Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Shortage of qualified workers is problem locally, nationally

Two things in the business world caught my attention this week.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Company takes over flea market site

Moving to a new home just got easier for Sanford residents with the opening of U-Haul Moving and Storage of Jonesboro at 2701 S. Horner Blvd. on Monday.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: 'Your success is our success'

As promised several weeks ago, I am happy to report that the Chamber division of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance completed a membership drive this past week.

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Playing it safe

The artwork lining the halls of Pfizer's Hawkins Avenue facility, much of which was done by the children of Pfizer employees, is meant to depict values like energy, creativity and family — words Pfizer employees see as core to their mission.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: City to kick off second Citizens’ Academy

The city of Sanford’s second Citizens’ Academy will kick off this summer to educate Sanford residents about the inner workings of their city government.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: No easy solution to parking problems

Orange barrels line our downtown streets this week as the construction of new sidewalks and crosswalks really picks up speed.

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: Safe travel on the information superhighway

As part of Internet Safety Month, numerous businesses, nonprofits and other organizations are working to educate parents and their children about how they can be more secure online, whether its on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Entrepreneurship seems to be rebounding

For the first century of our country’s existence, America’s economy was dominated by independent workers.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Sushi — with a twist

In two weeks, Sanford residents will get a taste of the Japanese-style fare they’ve missed since a tornado forced local favorite Umami to relocate — but with a slightly different flavor.

May. 31, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Jobs, workforce continue to change

The unemployment rate in North Carolina ticked up one-tenth of a point for April to 5.5 percent. Nationally, the rate declined 0.1 percent to 5.4 percent. Lee County's April numbers will be released next week.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

'There's still love alive'

This week family and friends of Floyd Douglas remembered his kindness to those in need, his friendship to all, as well as his love of God.

May. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sandwiches, soups, salads and more

Mike Matarese, co-owner of Elizabeth's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, and Mike Pascarella, co-owner of Cafe Vesuvio, joined forces this week to opened Quick Bites, a sandwich, soup and salad shop at 1907 Bragg St.

May. 24, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber Chat: Looking towards the future

Marketing guru Seth Godin wrote an entire book about what he calls “tribes” — a group of people connected to one another with a shared idea and a leader.

May. 22, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Shop services, extricates on tight timeline

It’s early Thursday morning, and after an employee left on a tow truck call, T.J. Kellam began work on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado.

May. 21, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford Area Growth Alliance launches new website

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance has announced the official launch of its website for public use.

May. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: Uncle P's is a dream in the making

One day while driving down South Horner Boulevard, Homer Anderson spotted a “For Rent” sign up at 701 S. Horner Blvd.

May. 17, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: It pays to be a Chamber member

We get the same telephone call many times a month: “How much does it cost to join the Chamber?” My response is usually, “It depends — on the effort you are willing to make.”

May. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Caterpillar apprentices gain valuable industry skills

For the high school seniors graduating from the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship Program this week, the certificates they received were nothing compared to the skills they had gained over the past two-and-a-half years

May. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

‘It’s like a ghost place’

“Empty seats everywhere.”

May. 10, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Banquet highlighted achievement, chamber benefits

Our Small Business Banquet, held last Thursday, was a big success.

May. 10, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Everybody's Business: Shopping at Sanford 2nd Sunday for Mother’s Day

Looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift or just a relaxing Sunday afternoon activity for you and your family? Sanford 2nd Sunday, a downtown Sanford street fair, will be held today from noon to 4 p.m.

May. 09, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Small Business Banquet honors local standouts

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce honored three Sanford residents and veteran newscaster Larry Stogner during its 26th annual Small Business Banquet Thursday.

May. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chinese company buys Static Control

An official from Static Control Components, the Sanford-based manufacturing company that announced a merger with Chinese manufacturer Apex Microelectronics Thursday

May. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

SAGA CEO resigns after 10 months

Sanford Area Growth Alliance CEO Rodger Sauls has resigned from the fledgling organization after just 10 months on the job amid concerns about the effectiveness of the organization and the pace of its progress.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber chat: They profit most who serve best

On Thursday of this past week, I traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, to a Rotary district convention.