This is not your father’s chamber of commerce!
Let’s face it. We all know that businesses don’t operate the way they used to 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. In response, we defined a new way to spur innovation, drive economic development, and empower local businesses big and small.
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The Chamber at a Glance
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a bold, dynamic organization that serves the needs of businesses, non-profits and government agencies of all sizes. There’s no other organization that can connect you to all of these various groups better than the Durham Chamber.
Once you learn a little more about what we do to not only support businesses here, but how our work impacts the entire community, we are confident that you’ll be ready to engage with us. Not to mention, our greatest resource – our stellar staff. You’ll soon see how they can be a resource for you and your business!
Who We Are
Established in 1906, the Chamber has been an integral part of the Durham community for more than 100 years. Businesses, organizations, and agencies who choose to be a part of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce do so because it is a thriving, pro-active business leadership organization. We have proven that working with our community partners and business members results in a prosperous, healthy community for businesses and residents. There’s no other organization in the Research Triangle region with the depth and breadth of relationships that can help you.
Contact us to learn how we support businesses here and work to impact the entire community. We are confident that you’ll be ready to engage with us. Not to mention you’ll meet our greatest resource – our stellar staff!
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that serves its members by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate.
Through leadership and collaboration, the Chamber engages the Greater Durham business community, elected officials and regional partners in proactive business initiatives that foster Durham’s innovative business environment and creates opportunities for Durham and its residents to thrive and grow.
Board of Directors
William J. Brian, Jr.
Morningstar Law Group
Capitol Broadcasting Company
Durham Bulls Baseball Club
Immediate Past Chair
John D. Messick, III
ABC-11 Eyewitness News
Center Studio Architecture
Duke Energy Carolinas
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Elected & Appointed Directors
The Streets at Southpoint
William J. Brian, Jr.
Morningstar Law Group
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Duke Energy Carolinas
Duke Regional Hospital
Research Triangle Park Foundation
Capital Broadcasting Company/Durham Bulls Baseball Club
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Center Studio Architecture
Freudenberg IT LP
Dr. William Ingram
Durham Technical Community College
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
John D. Messick, III
NC Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Sam Nichols, Jr.
First Citizens Banks
Lehman (Lee) Pollard
Nelson & Company
Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC
CBRE | Raleigh
Lisa Yarborough, CFP
Ginny Kirk Andrews
Director of Business Development
Joined the Chamber staff: March 2013
Role at the Durham Chamber: Ginny Kirk links Chamber members with various aspects of the Chamber to help them reach their membership goals – basically, the go-to-girl if you have a person or place that you would like to connect with. She leads the charge for membership growth and retention and serves as the staff liaison for the Chamber Ambassadors.
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Favorite Childhood book: It’s a tie between “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
If you could possess any super power what would it be? I would want to have the power to talk to animals.
If Hollywood were to make a movie about your life, whom would you want to see play the lead role as you? Jennifer Lawrence
What is the first thing you would do with a million dollars? Throw a party!
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? A professional tennis player.
Rock, Paper, or Scissors? Rock.
Favorite Food: I love seafood… but also a good plate of nachos.
Where’s Waldo? He’s at the tip of my finger!
What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life? My taste in music varies but these are some of my favorites.. “Live ya Life” T.I. & Rhianna, “Queen Bee” Taj Mahal, “Circles around Me” by Sam Bush, “Been down this Road” by Railroad Earth, “Big Country” by Bela Fleck, “Up 18 North” Kruger Brothers, “Hard Knock Life” by Jay Z
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone? I don’t even know yet I’m still working on it, but I do think the little things add up. I think smiling at someone, really listening to someone, being honest with someone, and not being afraid to reach out to someone who appears to be having a bad day, are a few the nice things that I try to act on. I also think hand written letters are nice.
If you could learn how to do anything what would it be? If I could learn how to do anything, I would want to learn how to do all things artistic. I would also want to learn to speak Spanish fluently.
