Start Your Business in Bend

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Bend has developed a reputation as one of the best places to live and work in the United States. Home to Oregon’s largest Pubtalk and Venture Conference, the country’s first outdoor industry business incubator, and a diverse mix of startups and established companies, why wouldn’t you want to be here?

If you’re looking to either start here or move here, read on for the information you’ll need to get the ball rolling. Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact Ben Hemson, Business Advocate at or 541-388-5529.

Business Registration:

The City of Bend requires that all businesses located in, or doing business in, the city hold an active Business Registration. A $50 annual fee aimed at fostering the health and expansion of Bend businesses. Click here for more information on the Business Registration program and to register your business.

Business Registration revenue supports a number of business focused services and local economic development efforts, including:

  • The Bend Business Advocate: You first point of contact for questions or concerns about doing business in the City of Bend. Contact Business Advocate, Ben Hemson, at or 541-388-5529, or click here for more information and the latest news.
  • Economic Development for Central Oregon’s Bend Manager: A dedicated position aimed at helping traded sector companies move, start, or grow here in Bend.
  • Local Key Industry Cluster Development: Business registration funds in 2015 and 2016 provided funding for a staff person dedicated to aiding in the growth of targeted industry sectors, including outdoor recreation, tech, and bioscience.
  • Expansion of Regional Air Service: In 2016 the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board allocated $15,000 in Business Registration funds to help secure new air service between Redmond and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on American Airlines. This allocation was leveraged against $85,000 in additional Central Oregon matching funds and $500,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Licenses, Permits, and Resources:

Depending on your business, you may need additional permits, licenses, or inspections before opening your doors. Here are some helpful resources as you get started:

  1. Zoning - Different zones allow different types of business and you don’t want to sign a lease in a zone that doesn’t allow you to operate. Contact a Planning Department Professional at (541) 388-5580 or visit Community Development.
  1. Signage - A Planning Department Professional will be happy to assist you in determining your signage needs. You may also reference the Sign Code.
  2. Utilities - Contact the City of Bend Utilities Department for information about their services and rate at (541) 388-5515 or visit Utilities
  3. City Codes - View the Bend Code for further information.
  4. Food Establishments:
  • Grease traps – A CDD Professional will be happy to assist you with your grease trap needs. Call 541-388-5580 for more information.
  • Outdoor seating – Street vendor and outdoor café permit information can be obtained here.
  • Deschutes County Health Department – Contact the County to obtain a list of their requirements and fees. Approval is required in order for the City of Bend Community Development Department to issue a permit. Call (541) 322-7400 or visit their website.
  • Liquor licensing - Contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) if you wish to provide alcohol in your restaurant. Call (541) 388-6292 or here for more information.

         6.  ADA Accessibility - Tax Deductions & Credits

    Local Business Support Organizations:

    Bend is home to a variety of organizations aimed at helping businesses grow and thrive, including:

  • Bend Chamber of Commerce: The local chamber of commerce provides a voice for the business community in policy discussions and hosts numerous events.
  • Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO): A public and privately funded membership organization, EDCO has been helping traded sector companies move, start, or grow in Central Oregon since 1981.


  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Providing low cost classes, dedicated mentoring, and technical assistance for those looking to start or grow their business. Click here for a list of SBDC success stories.
  • Visit Bend: Visit Bend is an economic development organization whose primary function is to create an effective mix of marketing, sales, and service programs, which are designed to produce a positive economic impact of visitor and convention spending in Bend.
  • Opportunity Knocks: Opportunity Knocks supports collaborative growth in Central Oregon. OK members are entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs, startup founders and key employees in their organizations. Members are matched with a trusted, local, facilitated team of peers who act as an informal Board of Advisors, sounding board and peer mentoring group. OK is not a networking group – conversations do not stay on the surface. Meetings are a confidential and safe place to share your challenges, goals and successes.
  • Central Oregon SCORE: The Central Oregon SCORE chapter, with twelve counselors on staff, provides small business entrepreneurs free and confidential business counseling services throughout the Central Oregon area. Our volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need.  We also provide resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.

Still Have Questions?

The Business Advocate is here to help you get the information you need to get your business in Bend started on the right foot. Contact Ben Hemson at or 541-388-5529.