EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

When one door closes, another opens; so the saying goes. It’s certainly true for Siler City right now.

About a week after the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted to sell 188 acres of the Central Carolina Business Campus located in the small town in northwest Chatham County, the Siler City Board of Commissioners voted to support the development of a 1,625-acre “megasite” that could bring as many as 3,000 jobs to the area.

The megasite is technically on the border of Randolph County and Chatham County, several miles outside of Siler City. But locals from the town of about 8,000 people — many of whom are still reeling from the closing of a Townsend’s chicken plant in 2011 that resulted in more than 1,000 layoffs — are expected to benefit should the site open for business.

In other news, two items I reported last week — fast-paced growth in Lee County and an influx of new corporations — are both in for less optimistic updates this week.

Growth in Lee County: I previously stated in the column that, based on projections from the Census Bureau, Lee County was the 10th-fastest-growing county in the state between April 2010 and July 2012. That remains true, but the accuracy of the Census Bureau’s data for Lee County has since been called into question by local bureaucrats, politicians, business observers and others. It appears that, from talking with them, the county is indeed growing — just at a slower pace.

Business fluctuations: In the week since my last column, four Lee County corporations have been dissolved or withdrawn (Earthwork Inc., Artex Services Inc., Jitterbugz Inc. and Blue Construction Company) and three were formed (The Red Sofa LLC, Grassroots Essential Living LLC and Delannco Properties LLC).

General Notice: The N.C. Secretary of State is warning businesses to be on the lookout for a new scam revolving around the filing of annual minutes. According to the announcement: “If you are contacted, or have been recently contacted, by any company offering to prepare your 2013 annual minutes, please know that North Carolina law does NOT require you to file corporate minutes with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office. This means there is no need to purchase services in order to meet any stated or implied obligation to file corporate minutes at our office.”

Minutes and records of various meetings are indeed required to be kept by state law — General Statute 55-16-01(a) to be exact — but they only have to be internally filed. Nothing has to be filed with the Secretary of State’s office.

Hiring: Dandalia Bakery and Coffee House, located at 1907 Bragg Street in Sanford, is accepting applications for a “barista/all around everything person” who must be able to work evenings and weekends. Applications are available at the store.

Know of a business that’s opening, closing, moving, selling or otherwise changing? Email Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or call him at (919) 718-1217.