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Creating an environment where businesses, their employees and our community excel together through collaboration, advocacy, resources and leadership to meet Bend’s business challenges.
Catalyze an environment where businesses, their employees and our community thrive.
When it comes to business in Bend, no organization has been looking out for the best interest of this community longer than the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Since 1926 the Bend Chamber has worked to support its mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.
From traditional Ribbon Cuttings to newer and more progressive programs such as Youth Career Connect, Bend YP, Leadership Bend and What’s Brewing, the Bend Chamber provides the tools and the resources Bend businesses and the community at large need to succeed.
Membership in the Bend Chamber of Commerce is much more than a plaque on the wall, the fulfillment of a sense of civic obligation, or the means to generate new business. Rather, membership represents a commitment to the continued prosperity of the Bend Economy.
It’s a means of facilitating meaningful and impactful change, of accessing and taking advantage of valuable educational opportunities, and interacting with like-minded individuals and businesses that share the same dedication to fostering a livable, sustainable, and prosperous Bend.
As one of the only Chambers of Commerce in the Western United States that is supported 100 percent by members, The Bend Chamber receives no government funding and as such remains an unbiased advocate for the best interests of the business community. This allows the Chamber to lobby hard on behalf of its members when it comes to civic matters and to take on controversial issues others cannot or do not for political and other reasons.
The Bend Chamber has been here for the business community for over 93 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.
“The Bend Chamber is dedicated to helping local companies grow their businesses so the economy will grow for all businesses.”
Representing over 1,600 businesses with more than 25,000 employees, the Bend Chamber serves to create and support a strong local economy. From serving as the voice of small business to government on local issues to networking opportunities, community support, the Bend Chamber is dedicated to creating and supporting a strong local economy.
With over 1,600 members, the Bend Chamber is one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in Oregon and one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest.
Bend Chamber’s roots run deep in Bend’s history. Although business alliances have existed in Bend as early as 1907, the Chamber’s membership began to rise in the 1920s and 1930s, as area visitors began discovering Bend’s unique recreational haven. Over the years, the number of Chamber members has grown steadily with Bend residents.
Some of the Chamber’s earliest members include Miller Lumber Co., Bend Garage (now Chevrolet Cadillac of Bend), and the law firm now known as Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis. All of those businesses still are thriving in Bend.
The Bend Chamber always has been progressive, with its first woman president, Irene Bostleman, serving in the 1960s. Irene ran Carlson Sign Co. after her husband, Ted Carlson died. Their son, Peter Carlson, is now president of Carlson Sign Co. and was the Chairman of the Board of the Chamber in 2005.