We launched our efforts in November 2015 and already over 60 Orange County employers have chosen to be certified as living wage employers. Many of these businesses and organizations have given raises to their employees in order to qualify, adding several hundred thousand dollars to their annual payrolls.
Living wages benefit employees, their families, businesses and organizations, our community, and our economy. At Orange County Living Wage we seek to connect people to businesses and organizations that are committed to paying a living wage. Through our collaborative efforts, we can help to create a just and sustainable local economy so that we all can flourish.
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Auto Logic provides comprehensive maintenance and repairs for Asian, European and select domestic automobiles. We are Hybrid certified and have dealer level diagnostics capabilities. We offer NC state inspection, Michelin tires and alignment services. Six of our technicians are ASE certified Master Technicians. Auto Logic has been locally owned since 1986 and has won numerous awards for technical excellence and customer service over the years. Customer shuttle service is available.
We are a bar and bottle shop specializing in craft beers on draught or in take home growlers, plus wines.
BellaDomus Residential Design
Comprehensive design service for new homes, remodels, and additions.
Binkley Baptist Church
Binkley Baptist Church is a welcoming and affirming congregation that seeks to live out the teachings of Jesus.
Bonneville Renovation & Repair, LLC (DBA Bonneville Electric)
Residential and Commercial Electrical Contracting.
Carol Woods Retirement Community
With 35 years of making a difference in the lives of residents and the surrounding community, Carol Woods has set the standard for excellence in the industry. Carol Woods was one of two inaugural recipients of the national Pathways to Greatness Award, which recognized our strong leadership, superior performance, distinctive impact, best practices/innovations and customer feedback. Situated on 120 wooded acres, Carol Woods is an accredited, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that attracts active, independent residents from across the country. In May 2014, Standard & Poor’s renewed Carol Woods' “A” with stable outlook credit rating, acknowledging our strong board of directors and excellent management team.
Carolina Bright Smiles
Carolina Bright Smiles understands how important your smile is to how you look and feel, and we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of dentistry in Hillsborough, NC. Our years of education and experience have given us the training to work at the highest level.
Carrboro Community Acupuncture
Carrboro Community Acupuncture believes that the health of a community is directly related to the wellness services available to its residents. Using the community acupuncture model, treatments are affordable and accessible. Carrboro Community Acupuncture is affordable healthcare.
Carrboro Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Carrboro Pediatrics and Internal Medicine (CPIM) provides highly trained doctors for children and adults along with great patient support. Our practice and philosophy are somewhat different from many primary care offices. Appointments are scheduled for thirty minutes. That extra time is spent discussing you and your concerns, as well as diagnostic possibilities, treatment options, illness prevention, and, most importantly, health promotion.
Carrboro Plumbing, Inc.
Carrboro Plumbing is a full service plumbing contractor.
Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities
CGISC conducts research for public policy and in support of social equity. We serve as experts for plaintiffs in civil rights litigation around the country.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) is one of two public school systems in Orange County, NC. CHCCS is located near the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the world renowned Research Triangle Park (RTP). The district operates three high schools, four middle schools, eleven elementary schools, a school for young people being treated at UNC Hospital and an alternative high school. These schools serve more than 12,000 students.
Chapel Hill Cooperative Pre-School
The Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool is an NAEYC-accredited Center. The CHCP mission is to partner with families of children from diverse backgrounds to respect and honor childhood, celebrate independence, and support children as they learn and play.
Chapel Hill Doctors Healthcare Center
We partner with our patients to treat acute and chronic conditions, optimize health, and promote healthy aging and well-being.
55 Vilcom Center Drive
Boyd Hall, Suite 110
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Chapel Hill Eyecare and Optometry, PA
Chapel Hill Eyecare and Optometry is a relationship based practice with the intention of providing high tech / high touch comprehensive eye care at an affordable price.
Chapel Hill Friends Meeting
We are the Chapel Hill Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). We meet for worship each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00, with an Adult Religious Education Forum between the Meetings for Worship. We have a lively First-Day (Sunday) School during the late Meeting for Worship. We have an unprogrammed (silent) Meeting for Worship in the Quaker tradition that reaches back to 17th Century England (and North Carolina!). Our monthly business meetings, too, are conducted in a spirit of worshipful waiting on the Light. We consistently try to live into the testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, and Equality. These testimonies lead us to be active in our local, state, national and international communities. We always welcome visitors.
Chapel Hill Ophthalmology
Chapel Hill Ophthalmology provides complete eye care. Comprehensive medical and surgical eye care, eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, advanced cataract and glaucoma care and surgery, and LASIK, along with most all routine and complex care related to vision and eyes. We also have an on-site optical boutique and optical lab as well as most all types of contact lenses.
