Every day, the Chamber is advocating for your business interests, but we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to get involved. Here are the top five ways to get involved in advocacy at the Chamber.
Lights, Camera, Advocacy! - Monthly
A monthly forum where members can come learn about economic development, land use and public policy issues important to the business community. Featuring elected officials and other top decision makers as speakers, this 1.5 hour program is open to any employee of a Chamber member and is hosted and presented by Silverspot Cinema, located at University Place. Contact Kristen Smith, Vice President for Government and Community Relations at (919) 357-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteer to Speak at Town Council (or Board of Alderman or County Commissioners)
If you can't make our monthly Economic Development and Public Policy Committee meetings but still want to speak up on behalf of our local business community to the Chapel Hill Town Council, Carrboro Board of Aldermen, or Orange County Commissioners, we'll get you in the loop! Kristen Smith, vice president for advocacy and engagement, will let you know when opportunities arise. Contact Kristen at email@example.com or (919) 357-9988 and tell her you'd like to volunteer to speak at Town Council.
Contact your Locally-Elected Official
The Chamber is advocating on your behalf, but it’s great when elected officials can hear directly from the Chamber’s member (See our Advocacy Resources page for some tips). Check out our Local Government page or let us know if you’d like help finding out how to contact a mayor, an alderman, a council person, a county commissioner, a General Assembly member, or a member of Congress!
- Email Chapel Hill Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email Carrboro Board of Aldermen at email@example.com
- Email Orange County Board of Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Local Media
Care about a local issue? Think something should be changed to make our community more business friendly? Write a letter to the editor or record a commentary.
Serve on a Town or County Board
The Chamber wants to increase business representation on municipal and county boards. Check out these links for open positions:
The Chamber does participate in local elections, by hosting forums and interviewing candidates, but the most effective way to have your voice heard is to exercise your right to vote.