Expo, autos, seminars and (no) jobs

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

There’s a new auto service store in Sanford.

Integrated Automotive, located just off Lee Avenue at 3456 Cameron Dr., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment on Saturdays. Owner Eric Raymond said he can do just about any type of work on both domestic and foreign vehicles.

“I do everything,” he said. “Your general maintenance to your performance work. ... I strive for some of the best in the industry customer service as well.”

He said the one major thing he can’t do — at least not yet — is a state-required vehicle inspection because he doesn’t have the proper computer equipment. But other than that, he said, he’s up to just about any task. Anyone who wants to call ahead with a question or set up an appointment can reach him at (802) 349-9897.

In other news...

• Well that’s embarrassing: According to July jobs numbers released Monday, North Carolina now has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country (tied with Rhode Island) at 8.9 percent. Illinois and Nevada, both of which are well known for their many opportunities in careers the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t track — like drug dealers or mobsters — are the only states with higher unemployment. Even Michigan, the land of dying automakers and bankrupt government, has a lower unemployment rate than North Carolina.

• Harnett County expo: Applications are now being accepted for the Family Medical Supply Business Fest 2013, Dunn’s 22md Annual Business Expo. It will be from from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Dunn Community Building and Dr. P.K. Vyas Recreation Center. Cost to exhibit is $175 for Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce members, and $275 for everyone else, for an 8 ft. by 10 ft. booth. Outside spaces are also available at varying prices. For additional information, call the chamber at (910) 892-4113; applications are available at www.dunnchamber.com/newsletter.cfm. Deadline to register is Sept. 10.

• Real estate seminar: The 2013 Orange and Chatham Counties Development Briefing will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Carolina Club, 550 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill. There will be breakfast as well as information about the latest development trends, new economic development initiatives and the status of approved projects in Orange and Chatham counties. Tickets are $28 for members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Chatham Chamber chambers or the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors, $38 for non-members, and $300 for preferred seating. Registration is by phone at (919) 967-7075 or online at http://bit.ly/1dcBa92.

• Business fluctuations: In the last week, six new corporations formed in Lee County — Barron Hunter Enterprises, Contractor Management Services, On-Site Associates, On-Site Rentals, Precision Coding and Consulting, and Ramirez Lawncare — and two withdrew or dissolved. They were A Stitch Above Embroidery and TOBY Inc., which was registered to Toby Morrison, who owned The Design Studio downtown. Although they were officially listed this week by the state, both businesses actually shut down several months ago.

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