Click on a question below or scroll down to find answers to our frequently asked questions.
Where can I find information about events going on around town?
Check out the community calendars below.
Where’s that place with the famous BLTs?
Merritt’s Store & Grill at 1009 S. Columbia St. in Chapel Hill.
When is the bluebonnet festival?
That’s in Chappell Hill, Texas. Visit their Chamber’s website - www.chappellhilltx.com - for more information.
Do you have a bus schedule?
We do not stock paper bus schedules in our office, but you can find Chapel Hill Transit routes and schedules online and at the Chapel Hill Public Library, located on Library Drive off of Estes Drive in Chapel Hill.
How do I start a business in Chapel Hill-Carrboro?
Find out more at our Start Your Business section.
When and where is Business After Hours?
Business After Hours is held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month (unless that conflicts with a holiday) at a Chamber-member business - the location changes each month. Visit our online event calendar or call our office at (919) 967-7075 to find this month’s location.
Do you have Town Planner calendars?
No, the publisher no longer produces the Chapel Hill calendar. Check out the community calendars below for info about what's going on around town.
Can you certify my certificate of origin?
Yes, we certify documents for international trade. Visit our Exporting page for more information.
Where is the DMV?
The DMV Driver License Office is located in Carrboro at 104-GG Carrboro Plaza (off of NC-54 Bypass/NC 54-Business in the Carrboro Plaza shopping center). The Vehicle and License Plate Office in Orange County is located at 1704-B E. Franklin St. adjacent to Staples in the Gateway Commons Plaza shopping center in Chapel Hill; in Durham County at 1058 W. Club Blvd. and 5410 NC Highway 55; and in Chatham County at 311 N. Second Ave. in Siler City. Visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv for more information.
Are you funded by the Town of Chapel Hill or Orange County?
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce receives no government funding and is an independent 501(c)(6) nonprofit entity. However, some government entities, such as Orange County Economic Development and Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department, see value in Chamber membership and joined as members.
Are you using Google to find the answer to my question?
Yes! And you can too! Check out “Let Me Google That for You” at www.lmgtfy.com for lessons.
How to I find an intern?
Check out our Chamber Guide to Sourcing Interns
How do I promote a job opening?
For Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber members:
Check out our Chamber Guide to Promoting Job Openings
Email your job description to Kristen Smith, vice president for advocacy and engagement, email@example.com. Our staff will post the opening in your online directory listing, and at least once on Twitter and Facebook.
Consider posting your job at our Chamber's LinkedIn group.
Connect with UNC students by posting your job opening at Careerolina, University Career Services' online database that students use to find employment.
For temporary help, check out Chamber member Sweeps.
Use a Chamber member staffing firm.
Book a table at the April 30, 2014 Orange County Job Fair.
How do I join the Chamber?
How do I promote my member news or an event?
Check out our Chamber Guide to Promoting Events.
Where is the library?
The Chapel Hill Public Library is located at 100 Library Drive, off Estes Drive, in Chapel Hill. Visit www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org for more information.
How do I get a marriage license?
The Orange County Register of Deeds office is the official grantor of marriage licenses in our county. To obtain a marriage license, complete the steps below and visit www.co.orange.nc.us/deeds/marriage/asp for more information.
Go to the Register of Deeds Office at 228 S. Churton St. in downtown Hillsborough from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Bring a valid ID (driver license, state issued ID card, passport or military ID)
Bring a Social Security card, W-2 form or payroll stub with your complete Social Security number
Bring $60 cash or money order
Both applicants should be present at the time of making application
Where does Aaron Nelson buy his socks?
Can you notarize something for me?
We have a notary public on staff, and his name is Justin Simmons. Call Justin at (919) 967-7075 to confirm his availability. If Justin is not available, consider contacting your bank or visiting a local UPS Store - there’s one at 1289 Fordham Blvd. and another at 510 Meadowmont Village Circle in Chapel Hill.
When is the Chapel Hill holiday parade?
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade takes place from 10 a.m.-noon on a Saturday in December and is presented by the Jaycees and the Town of Chapel Hill. Visit www.chapelhilljaycees.org for more information.
Where can I park downtown?
Check out Park on the Hill.
Where can I get a phone book?
