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.

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

CHAMBER CHAT: Clays championship coming soon

It's been three years since the Chamber hosted its first Clays Championship at Deep River Sporting Clays.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Chatham Park office marks project’s first physical presence in Pittsboro

The Chatham Park project, for which 7,000 acres are designated in Pittsboro and which could bring as many as 60,000 new residents to the town of 4,000, took a major step forward Wednesday with the opening of its downtown office on Hillsboro Street.

Oct. 10, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

THE WOMEN'S EXCHANGE: Local women discuss 'breaking barriers' in work and life

More than 80 local professional women gathered Thursday to discover how their peers are breaking barriers in the business world and how they can do the same in their own lives.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 09:31 PM

Open house features future of manufacturing

Through the use of a virtual reality helmet, students can learn how to weld, a 3-D printer can create a plastic keychain, and screws can be placed in the wall using nothing but air.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

THE WOMEN'S EXCHANGE: Conference to confer message of personal growth, empowerment

About 70 women from the Central Carolina region will meet, mingle, network and hear presentations from successful women in the workforce — in addition to building camaraderie and learning about “breaking barriers” — at a gathering for female professionals next week.

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 08:55 PM

A new facade