Collaboration. Advocacy. Resources. Leadership.

Advocacy in Action

Working with local governments and agencies can be a challenge for business owners who are “busy working his or her business.” Our Advocacy Council of 18 diverse leaders serves as representation of the membership. Learn more.

Leadership Programs

Leadership Bend is a community leadership development program designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles in our community.

Why join?

Becoming a member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce isn’t just about a decal on the door or a certificate on the wall. It shows your support for and investment in a
vibrant business community.

About the Bend Chamber

Mission

Creating an environment where businesses, their employees and our community excel together through collaboration, advocacy, resources and leadership to meet Bend’s business challenges.
Vision

Catalyze an environment where businesses, their employees and our community thrive.

Membership in the Bend Chamber of Commerce

The Bend Chamber has been here for the business community for over 95 years. Encouraging business development, support, retention, and recruitment to community development, information dissemination, and issues management, the Bend Chamber takes the lead –
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

For businesses seeking education, outreach, advocacy, networking, and more, and who want their membership dollars to work hard for them in the hands of local stewards, there is and always has been one clear leader, the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Where Bend does business.

Leadership Bend Experience

Leadership Bend is a community leadership development program designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles in our community. There now are over 500 Leadership Bend alumni who now serve as our community “trustees” through board service, elected office, and more. Leadership Bend is supported by Taylor Northwest and like-minded businesses who believe that a healthy community comes from investment in leadership.

The Impact

It is our belief that everything begins with leadership. As a growing and very special region in Oregon, the issues become increasingly more complex and the need for leadership is greater than ever. After all, who will “pass the torch” and continue to build upon what was planted by our pillars before us? Leadership Bend educates committed participants on the unique challenges, opportunities and resources in our community, allowing one to become part of the future as a more informed and engaged citizen.

News & Views

Congratulations Leadership Bend Class of 2021!

The Bend Chamber believes building leaders is necessary to community succession planning. For the nine months of the program, participants worked with local leaders to expand awareness and understanding of the Central Oregon region.

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Bend Chamber Advocates for Return-to-Work Bonuses

Virtually every industry in the state is experiencing a workforce challenge. Quality jobs are going unfilled: if this continues, it could hinder economic recovery for Oregon. We know that qualified workers are not yet returning to their jobs for several reasons.

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SBA Launches $100M Community Navigator Pilot Program

This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.

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Oregon Employment Department Announces Return to Work Timeline

Certain requirements for receiving regular UI benefits were paused or modified during the pandemic, like being able to work, actively looking for work, and being available for work, and registering for work in their iMatchSkills® system. These requirements will soon start back up again.

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The Bend Chamber is actively supported by these Signature Investors