Just in time for Veterans Day, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would expand a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans and turn it into a permanent benefit.
The tax break — up to $5,600 for any business that hires a long-term-unemployed veteran and an extra $4,000 if that veteran has a service-related disability — is called the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors and is set to expire at the end of the year. Hagan’s bill would make the benefit permanent and would also extend it to include military reservists and members of the National Guard.
In other veteran news, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has filed a bill that would require the VA system to better inform vets in need of a prosthetic limb or orthotic care of their rights and entitlements.
Both of the bills come just in time for Veterans Day on Nov. 11. To celebrate the holiday locally, the annual Lee County veterans appreciation breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Enrichment Center, located at 1615 S. Third St. The event is free to all veterans and active duty personnel, but people must call (919) 776-0501 ext. 2201 by Monday to sign up. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.
Finally, any veteran goes to a Great Clips hair salon on Veterans Day will get a free haircut. Non-veterans in for a trim that day will get a card to give to any active/inactive/retired military member to redeem for a free haircut before the end of the year. Sanford has two Great Clips, one near the Lowes Foods in the Spring Lane Galleria and the other near the Food Lion in Tramway Crossing.
In other news...
• The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center, a 39-foot screening center on wheels, will be at the Belk in Sanford’s Riverbirch Plaza from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Women age 40 or older who have no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last year and who have a primary care physician are eligible to get a free screening. Call (855) 655-2662 to schedule an appointment.
• If your child had perfect attendance during the first nine weeks of school, Books at a Steal at 106 S. Steele St. in downtown Sanford is offering 50 cents off any one book, a lollipop and the child’s name displayed in the store. The deal goes through next Sunday.
• Paul A. Hackmann, the founder and CEO of Skill Creations, Inc. — a statewide group that helps people with disabilities and has a facility in Sanford at 1751 Hawkins Ave. — was recently given the Steve Jordan Lighthouse Award, for leadership and innovation, at the N.C. Providers Council Annual Conference in Greensboro.
• Business fluctuations: In the last week, two corporations formed in Lee County — Tienda La Jalisco and White Apple Fashions — and one, the John Gaston Martin Family Limited Partnership, was dissolved/withdrawn.
Have business news? Contact Will Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 718-1217.