Several outlets for small businesses to receive help

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Calling all entreprenuers with a hard time finding money: The Support Center, a Raleigh-based Community Development Financial Institution, has received a $1.5 million low-cost loan from PNC Bank to help underserved small businesses across the state grow and create jobs.

The Support Center, through a federal guarantee loan program, can provide loans of up to $250,000 to small businesses which have difficulty meeting the criteria for traditional loans. Since the launch of its lending program in 2010, The Support Center has invested more than $6 million in nearly 80 small businesses across North Carolina.

To learn more about other small business lending programs offered by The Support Center, visit

In other news...

• More small business help: The Chatham County Economic Development Corporation and EntreDot are hosting a free meet-and-greet for entrepreneurs and small business owners from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. EntreDot will present on innovative approaches to entrepreneurship. For more information, call the EDC at (919) 542-8274.

• Auto award: Suzuki of Sanford, located at 3128 S. Horner Blvd., was recently given named a Suzuki Super Service Award winner. Criteria for the award include showing a demonstration to quick and convenient service and having one of the top customer service scores in Suzuki’s entire dealer network.

• Get free yogurt, karma: A week from today, the first 300 people to visit a sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt — including the one in Sanford’s Southside Plaza — can enter for a chance to win 100 free cups of yogurt. It’s part of a larger event, which will last from Monday until next Sunday, in which the company is collecting food to donate to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. People can donate at the local store or learn more about the cause at Also, people who want to donate food for purely local charities can do so on Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford, in The Great Grocery Can-Paign sponsored by The Herald and the United Way of Lee County.

• Change-up: The Sanford agency previously known as On-Site Realty is now an independently owned and operated franchise with Weichert Real Estate Affiliates. It will now be called Weichert Realtors — On-Site Associates. Serving western Harnett County and beyond, the sales team specializes in all residential real estate, including military relocation for clients in and out of both Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield. Lead broker Melissa McHarney can be reached at (919) 498-1278.

Business fluctuations: In the last week, three corporations formed in Lee County — American Treats, Johnson Tool Supply and Rogue Alpha Rush — and one corporation, Tom Smith Trade in Center, was dissolved.

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