Vice President of Economic Development and Community Sustainability
Joined the Chamber Staff: 1990
Role at the Durham Chamber: Ted is responsible for recruiting new industry to Durham County, as well as work with larger, existing industries to grow and prosper here. Ensuring that Durham’s economy remains vibrant, Ted and the economic development team identify new and expanding industries to diversify the business base. In his 21 years at the Chamber, Ted has assisted hundreds of companies relocate or expand operations, generating billions of dollars of investment in Durham.
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Favorite childhood book: I do not have a favorite book or author, rather it depends upon my interest and motivation at the moment I pick up a book…and what I want to learn or achieve by the activity.
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? Convince others to listen, understand and accept others’ view of life and respect others’ positions and make educated and cogent decisions. It would be great if all would accept my thoughts and positions as the ultimate elevated truth in life.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? George Clooney or Bruce Willis…George because he is as handsome, smart and charming as I am and Bruce Willis because he is action oriented and fearless as I am.
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Figure out how to leverage the money to earn another million that can be used to make Durham an even better community!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A handsome devil that could make a positive impact or difference in the world – a catalyst for making good things happen.
Rock, Paper or Scissors? I prefer solutions derived using my mind, not chance.
Favorite food: A great hamburger or tantalizing pasta
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “Everyone is a Star”, Sly and the Family Stone; “I’m your Captain” Grand Funk Railroad; “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding; “Reeling in the Years” Steely Dan; “Celebration” Kool & The Gang
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Performed favors for folks who are ill when not asked; to take extra step to provide insight into issues and solutions to issues before the person.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Learn more about and better understand the human psyche.
Joined the Chamber staff: September 2010
Role at the Durham Chamber: Jackie is responsible for the financial processing and reporting for the organization. She also handles technology and contractual issues.
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Favorite childhood book: Anything by Dr. Seuss
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? The ability to fly
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Julia Roberts
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Travel
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I’ve always loved numbers
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Scissors
Favorite food: All things pasta and chocolate
Where’s Waldo? In a book
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the piano proficiently
Director of Membership Operations
Joined the Chamber staff: January 1973
Role at the Durham Chamber: Mable handles the day-to-day membership duties and tasks. She is also responsible for event planning and logistics for all Chamber events and programs.
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Favorite childhood book: Dick and Jane
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? I already have one; telling the total, honest truth
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Angela Basset
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Hope that someone I know obtains the same amount
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Whatever opportunity was available
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Rock
Favorite food: Chocolate
Where’s Waldo? Italian restaurants
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, The Stylistics; “I am Every Woman” Chaka Khan
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Being Born
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? To be patient
Vice President of Public Policy
Joined the Chamber staff: January 2009
Role at the Durham Chamber: John is the full-time lobbyists for the Chamber and its members, overseeing legislative matters at the local, state and federal levels of government. To help keep Chamber members informed, he staffs two Chamber committees: the Local, State and Federal Government Committee along with the Transportation Committee. John also works very closely with community nonprofits, Durham City and County, as well as representatives from local Universities and Colleges.
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Favorite childhood book: “Charlotte’s Web”
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? A magic wand that would enable citizens, businesses and politicians the ability to broker deals with ease!
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Cuba Gooding, Jr.
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Sit on some and create a fund that annually assists a few young people who do not have the means, but the desire to, attend college and travel outside the U.S.!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An attorney
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Paper
Favorite food: Sautéed Spinach
Where’s Waldo? Margaritaville!
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “ Blackbird” The Beatles; “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”Bobby McFerrin; “With a Little Help” Joe Cocker
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Respect all people, regardless of anything that makes them unique.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Perfect my golf game!
Director of Public Relations & Communications
Joined the Chamber staff: January 2015
Role at the Durham Chamber: Myra wakes up every day thinking about how to tell the story of Durham and the Durham Chamber. This includes generating compelling content about the community and businesses of Durham, while messaging the work of the Chamber and managing the Chamber’s social media.
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Favorite childhood book: “The Cat in the Hat”
If you could possess any super power, what would it be? The power of telepathy…to persuade with my words and my mind!
