Bend, Oregon The Number 2 Small City For Small Business Owners


A unique and supportive business environment in Bend, OR

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges for businesses around the country; small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy and we wholeheartedly believe in supporting local! Fred Real Estate Group was founded in 2008 by two entrepreneurs and is a proud small local business based in Bend, Oregon. We can personally attest to the unique and supportive business environment within the Bend and Central Oregon community.

A recent study by AdvisorSmith examined 259 metropolitan areas (“cities”) in the U.S. to see which small, midsize and large cities had the highest rates of small business ownership per capita, and Bend, Oregon was ranked the number two small city for the most small business owners. View the full list of cities and read more about the AdvisorSmith study here.

Bend is a mecca for those with a thrill-seeking passion and an entrepreneurial spirit. Offering year-round recreational opportunities, scenery that’s unparalleled, access to over two dozen golf courses around Central Oregon, delicious local craft beverages, an ever-expanding selection of food cart options, a focus on smart growth, and a distinct sense of community, you’ll find happy and active people that love where they live, play, and work.

Bend is the lifestyle city, cultivating tomorrow’s economy. Local businesses range from startups to long-established companies. Together they’ve helped lead Central Oregon back from the depths of a historic recession to among the fastest growing economies in the country. (Source:


Innovation is brewing in Central Oregon

This video showcases Central Oregon’s many growing industries that make our region what it is. See what makes our community such a great place to work, live, and play. (Source: EDCO)


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How to support small businesses in Bend, Oregon

  • Buy a gift card from your favorite restaurant, spa, or shop to use at a later date
  • Start your day with local coffee or tasty treats to fuel up for your shopping trip
  • Order takeout or delivery for dinner after a long day of shopping at your favorite local places
  • Shop online or in-person for locally-made products
  • Encourage friends and family to shop, eat, and drink locally
  • Shop small and win big in Downtown Bend – 2020
  • Follow your favorite local businesses on social media and share their awesome products and services with your family, friends, and the world; don’t forget to leave a great review for the business, too!


We know and we love our community

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About Keeley Mannila

As the co-founder and owner of Fred Real Estate Group, Keeley is the driving force behind company culture, branding, and creative marketing strategy.