement to say the industry is the backbone of Central Oregon. “We were built on manufacturing. We have the bones of a manufacturing town. We […]

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | Bend is teeming with life

In 2012, when Entrepreneur magazine wrote a story hailing Bend as the most entrepreneurial town in America, it wasn’t really a surprise to the locals.  Those of us living in the thick of this start-up happy community are typically just one degree of separation from at least a few founded-in-my-living-room stories of success. The reason […]

November 25, 2014 Entrepreneur

Scientific Advancement | Biotech companies achieve critical mass in Bend

The story goes that Bend Research’s longtime CEO Rod Ray got his start with the company as a ditch digger and fence-builder back in 1983. He ultimately earned a Ph.D and engineering degrees, and led his biotech business into one of the largest and most successful in Central Oregon. His story and the Bend biotech industry’s […]

Silicon Valley North | Tech and software industry leaders pin Bend on the map

The story is virtually the same across the board: Bright software developer or tech entrepreneur with successful career grows tired of Bay Area/Seattle, seeks move to town with fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities, killer beer scene and a rapidly growing cluster of tech and software companies. The match: Bend, Oregon. For about a decade now, Bend […]

Taking Flight | Aviation and aerospace industry makes Bend a launching pad

Consider the following combination: Tens of thousands of acres of public lands with wide open air space, a climate boasting more than 300 days of sunshine, high and mid-level altitudes, a vibrant community college aviation program, a labor pool of highly trained aviation and aerospace workers, and a landlord hell bent on the economic success […]

No More Secrets | The news about Bend’s prime location for outdoor companies is out

When Van Schoessler moved to Bend from Seattle three years ago, the outdoor industry executive expected to find a crowded scene of outdoor companies using this outdoor recreation paradise as a meeting ground for collaboration, a place to test gear, and a fabulous recruitment tool for top-notch employees. What Schoessler, who has more than 25 […]

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