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Bend's Small Business Survival 🎧 [with podcast]

Featuring Ben Hemson, City of Bend Business Advocate


Check out the latest episode of the Source's Weekly's "Bend Don't Break" podcast hosted by our publisher Aaron Switzer. This week our guest is Ben Hemson, the City of Bend's business advocate. Listen now or download wherever you get your podcasts. We've also started creating videos of our interviews which you can watch below or see on YouTube every Monday.

About Ben Hemson:

Hemson hasn't gotten much sleep since the pandemic began. He's been doing everything from helping local businesses with their loans from the federal government to managing a new program to allow businesses to move out into the streets to sell goods and serve meals. He said local businesses are still split 50/50 on whether they are feeling hopeful or doomed in the new economic environment. Still, summer tourists should bring some cash into the local economy, hopefully without bringing COVID-19 along with them. We also learned about Bend's remote working trend and how the pandemic may attract even more urban escapists in the months to come.

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Laurel has toured the national coffeehouse circuit as a singer-songwriter and spent years buried in psychology books to earn her (in-progress) PhD. She was rescued from both artistic and academic obscurity by The Source Weekly where she loves telling stories about the people who make this community a better place...

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