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.”

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.