EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Get baby sitting while shopping

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce has a packed week coming up for locals, kicked off by newly elected Mayor Chet Mann at the chamber’s Public Policy Luncheon this Monday.

Starting at 11:45 at The Flame, Mann will lay out some of his general ideas and, specifically, his plans for Sanford’s business culture. There will also be a question-and-answer session at the end. Cost of attending, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for everyone else.

Then at 4 p.m. Thursday there will be a ribbon cutting at 325 S. Steele St. for H&R Block’s “Help Block Out Hunger” food drive for the local Salvation Army. Everyone who donates three or more cans of food will be entered in a drawing for a free income tax preparation.

Finally, the chamber is working with Central Carolina Community College on a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which will last from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the college’s Sanford campus and will also include the chance to take photos with Santa.

In other news...

• The Lee County Arts Council will be helping out hectic parents trying to shop this Saturday. For $10 per child, people can drop their kids at the Arts Council’s office in the Steele Street mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The children will get art lessons and then paint holiday-themed frames and Christmas tree ornaments. To register children or sign up to help volunteer, call (919) 774-6139.

• Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office recently released some holiday shopping tips, especially for people shopping online. If you see a good deal but don’t know the website, he suggests you look to see if the URL starts with “https” instead of “http” because those sites are more secure. There are other tips at www.ncdoj.gov, and you can find information to help avoid being duped into giving to phony or underhanded charities at www.secretary.state.nc.us/csl.

• Publix will be opening its first North Carolina grocery store in Cary about a year from now and, earlier this week, picked the location of a second store in Raleigh.

• North Carolina-based Food Lion is trying to work with customers to raise 1 million meals to donate to local food banks. To participate in the “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign, you can donate however much money or food you want at the register, or you can sponsor a pre-made meal box for $5. To date this year, Food Lion says it has already donated 30 million meals to food banks and plans to give out several thousand full holiday dinners to needy families.

• Business fluctuations: In part of the last week, four new corporations formed in Lee County — Atlantic Star, Lending Paws a Hand, Phillips Fleet Wash Service and Stewart Real Estate — and none were withdrawn or dissolved.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.