Here are resources to help you open a business in Bend, Oregon.
One of our greatest privileges as architects in Bend, Oregon, is helping new business owners transform their dreams and visions into real, tangible locations that reflect their values and goals. And, as small business owners ourselves, we understand how exciting and sometimes daunting a task starting and running a business can be. To help out, we’ve gathered the following list of Central Oregon resources to help new owners and entrepreneurs get a head start on opening and running businesses here in our hometown.
Bend, Oregon, Business Resources
City of Bend
This City of Bend guide offers resources on starting, expanding and relocating businesses to Bend, Oregon. It also includes links to permitting and licensing information.
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO’s mission is “To lead the region’s economic and business development through effective marketing, recruitment, retention/expansion, formation of public/private partnerships and fostering entrepreneurship.” This website is packed with demographics, as wells as business- and economic-related information, statistics and case studies. In addition to Bend, you’ll also find information about the Central Oregon cities and towns of LaPine, Sunriver, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.
Ascent Architecture & Interiors is a proud member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce. This active organization offers classes, networking and support for Bend-area businesses.
Cascade Business News
Cascade Business News is a robust biweekly publication that offers up-to-date stories and information about Bend and Central Oregon’s business community.
Central Oregon’s daily paper and website offers coverage of important business and community news and events.
Downtown Bend Association
The Downtown Bend Association is an active group centered in the heart of downtown Bend. If you’re looking specifically for downtown real estate and business information, here’s a place to start.
Central Oregon SCORE
SCORE offers free counseling and mentorship for small businesses at the Deschutes Public Library. Volunteers with business backgrounds help field questions from human resources to operations and finances.
COCC Small Business Development Center
Central Oregon Community College’s Small Business Development Center is an excellent source of mentorship and guidance from experienced executives.
Go here to learn about running a business in Deschutes County, Oregon. You’ll find land-use and property information and GIS data (zoning, utilities, etc.). Also learn about obtaining permits within the county.
Many people come to Bend, Oregon, to visit, and then decide to move here. Visit this page to request your free “Relocate My Business to Bend, Oregon” packet.
Finally, for those of you investigating opening or relocating a business to Bend or Central Oregon, our team at Ascent Architecture & Interiors is ready to help. Contact us to learn about branding your business through architecture and interior design, developing in Bend, tenant improvements, local construction costs, permitting and creating the perfect home where your business can thrive.
From our team to yours, we wish you and your business the best of luck!