EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Dandalia now serving meals, tax-free weekend might end

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Dandalia Bakery & Coffee House, a Sanford boutique known for its cakes, cupcakes and other sweet creations, is now adding something savory.

The bakery started offering lunch last week, and on Monday it will also roll out a breakfast menu comprised of more than just donuts — not to say that an all-donut breakfast is bad, except of course for your health — at its 1907 Bragg St. location near Lee County High School.

Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., and lunch will last from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are menus posted online, along with daily updates about specials, at www.facebook.com/dandaliabakery.

In other news...

Tax-free shopping: In a few weeks, families on the hunt for back-to-school supplies will pay no sales taxes on qualifying items, such as backpacks, textbooks, computers, shoes and clothes. A retail lobbying group estimated that families across the state saved $14.7 million last year during the tax free holiday, which will occur from Aug. 2-4 this year. This is the 11th year of the event, and it could also be the last: The N.C. Senate is trying to abolish it (in that chamber's version of House Bill 998, a wide-reaching tax reform bill) out of fear that it's depriving the state of revenue. However, according to a study by The Washington Economics Group, the state of Florida actually collected $115 million more in sales tax when it first offered a tax-free weekend, in 2010. Researchers proposed that people excited to be saving spent those savings — and hundreds of millions extra — on other items that didn't qualify for the tax write-off. It's unclear, though, if people in North Carolina love spending their tax savings as much as their Florida counterparts.

In the business of helping businesses: The N.C. Military Business Center has appointed a new military coordinator/business development specialist. Greg Ryan, who is also a joint plans officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, is based out of Coastal Carolina Community College but will be able to help businesses statewide, according to a press release. His main duties include identifying contract opportunities, sourcing them to businesses across the state and providing one-on-one assistance to help businesses compete for, win and grow jobs through federal contracts. He can be reached at ryang@coastalcarolina.edu.

Small business seminars: The Chatham County Economic Development Corporation will be holding a series of seminars throughout the next month aimed at helping small business owners — or prospective small business owners — which are free and open to all. The seminars mainly focus on tax, record-keeping and other financial issues, and they will be held in Siler City. More information can be found at http://www.chathamedc.org, and organizers ask that people RSVP in advance, at (919) 545-8044.

Business fluctuations: In the last week, four corporations formed in Lee County — Bridges Investment Properties, Diaphero Consulting, Droptyne Outdoors and Sandcor — and none were withdrawn or dissolved.

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