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Our Chamber

Vision

To be a globally recognized community with the talent, infrastructure, and investment that drives the success of local employers and supports world-class education, public amenities, and thriving downtowns.

Mission

To serve and advance the business interests of our community and build a sustainable community where business thrives.

Values

Customer Service, Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Responsibility, Commitment, and Sustainability.

Network

Our Chamber is made up of 1,000 members, including large and small businesses, government and nonprofit organizations, and individual realtors and entrepreneurs. Members employ more than 95,000 people throughout our region. Meet our members: online business directory.

Geography

Serving Greater Chapel Hill, including the town of Carrboro and southern Orange, northern Chatham, and southwest Durham Counties. Learn more about our region.

Commitments

  • To connect members with the people and information they need to thrive
  • To advocate for the business interests of our community
  • To promote a thriving economy and community
  • To save members money

Governance

As a membership organization, the Chamber is governed by a diverse, 34-person Board of Directors with 8 full-time and 1 part-time staff members. Meet the team and Major Investors.

Scope of Work

To advance this ambitious vision and mission, the Chamber delivers a variety of programs and events, proactive government affairs and advocacystrategic communications and marketing, and valuable money-saving initiatives. We annually report on our performance: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2015.

The Partnership

To build on the Chamber's commitment to community and economic development, in 2012, the Chamber launched a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate, called the Partnership for a Sustainable Community. The Partnership applies business leadership to solve community problems and create opportunities. Signature programs include the State of the Community Report and Conference, the Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference, and Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro. The Partnership also coordinates The Hundred Club of Orange County, which provides financial support to the families of Orange County first responders killed in the line of duty.

History

The Chamber began in 1942 as the “Chapel Hill-Carrboro Merchants Association, Inc.” Approximately twenty years later (1963), a separate organization launched, called the “Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Incorporated” and about fifteen years later (1979), the two organizations merged into “The Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.” In 1989, the organization began referred to it self as the “Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.” In 2019, the organization unveiled a contemporary new brand to reflect the growing network and region it serves, and began doing business as "The Chamber" with a tagline, "For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro."