Mar. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Comfort First Heating and Cooling to build new service center

After purchasing a commercial lot at the corner of Lark Lane and U.S. 1, Comfort First Heating and Cooling plans to build a new service complex and move in by year's end – signaling the growth of the Sanford business and new life for commercial lot sales.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Volatile weather influences spending patterns

In like a lion and out like a lamb — is there any truth to this saying? Some weather sayings are based on years of observation and turn out to be accurate; others are simply rhymes from people I used to call “old folks.” Now, I am one.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

Owner of Dossenbach's Finer Furniture retires after 52 years

Among all the awards and achievements hanging on his office walls, Alan Dossenbach, the owner of Dossenbach's Finer Furniture and Mattress Center, has a needlepoint-style plaque hanging up that reads “Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation.”

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

N.C. manufacturing industry shows signs of life

After the reveal of the new Sanford Area Growth Alliance and its logo this week, local business leaders and officials discussed how to further economic development on the back of the improving manufacturing industry.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Organization unveils new name, logo

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity now will be known as the Sanford Area Growth Alliance — with a new logo to signal this change — in a bid to draw new business activity to the area in the coming years.

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Chamber has full plate of events, priorities

Next Tuesday evening (March 3) at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, the Chamber will hold its Annual Banquet and Fundraiser. Our speaker is Rick Kaglic, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank Richmond branch.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Economic impact study shows value of CCCC

Central Carolina Community College and its students added $229.4 million in income to the college's service area economy in fiscal year 2012-13, according to data from a new statewide economic impact study.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Let’s make this a better year

There were more clues this week that 2015 will be a much better year for small businesses on Main Street.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Storm puts freeze on local businesses

Snow and ice storms earlier this week left many local businesses shuttered on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the shop owners and restaurateurs of downtown Sanford felt the effects of potential customers choosing to stay indoors.

Feb. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Signs point to improvement

Here are some odds and ends from the business world over the past two weeks. Signs continue to point toward an improving state economy.

Feb. 13, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

2015 Best of Lee County voting is underway

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Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Economic numbers give much reason for optimism

Economists have had a very busy week. The January jobs report released on Friday was so good, they were all busy trying to figure out what it means.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Five ways to make your employees love their jobs

During February, not even the workplace is immune to the hearts, chocolates, and flowers associated with Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Changing demographics call for new marketing approaches

As we mentioned last week, the marketplace is changing. Millennials — anyone born in the U.S. between the early 1980s to the early 2000s — are the new majority shaping the American economy.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Federal Reserve guest to keynote annual membership banquet

A guest speaker with extensive expertise will give an economic forecast during the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Banquet and Fundraiser, set for March 3.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: It's a millennial world

As a baby boomer, my generation has ruled the world for decades — until this week.

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:05 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart report good holiday seasons

While J.C. Penney recently announced the company would close approximately 40 stores across the country this year, the Sanford store escaped the cut, and local residents say many Sanford stores, including J.C. Penney, saw an increase in Christmas sales this year.

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.”