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  • 1. UNC Employee Forum March 5, 2014
  • 2. Aaron Nelson, president/CEO UNC Class of 1997, SBP • Government Relations and Public Policy • Economic Development • Community Development • Access to information and decision makers
  • 3. Our Mission The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that serves and advances the business interests of our community and builds a sustainable community where business thrives.
  • 4. Our Commitments to You • The Chamber advocates for your organization’s interests and the interests of our local business community, • The Chamber connects you with the people and information you need to thrive; and • The Chamber helps you save money.
  • 5. Kristen Smith, vice president for advocacy and engagement • Member outreach and engagement • Public policy tracking and advocacy • Earned and social media UNC Class of 2002
  • 6. Ten Things You May Not Have Known about Your Chamber Kristen Smith, Vice President for Advocacy & Engagement Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  • 7. Over 1,300 members strong & cover the entire region • We have over 1,300 members, most of them with 10 employees or fewer, including 100 nonprofits. • Most of our members are in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but we have members located all over the Triangle. • Did you know that the University of North Carolina has been a Chamber member for more than 40 years?
  • 8. We have the “same last name” as other Chambers of Commerce • We formally disassociated with the U.S. Chamber in 2009 over their position on health care and climate change. • We are members of the N.C. Chamber, N.C. Retail Merchants Association, the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
  • 9. We save our members – that means YOU! - money!
  • 10. Find deals at
  • 11. We offer a Small Business Health & Dental Service $60 doctors visits , $10 prescriptions , and discounted dental services at Piedmont Health Services
  • 12. You can rent our conference room! Email Justin Simmons at
  • 13. We Advocate for the Business Community We have a 16-point public policy agenda covering four main ideas: Retain, Recruit, & Grow Employers Improve Regulatory Environment & Business Climate Build & Maintain Infrastructure Increase participation and influence by and of the business community
  • 14. We advocate for projects that benefit UNC & its students
  • 15. In partnership with UNC, we birthed a green and sustainable certification program Check out for more information!
  • 16. We help develop leaders Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro: April 7-June 11
  • 17. We have Young Professionals Network!
  • 18. We’re Helping Attract Talent
  • 19. Did you know we have a charitable arm?
  • 20. Save the date for the 2014 Inter-City Visit! WHERE: Athens, GA! WHEN: September 21-23
  • 21. How can YOU get involved?
  • 22. Ways to Get Involved • Sign up for our communication • Attend our events • Talk to Chamber staff and volunteers • Connect with us on social media
  • 23. Connect With Us • • Twitter: @CarolinaChamber • • • LinkedIn: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber group • Instagram: @carolinachamber •
  • 24. QUESTIONS?