EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: U.S. Opens, Chatham mega-site will have impact

Jan. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

A golf tournament and an empty industrial park might not have much in common at first glance.

But this summer’s U.S. Opens in Moore County and a massive mega-site under development in Chatham County could both be significant for Lee County business owners and job seekers alike. So in the next two months, the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting lunchtime Q&A sessions with officials from those two counties.

Pat Corso, economic development director for Moore County, will speak at the chamber’s Public Policy Luncheon on Feb. 3 at The Flame in Sanford to talk about the upcoming U.S. Open and how it might affect local businesses.

Then in early March, Chatham County Economic Development Corporation President Dianne Reed will come to The Flame to discuss the mega-site, which is made up of 1,800 acres along U.S. 421 near Siler City which the owners are trying to attract a major automaker to, according to the Chatham EDC’s website.

• Communities In Schools in Lee County is searching for a handful of new board members. No previous experience on a non-profit board is required. People who are interested or who want more information should email cisleedirector@windstream.net.

• North Carolina is getting progressively safer for employees, according to the N.C. Department of Labor. In 2013, 23 people were killed on the job in North Carolina, a drop from 38 in 2012 and 53 in 2011. The injury rate was also the lowest in state history last year. That’s all good news, but there was bad news for one group in particular: Even though less than 9 percent of the state as a whole is Hispanic, nearly half of those who died on the job last year were Hispanic.

• If you’re an unemployed homeowner facing foreclosure, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency might be able to help. The group has reportedly helped 15,000 homeowners across the state avoid foreclosure and has enough funds to help another 6,000. Contact Connie Helmlinger at (919) 877-5607 or cshelmlinger@nchfa.com.

• The state with the largest growth in millionaires per capita last year was North Dakota. Analysts credit the state’s energy boom - and especially natural gas development - for its charge from 43rd to 29th place. To be fair, it’s easy for North Dakota to be ranked high in anything measured per capita since it has so few residents (it’s about the same size as Durham). North Carolina, by contrast, is in the bottom 10 states and is below even South Carolina.

Business fluctuations: In the past week, two corporations formed in Lee County, Holder-Jackson Investment Properties and Rocky Point of Lee. A stunning 17 corporations were dissolved. That’s 14 or 15 more than average, at least since I’ve been writing this column. They were Ammons Real Estate, Buckhorn Concrete & Safety Supply, Carolina Custom Modular Sets, Danny’s Place I, Diamond Industrial Plumbing & Services, Four Seasons RV, Heaven’s Express, Hi Pools and Spas, J.O.B. Cleaning Systems, Last Place, Lee Tire &Supply Company, Portion Size Me, R.P. Metrics Solutions, SAI Enterprises, Stray Cat Corporation, Two-Most and Waylon`s Auto Sales.

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