May. 24, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber Chat: Looking towards the future

Marketing guru Seth Godin wrote an entire book about what he calls “tribes” — a group of people connected to one another with a shared idea and a leader.

May. 22, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Shop services, extricates on tight timeline

It’s early Thursday morning, and after an employee left on a tow truck call, T.J. Kellam began work on a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado.

May. 21, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Sanford Area Growth Alliance launches new website

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance has announced the official launch of its website for public use.

May. 17, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: Uncle P's is a dream in the making

One day while driving down South Horner Boulevard, Homer Anderson spotted a “For Rent” sign up at 701 S. Horner Blvd.

May. 17, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: It pays to be a Chamber member

We get the same telephone call many times a month: “How much does it cost to join the Chamber?” My response is usually, “It depends — on the effort you are willing to make.”

May. 16, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Caterpillar apprentices gain valuable industry skills

For the high school seniors graduating from the Caterpillar Youth Apprenticeship Program this week, the certificates they received were nothing compared to the skills they had gained over the past two-and-a-half years

May. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

‘It’s like a ghost place’

“Empty seats everywhere.”

May. 10, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Banquet highlighted achievement, chamber benefits

Our Small Business Banquet, held last Thursday, was a big success.

May. 10, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Everybody's Business: Shopping at Sanford 2nd Sunday for Mother’s Day

Looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift or just a relaxing Sunday afternoon activity for you and your family? Sanford 2nd Sunday, a downtown Sanford street fair, will be held today from noon to 4 p.m.

May. 09, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Small Business Banquet honors local standouts

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce honored three Sanford residents and veteran newscaster Larry Stogner during its 26th annual Small Business Banquet Thursday.

May. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chinese company buys Static Control

An official from Static Control Components, the Sanford-based manufacturing company that announced a merger with Chinese manufacturer Apex Microelectronics Thursday

May. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

SAGA CEO resigns after 10 months

Sanford Area Growth Alliance CEO Rodger Sauls has resigned from the fledgling organization after just 10 months on the job amid concerns about the effectiveness of the organization and the pace of its progress.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber chat: They profit most who serve best

On Thursday of this past week, I traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, to a Rotary district convention.

May. 03, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Everybody's business: ‘We’re small, but we pack a big punch’

With cars lined up at the window every day, many Sanford residents already are getting a taste of Sanford’s newest specialty coffee location, Roasted and Toasted, at 3078 S. Horner Blvd.

May. 02, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Infusing new energy

Lori Allerton, owner of Stoneworks, began repurposing granite, quartz and metal into furniture and other household items when her home in Salisbury was being built.

Apr. 26, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Becoming our best selves

This past Friday, LCI, formerly known as Lee County Industries Inc., held a breakfast at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to bring together friends and supporters of the organization.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 07:45 PM

Everybody's Business: The Smoke and Barrel set to open within two weeks

The Smoke and Barrel is expected to open its doors within the next two weeks at 120 S. Steele St. as Sanford’s newest “neighborhood bar,” featuring live music, craft beers and daily specials.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Petco holds grand opening celebration

Petco, the newest addition to Shops at Cameron Place, located at the 3000 block of South Horner Boulevard, opened its doors this week with dogs, deals and dozens of perks.

Apr. 19, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Consumer sentiment is a valuable economic metric

I was listening to a report this week about consumer sentiment. The reporter, Stacy Smith, related a famous anecdote from 1978

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Local businesses showcased in inspiration board

Local wedding coordinator and event planner Phyllis Dee Holt-Phillips is encouraging residents to “think local first”

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber chat: Benefits abound from chamber membership

One of the most important tasks for business owners is budgeting.

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Different look, same values

After King Since 1895, one of Sanford’s oldest businesses, merged with Aire Serv of The Sandhills heating and air conditioning company earlier this year, former employees and local residents

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Startup businesses highlight boons of entrepreneurial spirit

Ann Blakely loves nothing more than the hum of Common Threads’ 14 looms being put to work by the nonprofit’s volunteers.

Apr. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford natives open kayaking business

Sanford natives Chad Spivey and Donnie Hall kicked off their new kayaking business this week by taking the first tour group of the spring out on the Deep River.