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Bend businesses range from startups to long-established companies. Together they’ve helped lead Central Oregon from the depths of an historic recession to among the fastest growing economies in the country in 2016. The region's vibrant economy is service by city staff and local organizations committed to economic development.


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Depending upon your plans in Bend there may be other requirements. The City’s Planning Department has developed a brief guide providing answers to common questions and identifying city processes relevant to the business community. You can download the guide here.  

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If you have any questions about doing business in Bend, contact Ben Hemson, Business Advocate at (541) 388-5529 or


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Partial Closures of South Mirror Pond Lot Scheduled for Feb. 21 & 22

by Ben Hemson02/20/2018 8:00 AM
Updated: 02/21/2018

Attention downtown parkers! The South Mirror Pond Parking Lot will be partially closed on Wednesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 22nd from 7 am until 1 pm each day for utility surveying work related to future lot construction. The lot entrance is located off Franklin St. just south of Wall Street in downtown bend.

During survey work the impacted area will be coned off and clearly marked.

This effort marks another step in the process toward reconstruction of the South Mirror Pond Lot, tentatively slated for Spring of 2019. At their meeting on January 3rd City Council authorized a contract in the amount of $134,280.60 for South Mirror Pond Lot planning and design, you can read the Issue Summary on that decision here.

Stay tuned for future updates as the planning process moves forward. 

  1. Updated: 02/21/2018


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.

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