• Carrboro Business Alliance

  • Shopping for something unique? Oh yes, we got it. Wanting to crash overnight? We got that, too. Whatever you want to do, we got you covered in Carrboro. Our local business owners and nonprofit leaders are teaming up to make sure Carrboro is a place where you want to be, eat, shop, play, experience, visit, and (we hope!) stay.  We are the Carrboro Business Alliance. We are Carrboro businesses and nonprofits and we say Feel Free!  Learn more about us.

    Vision: The Carrboro Business Alliance is a trusted voice of Carrboro enterprises that connects, supports, and serves its members and the broader community, sustaining a strong, resilient Carrboro.

    Mission: The Carrboro Business Alliance:

    • Connects me with other enterprises, information, and potential customers
    • Represents my interests to local government and policy makers (scroll down for policy platform and action agenda)
    • Promotes my business and the Carrboro community


    • Chair: Bridget Pemberton-Smith, Cameron's
    • Vice Chair: Chrystina Elle Passanisi, Sofia's Boutique
    • Art Menius, WCOM
    • Barbara Jessie Black, PTA Thrift Shops
    • Beth Burke, Vital Living Healing
    • Scott Conary, Open Eye Cafe
    • Betsey Elbogen, Perch
    • Tyler Huntington, Tyler's Restaurant and Tap Room
    • Dan Mayer, The ArtsCenter
    • Debra Markley, Piedmont Health
    • Nathan Millian, Carr Mill Mall
    • Marc Pons, Chapel Hill Tire
    • Wendy Smith, Cameron's

    Membership: All Carrboro-based enterprises are invited to join. Contact Rebecca Dickenson for fees and more information. *Note – All Carrboro-based members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce are already members of the Carrboro Business Alliance as a benefit of Chamber membership. 

    The 2018-2019 Policy Platform & Action Agenda


    The Carrboro Business Alliance voted and approved the 2018-2019 Policy Platform and Action Agenda in April 2018.  


    Values: There are five values that anchor the Policy Platform and Action Agenda. We believe:

    1. A successful economy is essential for a sustainable community.
    2. Diversity builds a more resilient economy and we oppose discrimination in all forms.
    3. The progressive reputation of our community is an asset and part of our competitive advantage.
    4. Carrboro benefits from the success of neighboring towns and the region.
    5. Cooperation and collaboration between and among business, nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and residents is civics at its best and enhances our overall quality of life.


    Platform: There are three pillars to our policy platform: 

       I. Retain, Recruit, & Grow Employers

    • We support policies and projects that create local jobs and contribute to improved quality of life.
    • We support policies that increase formation, retention, and relocation of businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community, including creating the commercial space needed to house them.
    • We support the development and maintenance of an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs, startups and existing enterprises in all phases of their business lifecycle.

       II. Improve Business Climate and Regulatory Environment

    • We advocate for policies that make it easier to build, renovate, and redevelop commercial property.
    • We advocate for plentiful, accessible, parking in the downtown.
    • We advocate for a fair tax and fee system that does not negatively target nor disadvantage specific sectors or industries.

       III. Build and Maintain Infrastructure

    • We support accessible, reliable, and affordable utilities including water, energy, high speed internet, and telephone service.
    • We advocate for improved multi-modal transit and transportation infrastructure to ease commuting and reduce congestion.
    • We support creating and maintaining community amenities that support a quality of life that attracts and retains talent and employers including well-planned parks, sidewalks and greenways.


    Action Agenda: Guided by our values and informed by our policy platform, the Carrboro Business Alliance has a clear action agenda for 2018-2019. We will:

    1. Collaborate with the Town and developer to ease road closure burdens on local businesses.
    2. Advocate for no net loss of publicly available parking in downtown Carrboro.  
    3. Advocate for a Carrboro-appropriate public behavior related ordinance. 
    4. Advocate for no property tax increase in FY2019 budget.
    5. Advocate to increase in business representation on town boards and commissions.
    6. Advocate for the Town of Carrboro to adopt a “buy local” preference in contracting and purchasing.


    Committee: Delivering on the Carrboro Business Alliance Policy Platform & Action Agenda is coordinated effort by a group of dedicated business leaders serving in a volunteer capacity through the Policy & Advocacy Committee. This committee is committed to making Carrboro a great great place to start and grow an enterprise. Those leaders include:

    • Scott Conary, Open Eye Cafe
    • Tyler Huntington, Tyler's Restaurant and Tap Room
    • Erik Lensch, Looking Glass Cafe
    • Nathan Millian, Carr Mill Mall
    • Rae Mosher, Carrburritos
    • Marc Pons, Chapel Hill Tire

    Contact: For questions about policy positions and advocacy efforts underway, contact Katie Loovis, who staffs the Committee and is Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.