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Viola Davis
What is the first thing you would do with one million dollars? Create a culinary scholarship in my mother’s name.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Supreme Court Justice
Rock, Paper or Scissors? Scissors
Favorite food: Anything with mushrooms
Where’s Waldo? With Carmen Sandiego
What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? “ Run Joe” Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers; “Unforgettable”Nat King Cole; “Music Man” Letta Mbulu; “Walking After Midnight” Patsy Cline; “It Takes Two” Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone: Be my authentic self, allowing others to do the same.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Fly (with feathered wings)!
The Annual Report provides a look at the previous year’s strategic objectives, demonstrating the positive alignment between initiatives, actions and outcomes.
Key 2014 Stats:
- $370.9M in new investment
- 31 expansions
- 35 relocations
- 9 renovations
Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report.
Chamber in the News
- Durham hits economic home run with ACC baseball tourney – WNCN – May 23, 2015
- Durham Celebrates 2015 NCAA Champions – GoDuke.com – April 14, 2015
- Business briefs: Kenan Institute, Durham Chamber … more – The Herald Sun – April 12, 2015
- Durham Chamber honors GSK’s Bob Ingram, Sylvia Kerckhoff – Triangle Business Journal – February 12, 2015
- Durham entertainment leaders work to form single voice – The Herald Sun – September 28, 2014
- Durham chamber honors developer who helped build RTP’s ‘strong foundation – The Herald Sun – March 27, 2014
- Goodwin speak on health overhaul at Durham Chamber forum – The Herald Sun – December 6, 2013
- Chamber networking event aims for record – The Herald-Sun – September 27, 2013
- Tata: Locals to get more say in road projects – The Herald-Sun – September 24, 2013
- Businesses learn about health-care act – The Herald-Sun – August 16, 2013
- Column: Learn to network at Chamber U – The News & Observer – July 22, 2013
- ‘Smoffice’ initiative gets international recognition – The Herald-Sun – April 26, 2013
- Durham’s ‘Smoffice’ wins global gold at World Chamber – WRAL TechWire – April 25, 2013
- Durham’s Smoffice wins! Doha style – Triangle Business Journal – April 25, 2013
- A Small Office Wins Big – Durham Magazine – April 25, 2013
- Clement to receive Greater Durham Chamber 2013 civic award – The Herald-Sun – February 4, 2013
- Chamber benefits everyone – The Durham News – July 17, 2012
- In Durham, investments of $3.6B – Triangle Business Journal – July 13, 2012
- Durham Chamber backs call for city-county merger talks – The News & Observer – May 30, 2012
- Durham launches a new Startup Stampede with 11 companies – WRAL Tech Wire – May 2, 2012
- Durham Chamber honors Krzyzewski Family – Triangle Business Journal – February 14, 2012
- Business owners get a boost in Durham – NBC 17 – September 16, 2011
- Chamber honors businesses, organizations for excellence – The Herald-Sun – September 16, 2011
- No bull – Durham is the Triangle’s tech startup hub – The Skinny Blog, WRAL Tech Wire – March 22, 2011
- Startup Stampede picks 11 comapnies for 60-day Durham event – TechJournal South – March 22, 2011
- Run of the startup bulls – 11 ventures land free space in ‘Stampede’ – WRAL Tech Wire – March 22, 2011
- 11 companies get free office space – The Herald-Sun – March 22, 2011
- Durham startup event looks to attract entrepreneurs – The Duke Chronicle – February 28, 2011
- Durham’s Startup Stampede to host new ventures this Spring – Bull City Rising – February 25, 2011
- ‘Startup Stampede’ offers free office space in Durham – Local Tech Wire – February 24, 2011
- Starting the stampede – The Herald-Sun – February 23, 2011
- Startup Stampede: launch a company in 60 days with free space and support in Durham – TechJournal South – February 22, 2011
- Bull City Startup Stampede – Dirty Durham Blog – February 22, 2011
- Chamber wants to brand Durham city for entrepreneurs – February 9, 2011
- Chamber pitches for new members – The Herald-Sun – October 1, 2010
- City officials ask chamber to back $20M paving bond – The Herald-Sun – August 26, 2010
- Chamber charts 2010 course – The Herald-Sun – February 10, 2010
- Obama leverages facebook, social media – ABC 11 – February 9, 2010