Business

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Let's keep holiday spending local

Early and unseasonably cold weather certainly has made it feel like winter, although it's still hard to believe the Christmas shopping season is upon us.


Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Womack one of two tapped for Prosperity board

The Lee County Board of Commissioners, in the group’s last meeting before Democrats have a majority in December, voted to fill vacancies on various local boards — which included appointing an outgoing commissioner to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Chamber Chat: Workforce readiness matters

When we visit employers, we hear almost the same story from every one of them: “We have jobs available, we just can’t find the people with the right skills.”


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:04 AM

Transparency

As the owner of Eleven Bar East Ranch, Robert Helms holds events at his ranch which attract visitors from across the country to Lee County.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD-LEE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Board to get new appointments in commissioner meeting

Three members will be appointed to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board at Monday's Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting with outgoing Commissioner Jim Womack as one of the names in the hat.


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Mind your Business: Put economic growth first

Dr. Randall Parker, East Carolina University economics professor, spoke about the importance of economic growth during his presentation at the recent Free Market Lecture Series sponsored by the Business Technologies Department at Central Carolina Community College.


Nov. 09, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Our community has tradition of investing wisely

Election Day was, I'm sure, a relief for many. In a flurry of activity those final days, candidates worked diligently to explain their positions and ask for votes.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Clays championship coming soon

It's been three years since the Chamber hosted its first Clays Championship at Deep River Sporting Clays.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham Park office marks project’s first physical presence in Pittsboro

The Chatham Park project, for which 7,000 acres are designated in Pittsboro and which could bring as many as 60,000 new residents to the town of 4,000, took a major step forward Wednesday with the opening of its downtown office on Hillsboro Street.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

THE WOMEN'S EXCHANGE: Local women discuss 'breaking barriers' in work and life

More than 80 local professional women gathered Thursday to discover how their peers are breaking barriers in the business world and how they can do the same in their own lives.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 09:31 PM

Open house features future of manufacturing

Through the use of a virtual reality helmet, students can learn how to weld, a 3-D printer can create a plastic keychain, and screws can be placed in the wall using nothing but air.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

THE WOMEN'S EXCHANGE: Conference to confer message of personal growth, empowerment

About 70 women from the Central Carolina region will meet, mingle, network and hear presentations from successful women in the workforce — in addition to building camaraderie and learning about “breaking barriers” — at a gathering for female professionals next week.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 08:55 PM

A new facade


Sep. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Carolina Premium Foods announces plant opening

During the last month, several companies have worked to open new sites in the area, including a chicken-processing plant in Siler City that will bring in many new jobs.

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Sep. 24, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

Vendors help clients save at annual expo

Hundreds mingled, made connections and took advantage of exclusive deals during Wednesday's 26th annual Small Business Expo, where more than 60 vendors were on hand to show and tell about their goods and services.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

City, county reps to meet on ecomonic issues

Representatives from Sanford City Council and Lee County Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss continuing economic development through the O.T. Sloan Park, the Colon Road lift station and broadband Internet for the Lee County Industrial Park.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Kelly's Clean Cars, razed by fire, finds new home

After their car-detailing business burned down in July, Kelly and Terrie Gibson worked out of their truck with limited supplies and equipment for almost a month. Needing a more permanent solution, the Gibsons were ecstatic Wednesday when they reopened Kelly's Clean Cars at a new and improved location.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Council hears presentation on Brick Capital

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's Development Finance Initiative presented ways the Brick Capital Community Development Corporation can improve its financial situation at the Sanford City Council's Law and Finance Meeting Wednesday.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

In a bun and on the air

Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack, a Sanford specialty hot dog stand owned by Chris and Jamie Whitt, will be featured on the television show Carnival Eats along with its sausage dog the Big Texas Kick.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Keeping it in the community

They are the stalwarts of any small town, including Sanford, and they survive and thrive within a field of much larger competitors.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

LABOR DAY: Locals reflect on satisfying jobs

On the eve of Labor Day, several Sanford residents have found work which makes them happy and will continue it as long as they are able.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Performance Fibers announces accelerated shuttering of plant

The Performance Fibers plant in Moncure will be closing and permanently laying off employees on Oct. 27, according to a notice of mass layoff employees received Wednesday.


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Visitor spending up in Central Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties saw an increase in visitor spending in 2013. That increase includes all four counties — Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore — in the Central Carolina region.


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Benefits planned to bolster fire victims

Community members and volunteers are reaching out to help those affected by the fires that consumed five Sanford businesses last month.


Aug. 13, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

Vets, employers connect at Ellmers job fair

Veterans of the armed services leave the military with specific practical and technical training, respect for authority and a work ethic second to none demanded by the profession.