Employee Retention Tools:
City of Bend
Depending on your business, you may need additional permits, licenses, or inspections before opening your doors. The City of Bend website has links to some helpful resources to get you started.
Small Business Development Center – Central Oregon Community College
“Are you a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur? Get some practical assistance from COCC’s Small Business Development Center. Take a workshop or request no-cost, confidential business advising. Our mission is to have a positive impact on your Central Oregon business.”
SCORE of Central Oregon, Chapter 701
Deschutes Public Library
Economic Development for Central Oregon
The EDCO site provides the cost of business comparisons, valuable statistics and information about the Central Oregon economy, incentive programs, employment resources, workforce information, and much more. EDCO is geared towards larger businesses or those in targeted industries who are planning on starting or moving their business to Central Oregon. For more information visit EDCO’s 2018 Bend Profile.
Employment and Staffing
Find Bend Chamber members to help with your employment needs, including our local office for WorkSource – Oregon Employment Department
State of Oregon Employment Department
Get statistical data for our local area including economic data, business and industry profiles, information on training and education, employment and wages by industry, performance measures and more. For additional information, please contact Damon Runberg, Regional Economist for Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath and Lake counties. Or contact Kale Donnelly, Workforce Analyst for Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
Opportunity Knocks (OK) supports collaborative growth in Central Oregon by matching industry and community leaders with a trusted, local, facilitated group of peers who act as peer mentors, or an informal board of advisors. Your OK team provides expertise and insight to help drive your success and enhance the region’s economic and community development.
Oregon Business Xpress Plan
One stop shop for businesses to write a business plan, determine scope of services, identify business structure, estimate your opening costs, and much more.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Find statistics and research on national, regional and industry-specific economic trends.
US Census Bureau
Find lots of useful information about demographics, as well as business, building, code, and employer data.
US Department of Labor
This site provides access to the vast resources and information available to employers and employees through the Department of Labor.
US Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration offers free online courses, business loans and grants, statistics, support and resources for starting and growing a new business. It includes a special section for women or minority owned businesses.
US Patent and Trademark Office
This site provides information on patenting, trademarking or copy-writing anything, and allows users to search patents to ensure that your idea is unique.
Explore Business Tools and Resources, including Starting and Growing Your Business, Financing, Regulations, Taxes and Credits, Government Contracting, and more. Click here for more specifics on Business in Oregon.
This is the United States main government website with links to other government agencies and elected officials, funding options for your business, tax issues, and more.
Minority Business Development Agency
National Women’s Business Council
Information for women business owners on mentoring, conferences and education, research and publications, and news.