Chapel Hill Primary Care
We are a locally owned, private medical practice that strives to meet your immediate medical needs as well as your long term healthcare goals.
55 Vilcom Center Drive
Boyd Hall, Suite 110
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Church of Reconciliation
We are a United Presbyterian Church with a strong commitment to social justice.
Community Empowerment Fund
CEF provides relationship-based support, matched savings accounts, workforce development, and financial education to individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Community Home Trust
Community Home Trust is a non-profit provider of affordable housing in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We implement inclusionary housing programs in both towns.
Dennis Ellis, DDS, PA
State of the art dental office.
Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
Provides mediation for a variety of interpersonal disputes; training; facilitation; and youth programs.
Dynamic Electrical Solutions Inc.
Dynamic Electric is a licensed and insured electrical contractor, providing both residential and commercial services to Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance and Wake Counties. We take great pride in providing quality work and excellent customer service.
E&W Electrical, LLC
E & W Electrical, LLC, is a locally based Power Systems provider focusing on complete generator solutions for residential and commercial customers. E & W offers all aspects of generator services, including sales, design and load analysis, installations, energy and fuel source management, repairs, effective preventive maintenance plans and remote monitoring.
Eller Residential, Inc.
Eller Residential is a multifamily management business based in Chapel Hill. We strive to create the best possible lifestyle, community and place for our residents to call “home,” while maximizing the value of the asset for our property owners. Our management team is made up of seasoned property managers, leasing agents, maintenance supervisors, maintenance technicians and senior staff. It is led by the vision of an executive team that has seen first-hand how management directly impacts the value of a property. We are responsive to the needs of our investors and owners, and are approachable and accessible to the site staff.
Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle
The Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle is a humanistic congregational community promoting the cultivation of ethical values founded on reason and science and inspired by the love of humanity.
F & F Automotive, Inc.
We provide automotive repairs and maintenance of import and domestic vehicles. We are an NC State Inspection Station. Full service automotive needs.
We are a woman-owned custom picture-framing business serving the area for 40 years. “Where imagination meets craft.”
GGA Architects, P.A. has been providing architectural design and construction administration services to the southern Orange/Chapel Hill community for over 30 years. GGA is committed to producing buildings with the highest of design standards and client service levels. Our projects, both public and private, in the Chapel Hill area include such notable buildings as the Chapel Hill Aquatic Center, The Franklin Hotel, Performance motors, Chapel Hill Public Library, IFC Community House and many others.
Grace Physical Therapy and Pelvic Health
Grace Physical Therapy and Pelvic Health offer a refuge and safe haven where patients can obtain understanding and compassionate care. Treatment is provided for pelvic, orthopedic, and pain conditions.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County charges lives by bringing together God’s people and resources to help families in need build and own quality affordable homes in safe and supportive communities.
Hot Tin Roof
Hot Tin Roof has been created to feel like and resemble an old juke joint or honky-tonk. These were terms for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, drinking, gambling and a place to relax and socialize...usually found in the south.
Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, Inc.
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service helps individuals and families break the cycle of poverty – providing shelter, food, direct support, medical services, advocacy & information to people in need. The IFC accomplishes this through strong partnerships with volunteers, congregations, businesses, and community coalitions.
Jeffrey R. Kennedy, DDS, PA (DBA: Kennedy Dental Group)
The Kennedy Dental Group of Drs. Jeff Kennedy, Leland Webb, and Credle Harris have combined experience of over 65 years serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s general dental needs. We practice what we like to call “practical dentistry” by focusing on patient health and comfort while keeping a constant eye on conservative treatment options.
Joe Van Gogh, LLC
At Joe Van Gogh, roasting, brewing, and sharing coffee is our passion. We consider ourselves to be coffee roasters and baristas who are true to their craft. We take the ultimate pride in our finished product. We ensure high quality green beans and pay special attention to the unique characteristics of each season’s crop in order to provide you with superior coffee year after year.
Environmentally sound residential repairs, remodeling, and home construction.
Residential general contracting, including home additions and remodeling.
Mystery Brewing Company
Our mission is to create a cornucopia of high-quality rustic ales for the discriminating consumer, to test the boundaries of creativity and style.--In short, to make outstanding beer.
Orange County ABC
Orange County ABC is a chain of county liquor stores.
Orange County Government
Orange County Government assures that adequate levels of service are provided to residents as efficiently as possible. Orange County staff is responsible for implementing the policies of the Board of County Commissioner.
Orange County Schools
We prepare all students to be creative, constructive thinkers, who become healthy, productive, and responsible members of our community and the world.
Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
OWASA is a public, non-profit agency providing water, sewer, and reclaimed water services to the Carrboro Chapel Hill Community-- including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and southern Orange County, North Carolina.
