Grow Your Business
Grow Your Business with the Chamber
This forum provides an opportunity for business owners and employees to network, learn from success stories and solve problems together from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Louise Beck Properties Conference Room at the Chamber office. The forum is free for members, and registration is required. Check our online event calendar for the next topic.
Find a Chamber Member Business Coach
We have Chamber members that specialize in one-on-one coaching and can work with you to help you grow your business. Check out our Coaching and Consulting category in our business directory.
Small Business Loan Funding
Your local commercial bank
We have a great group of member commercial banks willing to talk to you about your options. Check out our Commercial Lenders category in our business directory.
504 Loan Program at Self Help
The 504 loan program provides approved small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing used to acquire fixed assets for expansion or modernization. 504 loans are typically structured with SBA providing 40% of the total project costs, a participating lender covering up to 50% of the total project costs, and the borrower contributing 10% of the project costs. Check out this presentation for more information.
Orange County Small Business Loan Fund
If you’re a business located within Orange County and have revenues of less than $3M per year, you may qualify for loan program offered through the county, which is targeted toward businesses that have limited access to conventional financing. Find out more at Orange County Economic Development.
Town of Carrboro Revolving Loan Fund
In 1986, the Town of Carrboro established a revolving loan fund to support new and existing business in the creation or retention of jobs targeted specifically to low and moderate income persons. If your business or nonprofit is in the Town of Carrboro, you may qualify for their loan program. Find out more at the Town of Carrboro's department of community and economic development.
The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. They provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of their services are free of charge, and all are confidential. Visit the Chapel Hill location at 1700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Suite 115.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) was founded in 1981 as Chapter 495 serving Orange and Chatham counties. The chapter currently has more than 20 volunteer counselors. The counselors of SCORE Chapel Hill are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success.
The Small Business Center Network (SBCN), comprised of 58 Small Business Centers located at community colleges throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses as a community-based provider of business training, counseling, and resource information. As part of the Small Business Center Network, the Small Business Center (SBC) at Durham Tech provides business owners with the information they need for success, including - but not limited to - advice on marketing, sales, bookeeping, and financial management. The SBC offers the following services at little or no cost:
Training and technical assistance in starting a business
Business skills seminars, workshops, and courses
Confidential counseling to help develop a business plan or address business needs
Resource and referral services
A resource center with small business publications and literature
LCH is a cooperative effort between UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, Orange County, the Downtown Partnership, and private support. Launch Chapel Hill is a best-in-class business venture lab for students and residents located in downtown Chapel Hill. Launch Chapel Hill will help you develop your venture from early stage into a self-sustaining enterprise.
The PFAP is a joint project of Alamance, Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties, with Orange County acting as the fiscal agent during the establishment phase, as well as the home location of the center. PFAP’s mission is simple: To create a strong base to help launch and grow new food-businesses in the Piedmont, focusing on a 75 mile radius in all directions.
Find commercial real estate brokers and visit the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County’s economic development sites to find available space at our "Search for Space" page.