October 30, 2017

2017 Mayoral and City Council Candidate Surveys

Click the name of the candidate to read their responses to the 2017 Durham Chamber of Commerce Candidate Questionnaire.

Mayoral Candidates

Farad Ali

Steve Schewel

City Council Candidates

Ward 1

DeDreana Freeman

Cora Cole-McFadden


Ward 2

Mark-Anthony Middleton*

John Rooks


Ward 3

Vernetta Alston*

Shelia Ann read more

October 24, 2017

Small Business Spotlight: Durham’s Partnership for Children

For more than 20 years, Durham’s Partnership for Children has been charged with identifying needs and mobilizing partners to serve young children, birth to age 5, in Durham County. Founded as part of the state-wide early childhood initiative known as Smart Start, the Partnership leverages public and private sectors to … read more

October 18, 2017

Small Business Spotlight: A Plus Test Prep

APlus Test Prep

5501 Fortunes Ridge Drive

Durham, NC 27713

Email: aplus@aplushigherscores.com

Phone: 919-824-3912

Founded: January 2011

Owners: Vincent and Sheba Brown

Summary: A+ Test Prep provides test prep, tutoring services, professional development, and academic enrichment services. The team represents 100+ years of combined experience in read more

October 10, 2017

Business Can Benefit From Community Involvement

Companies that encourage community involvement distinguish themselves from their competitors and see many benefits, including loyal customers and happier employees.

Here are some ways that community service can have a positive impact on your business.

New relationships – Getting out into the community can help you and your staff members … read more

September 26, 2017

Durham’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates Nearly $155 Million in Economic Activity

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $154,170,023 in annual economic activity in Durham County, NC —supporting 5,722  full-time equivalent jobs and generating $13,357,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. Durham outperformed the national medians and similar study … read more

2017 Voter Guide – Durham

The primary elections are underway here in Durham and the Durham Chamber wants to make sure that you have all the information you need to participate in this important election. Below are important dates and details concerning this election.

Absentee voting began in Durham on Sept. 8. If you have … read more

September 12, 2017

July | August Economic Development Updates

Alcami: this leading product development and manufacturing services provider for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, plans to finish relocating its international headquarters from Wilmington to Durham in 2018.

The company says it will continue to operate its laboratory in Wilmington, while transitioning its executive team to the Research Triangle Park … read more

August 31, 2017

From the President: Why Public Private Partnerships Still Matter: Making the Case for P3

by Geoff Durham, Durham Chamber President & CEO

For Durham, a booming downtown chock full of arts, culture and entertainment offerings, the economic development future is bright. But this skyline of cranes are only made possible because of public-private partnerships.

A recent article by “City Lab” questioned the private sector … read more

Community Check-up: Discussing How to Improve Health Care in Durham

Health care discussions are front and center in Durham. The latest gathering, hosted by the Chamber on Aug. 22, brought together business and community leaders for insight into issues such as paying doctors for wellness, designing workplace wellness plans for employees, and overcoming community obstacles to health access.

“Community Check-Up: … read more

June 20, 2017

Bias and Business

written by Gracie Johnson-Lopez, Diversity & HR Solutions

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”—William James

How are you navigating the biases associated with women in leadership, generational differences, racial inequity, language barriers and sexual orientation?  How do you approach those with … read more