Business Advocacy

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The Business Advocacy Program is designed to provide local business owners, and potential business owners, with a dedicated staff member within City Hall. Current Business Advocate, Ben Hemson, serves as your first point of contact for city related questions, keeps stakeholders in the loop on important developments, and engages members of the business community around relevant city policy or process issues.

Reach out directly with questions, concerns, or feedback:, (541)388-5529 or @BendBizAdvocate.


Put City Data to Work for You With the
Bend Oregon Online Mapper

Dear Bend Business Owner,

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the City of Bend produces a lot of data. The administration of building code, land use planning, citywide infrastructure, business registrations and more creates a mountain of information that’s available to the public at no cost. Here’s how you can tap into that data via BOOM, the Bend Oregon Online Mapper.

The City of Bend has offered an online mapping service in the past but the public release of BOOM last month ushered in a more intuitive and up-to-date version. Some highlights that you may be able to put to work for your business include:
  • Business Registrations: Wondering about businesses located in a specific geographic area, by name, or by NAICs code? Business registration data is mapped citywide (a tip: businesses with no permanent Bend address are all mapped at a single point in the Deschutes River next to downtown).
  • Building & Planning Info: Whether you’re looking for the permitting background on a particular building or wondering about active land use applications in your part of town both historic and current data is mapped, with a blue triangle denoting an active application.
  • Satellite Imagery: Expect to see updated satellite images from September, 2016 implemented before the beginning of summer.
  • Printable Maps: All of the maps you create can be marked up and printed or saved on your computer for sharing.
For a quick tutorial on BOOM’s features click here or click on the image below to access the City's mapping services site.

BOOM is reliant on your input, if you run into problems or have ideas on how to make the service more robust please reach out to the City of Bend’s mapping staff directly at:

Do you have other questions or feedback? As always don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact information at the end of this message or by hitting reply to this email.

Thank you for doing business in Bend!


Ben Hemson

Business Advocate

City of Bend

(541) 388-5529