Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Chamber already has full calendar for 2015

First things first — grab your calendar, whether it’s a paper planner like I use or the one on your phone or whatever system you use to remember important dates.

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: The jobs are out there — and more are coming

More good news this week: An increase in the number of people with jobs and a decrease in the number of unemployed in December provided the best year for the U.S. labor market since 1999.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

CITY OF SANFORD: Councilman questions appointments to Partnership for Prosperity Board

One member of the Sanford City Council took issue with the appointment of two elected officials to the board of directors of the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity during the council's meeting Tuesday night.

Jan. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

TOP STORIES OF 2014: 'In 2014, we've arrived'

Several local businesses sustained a blow from a natural disaster in 2011, but over the ensuing months, the city witnessed a rebound.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 04:54 AM

Unemployment rate decreased in Lee County in November

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 72 of North Carolina’s counties in November, including Lee, while increasing in 20 and remaining unchanged in eight, according to data released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce — Division of Employment Security.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

SLCPP ready for official launch

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity will officially become a new Lee County organization in January and will utilize an improving nationwide manufacturing industry to expand existing businesses and attract new business to the county.

Dec. 28, 2014 @ 04:55 AM

Chamber Chat: A miraculous turnaround for American manufacturers

“As General Motors goes, so goes the country.”

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Local shopping increases this holiday season

As Lee County residents and visitors from neighboring counties hit the retailers in downtown Sanford Saturday for the after-Christmas sales, store owners remarked on the increased holiday sales compared to last year – the result of an improving economy and more people shopping locally.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

‘It breaks my heart’

When The Pantry moved its headquarters from Sanford to Cary in 2009, Ernestine Bridges felt like she was losing a friend that had been a local presence since 1967.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Last-minute local gifts for less than $50

With Christmas only a day away, panicked shoppers can find some unique last-minute Christmas gifts for less than $50 in Sanford at several downtown businesses.

Dec. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber chat: Economic outlook gives reason for optimism

Financial reports continue to come in for 2014 along with forecasts for 2015. Last week, Dr. John Connaughton, who teaches at UNC Charlotte’s Belk Business School, issued his forecast for year-end 2014 and next year.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Desco: ‘No plans to change’ 3M employees

Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M’s sale of its Static Control division to Desco Industries will not affect the 150 employees at the Sanford site on J R Industrial Drive, according to a Desco spokesman.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

More stores, restaurants confirmed in retail center

Sanford residents will be able to shop and eat at more than 10 new stores and restaurants, including Buffalo Wild Wings, next year when they open their doors at the Shops at Cameron Place shopping center.

Dec. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Social media trends: privacy issues, integration likely to grow in 2015

This is the time of year when business publications produce articles about trends for the coming year. In a recent article for the Financial Post, a Canadian business news publication, Ryan Holmes names five trends in social media for 2015. These trends looked especially interesting for merchants.

Dec. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Zoning amendment clears way for four solar farms

The Sanford City Council recently approved the rezoning of about 200 acres of land to allow for the development of solar farms. The move paves the way for two companies to begin building four farms set to be completed by the end of 2015.

Nov. 30, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Playing big role in Sanford

While “Black Friday” may conjure images of stampeding shoppers fighting for the best bargain, Small Business Saturday is all about communities coming together to support local retailers.

Nov. 27, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Some retailers kick off the Christmas season as early as Thanksgiving Day

Potatoes are yet to be mashed and turkeys aren't even in the oven yet, and already some stores are preparing to get a jump on the Christmas shopping season this evening.

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

New member appointed to CCCC board

In their final meeting before the swearing in of two new members on Monday, the Lee County Board of Commissioners made one final appointment Tuesday, naming Bruce Ledford to the Central Carolina Community College’s Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Let's keep holiday spending local

Early and unseasonably cold weather certainly has made it feel like winter, although it's still hard to believe the Christmas shopping season is upon us.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Womack one of two tapped for Prosperity board

The Lee County Board of Commissioners, in the group’s last meeting before Democrats have a majority in December, voted to fill vacancies on various local boards — which included appointing an outgoing commissioner to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:05 AM

Chamber Chat: Workforce readiness matters

When we visit employers, we hear almost the same story from every one of them: “We have jobs available, we just can’t find the people with the right skills.”

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:04 AM


As the owner of Eleven Bar East Ranch, Robert Helms holds events at his ranch which attract visitors from across the country to Lee County.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

SANFORD-LEE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Board to get new appointments in commissioner meeting

Three members will be appointed to the Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity board at Monday's Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting with outgoing Commissioner Jim Womack as one of the names in the hat.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Mind your Business: Put economic growth first

Dr. Randall Parker, East Carolina University economics professor, spoke about the importance of economic growth during his presentation at the recent Free Market Lecture Series sponsored by the Business Technologies Department at Central Carolina Community College.

Nov. 09, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Our community has tradition of investing wisely

Election Day was, I'm sure, a relief for many. In a flurry of activity those final days, candidates worked diligently to explain their positions and ask for votes.