• Start Your Business

  • Starting OutPhoto credit: Kristen Smith - Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

    • Read the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State’s info on incorporating your business in North Carolina.

    • Check out the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s guide for opening a business in Chapel Hill.

     

    Starting Up

    LaUNCh Chapel Hill

    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. 

    SCORE

    The Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of 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. In 2014, the Chapel Hill chapter was recognized as the #1 chapter in the country. Connect with them here

    Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center

    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.

    Orange County Economic Development

    In addition to their many other services, The Orange County Economic Development office now offers two small business grant programs to "stimulate both agricultural related ventures, and non-farm small business development and expansion throughout the county." The goal is to increase high-quality job opportunities for local residents. Learn more about the grant program to see if you qualify. 

     

    Data & Info

    • View the 2015 State of the Community Report

    • View the 2014 State of the Community Report 

    • View the 2013 State of the Community Report

    • View the 2012 State of the Community Report

    • Read or View the Town of Chapel Hill Retail Market Analysis

    • Read the Town of Chapel Hill Office Market Study

    • Read or View the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Study

    • Order a paper copy of the 2016 Visitors & Relocation Guide or pick up a copy in our office

    • Read a PDF version of the 2013 Visitors & Relocation Guide online

     

    Economic Development Offices 

     

    Technical Support

     

    Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

    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.

     

    SCORE

    The Chapel Hill-Carrboro chapter of 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. In 2014, the Chapel Hill chapter was recognized as the #1 chapter in the country. Connect with them here

     

    The Small Business Center at Durham Technical Community College

    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 

     

     If you have further questions about licensing, permits or other "Start Your Business" resources, contact Kristen Smith at (919) 357-9988 or ksmith@carolinachamber.org