Aaron Nelson

New Sign Ordinance Passes in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s sign ordinance has not been updated in the last 25 years. But this streak is coming to a close. “The sign ordinance is a very common question I get from downtown businesses, mostly expressed in confusion and concern,” said Bobby Funk of the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership.  “I think this new ordinance achieves what we’re looking for – greater flexibility and the ability for businesses to market themselves effectively.” On Monday, the Chapel Hill Town Council heard amendments to the current sign ordinances that have been the cause of concern for some local businesses. “We’re especially excited...

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Chamber of Commerce to Let Their Hair Down at the BEAs

Aaron Nelson and Chela Tu of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce joined Ron Stutts on Monday to discuss the BEAs. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/02/CHAMBER%20BEAS%20AWARDS-ron%20with%20aaron%20and%20chela%20tu%20050216.mp3   “BEA” is short for “Business Excellence Awards.  The event is Friday, May 13 at 6:30 PM.  It’s at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.  There will be an after-party at The Strowd. The BEAs will recognize the best businesses in the community.  Some of the awards will be chosen by a selection committee.  You had an opportunity to make your voice heard in the WCHL/Chapelboro People’s choice Awards....

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Orange County’s “Retail Gap” Is Growing

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise – but the amount of money that’s spent by Orange County residents exceeds the amount of money that’s actually spent in Orange County. That’s a phenomenon with a technical term: it’s called a “retail gap.” Delivering his annual “State of the Community” report this week at the Friday Center, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce president Aaron Nelson said Orange County has a retail gap partly because we haven’t gone out of our way to bring in major retailers. “Retail is something that we’ve not historically recruited in our market,” he said, because “it generally (offers) low-wage...

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Aaron Nelson Discusses Business Impact of House Bill 2

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce not only helps the business community, but the community in general. Aaron Nelson, President and CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, discussed House Bill 2 with WCHL’s Ron Stutts Thursday morning.  Nelson originally was scheduled to appear to discuss the chamber’s upcoming State of the Community report. After discussing that report, Ron Stutts and Aaron Nelson addressed the controversial bill that overturned Charlotte’s recent anti-discrimination ordinance.  Nelson said, “So many days I wake up so proud of North Carolina and so proud of our community.  Yesterday was not one of them.” Nelson...

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