PlumbV provides professional plumbing services at a competitive price for the community in which it resides and serves.
Private chef services for the busy family and school, providing healthy alternatives for diverse dietary needs.
Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Rise Carrboro serves biscuits & donuts from 7am-2pm every day, waitstaff free and with a swift service line. We’ve got locally roasted coffee, juices, and milk for you to enjoy while you wait.
Our donut menu features an assortment of old school, new school, and specialty donuts with interesting and unusual flavors. Our biscuit menu features everyday favorite fillings like country ham, bacon, sausage, fried chicken, and fried eggplant “bacon,” as well as a variety of cheeses, spreads, and eggs. You choose it, we’ll make it. Our biscuit and donut specialty offerings change monthly, and each Rise location features its own, unique specialty biscuit & donut each month.
Rise is about more than just crave-worthy food. We’re indebted and committed to our customers, employees, and community. We are proud of our company culture and care deeply about the community that has grown up around our food. We love involving customers in the process, and hearing about what you like and don’t like. Talk to us, we’ll respond.
Everything at Rise is prepped and cooked fresh daily, so donuts and biscuits sometimes sell out and are subject to change. Come early!
We treat oral disease and offer preventive and conservative treatments to reduce health care needs and minimize extensive, expensive care.
Steel String, LLC
Steel String Brewery brews craft beer and operates a small bar in downtown Carrboro.
Space Builders, Inc.
Space Builders, Inc., is a general contracting firm specializing in residential renovations and additions. We are a full-service company dedicated to quality construction and client satisfaction.
Stoneline Design, Inc.
Stoneline Design does furniture design and production for corporate and residential applications.
Stuckey & Boyd Financial Services
Stuckey and Boyd Financial Services has been providing investment and insurance services to individuals and businesses since 1984.
Susanne P. Jackson, DDS
Our general dental practice is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable environment. We pride ourselves on being different from other dental practices. We will listen to you, respect your time, and make you feel like part of our family.
Synergy Flow Arts
Synergy Flow Arts is a unique supplier of dance props and fire-dance props for cirque performers and fire-dancers.
Szostak Design Inc. is an award winning Architectural and Design firm in Orange County NC.
TEAM Wealth Investments
We provide personalized, flexible, solution-based investment management and financial planning to our clients. We believe in creating a portfolio of assets tailored to fit our clients’ financial needs, risk tolerance and values. The goal of our client-focused approach is to develop long-term relationships and foster trust with clients as we help them achieve their financial goals and advise them through life’s financial decisions.
Town of Carrboro
The Town of Carrboro is governed by Mayor Lydia Lavelle, and six aldermen: Michelle Johnson, Damon Seils, Bethany Chaney, Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Sammy Slade-Mayor Pro Tem, and Jacquelyn Gist. Our employees provide excellent service for approximately 20,000 residents under the leadership of Town Manager, David Andrews. Mayor Lavelle says of Carrboro, "We are proud to be a progressive, engaged, and forward thinking community with a relaxing small town atmosphere."
Town of Chapel Hill
The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a full-service municipal government with 14 departments and approximately 700 regular employees. Services include trash collection, parks and greenways, recreation programs, library services, traffic engineering, parking services, housing and neighborhood services, building inspections, police and fire protection, storm water services, Chapel Hill Transit, street maintenance, sidewalk construction, and planning and zoning oversight. Services are supported by an annual budget of $100 million for all funds.
United Church of Chapel Hill
A Congregational Church in Chapel Hill---Part of the United Church of Christ.
Victoria Park Florist
A full-service florist offering floral arrangements, plants, and gifts. We deliver within Chapel Hill and to Carrboro, Hillsborough and Durham.
VIF International Education
VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable 21st century skills. A proud B Corp, VIF strives to support teachers, school leaders and districts in the endeavor of developing globally competent citizens through turnkey international education programs and resources. Students with cultural awareness, creative thinking and problem-solving skills will be lifelong learners equipped to thrive in an increasingly global marketplace.
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe
The Curryblossom Cafe is a counter-service restaurant featuring home-cooked Indian food locally and sustainably sourced. We offer catering with multiple domestic and international cuisines.
Compassionate, comprehensive dental care in a state-of-the-art facility.
Weaver Dairy Community Pre-School
A small preschool with happy children and wonderful staff! Five-star program with nurturing environment.---Learning through play and fostering kindergarten readiness.
Weaver Street Realty
We are a locally-owned progressive and environmentally conscious real estate firm in downtown Carrboro. We believe in supporting our staff and community through profit distributions and sponsorships. We’ve been in downtown Carrboro over 30 years and intend to be here for 30 more.