We carry AT&T's YP and the Superpages yellow pages in our office. Contact us at (919) 967-7075 to confirm availability and stop by our office at 104 S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill to pick up copies.
Where is the post office?
The U.S. Post Office closest to our office is located across Estes Drive at 125 S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill. There are also post offices in downtown Chapel Hill at 179 E. Franklin St.; in Timberlyne at 1129 Weaver Dairy Road; and in Carrboro at 1500 W. Main St. Visit www.usps.com for additional locations.
When is the Rathskeller reopening?
We’re not sure, but while you’re waiting, use the Food Finder to learn more about all the delicious Chapel Hill-Carrboro dining options. Or check out Chamber member restaurants in our online business directory.
Read coverage about "The Rat" in The Daily Tar Heel: Company begins renovations on venue once occupied by Ramshead Rathskeller
Are REALTORS Chamber members?
Yes, REALTOR members of the Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS are enrolled in our Chamber and receive member benefits including:
Access to the Chamber’s money-saving partnerships
Free admission to networking events and roundtables
Chamber member pricing for issues briefings, development events and briefings with elected officials
Find out more about our REALTOR Referral Partner program.
How do I register my car?
When moving to North Carolina, you must obtain a North Carolina driver license before you can register a vehicle. Upon moving to North Carolina from another state, you must register your vehicle at the expiration of the time granted by the reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and your prior state of residence (usually 30 days) or when gainful employment is accepted, whichever occurs first. Learn more atwww.ncdot.gov/dmv/moving.
How do I register for a Chamber event?
Visit our online event calendar or call our office at (919) 967-7075.
Can I renew my membership online?
Yes, you can! Visit our online member portal. And call us at (919) 967-7075 if you don’t know your username and password.
How do I register my child for public school?
Registration for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district takes place at Lincoln Center at 750 S. Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill. Only parents or legal guardians with required documentation can register students, and students do not need to accompany their parents/guardians to be enrolled. Visit www.chccs.k12.nc.usfor more information and to download registration forms, or complete forms at Lincoln Center.
How much are taxes in Orange County?
Find property tax rates for Orange County with the Orange County Department of Revenue. It is part of the Chamber's public policy agenda to decrease the property tax burden on Orange County property owners.
Whom do I call for trash pick-up?
For information regarding trash collection in Chapel Hill, contact the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public Works Department at (919) 969-5100, or visit the Public Works Trash Collection site. If you’re in Carrboro, contact Carrboro Public Works at (919) 918-7425, or visit the Public Works site. For other inquiries, contact Orange County Solid Waste Management at (919) 968-2788.
Is the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
No, we are not. We are an independent organization governed exclusively by our local board of directorsand not a construct of a national or state organization. We simply share a last name with the U.S. and North Carolina chambers of commerce. Our Chamber is not a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and no portion of our members’ membership dues goes to the U.S. Chamber. We are members of the NC Chamber of Commerce.
Where is the Visitors Bureau?
The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is located at 501 W. Franklin St. in downtown Chapel Hill. Contact the Visitors Bureau at (888) 968-2060 and visit www.visitchapelhill.org for more information.
How do I register to vote?
You may register at the Orange County Board of Elections at 208 S. Cameron St. in downtown Hillsborough or at any NC Driver License Office. You may also register by mail using voter registration forms, which are available online, at the public library inside University mall at 201 S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, at Chapel Hill Town Hall at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and at Carrboro Town Hall at 301 W. Main St.
To register, you must have been a resident of the state and county for 30 days prior to the election.
North Carolina does offer early voting and same day registration, but same day voting is only available during the early voting period.
Visit www.co.orange.nc.us/elect for more information.
Where do I vote?
Find your precinct at www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/precincts.asp.
Do you charge admission for the Chamber zoo?
No, it’s free! Stop by and start your tour with a close encounter with Piney the Nuisance Cardinal - don't worry, the glass window will shield you. Then sneak a peek at Guten Hag, our neighborhood groundhog, and Dumpsta Squirrel. And if you’re really lucky, you may spot kittens, and turtles, and hawks, oh my!
The North Carolina Zoo is located in Asheboro, about an hour and a half from our office. Learn more at www.nczoo.org.