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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.


The City of Bend requires that all businesses located in the City or doing business within City limits hold a valid Business Registration. This $50 fee is renewed annually; businesses can apply or renew online at

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.  

When it comes to city policy, the business community has a direct line to the City Council via the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB). The Council chartered 13-member board consists of nine representatives from Bend's major industry and 4 staff members from the city's primary economic development partners. Access the committee roster and meeting materials here.   

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


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Galveston Improvements Open House Scheduled for Thursday, March 1

by Ben Hemson02/26/2018 10:00 AM
Updated: 02/28/2018

The City of Bend is designing improvements for Galveston Avenue between NW 14th Street and the Tumalo Bridge. Here’s your chance to hear more about the project status and nature of the improvements at a City hosted Open House, on Thursday, March 1st from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Westside Village Magnet School.

The planned improvements will improve safety for all travelers, update failing and aging pavement, establish multimodal connectivity and address ADA deficiencies. Project elements include buffered bike lanes, on street parking, sidewalks and landscaping, upgraded lighting and storm water facilities.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Where: Westside Village Magnet School, 1101 NW 12th St.

 Map of Galveston Project Area (Newport to Riverside Bridge)

 For more information visit the project website at

  1. Updated: 02/28/2018


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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