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Next Meeting:

The Imressive Economic Impact of LaUNCh 

Thursday, May 28

Dina Mills Rousset, LaUNCh Chapel Hill's Program Manager, Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Studies at Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the co-founder of LunaPops presents an in-depth update on LaUNCh and 1789 Venture Lab. She will also introduce some of the growing companies and their entrepreneurs. Learn more about the impressive economic impact of LaUNCh and meet some of the very exciting new companies growing right here in Downtown Chapel Hill.   

Coffee at 9:30 am    |    Free Meeting at 10 am

The  Franklin Hotel, second floor
311 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bus:  W Franklin St at Kenan St   |   Free parking

Free parking available in the lot behind the Franklin Hotel (ONLY on the side facing the hotel) and in the hotel's gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the Town lots behind Chipotle and off Rosemary below 140 West.


The mission of Friends of the Downtown is to develop and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a place for community interaction and economic vitality.

The focus is on economic growth, job creation, co-marketing opportunities, increasing influence with local government and increasing the awareness of Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Franklin Street is the core of the downtown, hence our website name:




Whimsical views of Downtown Chapel Hill


SCK Design



Elaine O'Neil Textile Collages

Candidate Forum:

Gregg Gerdau  

Remember to Shop Downtown!

Thanks to the many Downtown Merchants who have donated door prizes for our meetings.

Click for a list of our great Downtown merchants.

Parking Information and Map

There now is free night parking at a number of downtown lots. For a map and complete listing of lots and costs, meters and valet parking go to



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