Jan. 05, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners will consider zero interest loan for business

Lee County Commissioners will consider a $150,000 zero interest loan to locate a business within the county after a public hearing Monday.

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

LOOKING BACK AT 2013: EDC, Chamber becoming one

For years, organizations, political entities and individuals have tried to push Lee County toward economic prosperity with varying degrees of success. In 2013, several groups rallied together to form one organization charged with the economic success of the area.

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Season is stressful for some

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but for many, this season is stressful.

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Fundraising under way for new CCCC program

Central Carolina Community College is expanding its course offerings, having recently opened a new health sciences building in Lillington and looking into new classes on operating machinery for hydraulic fracturing and other types of drilling.

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The Pirate’s Cove opens downtown

Avast, me hearties — there’s a new store in downtown Sanford, and they be callin’ themselves The Pirate’s Cove.

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 06:36 PM

Sanford shop owners hope for late Christmas shoppers

Anyone who still hasn't finished shopping for Christmas presents isn't alone, according to a survey by Consumer Reports.

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Local tree farmers take a bough

For two Lee County farmers, Christmastime isn’t just a holiday — it’s a way of life.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local small business loan advocate awarded, mortgage help available

A Pittsboro woman was given the Leadership Triangle Economic Development Award for her work aiding small businesses in the area this week at a ceremony in Durham.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

Painting the downtown

After months in the making, community leaders and members gathered Saturday to celebrate a cosmetic makeover in downtown.

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

LEE COUNTY: Commissioners to discuss place for new economic organization

The former Buggy Factory on Chatham Street may be put to new use, according to the Lee County Board of Commissioners' upcoming meeting agenda.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5: Planning Director acknowledges community’s assets, challenges

This week, we Take 5 with Bob Bridwell, the director of the Sanford/Lee County Planning & Development, on a variety of topics related to growth in Sanford and Lee County.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Chatham getting new health care services

Pittsboro has been in the news lately due to a massive, and controversial, mixed-use development on it borders called Chatham Park. At a recent public meeting on the development, one of the dozens of people who spoke out was Tommy Drake, a strong supporter.

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

SILER CITY: Farmers' Alliance marks milestone with festivities

This Saturday, one of the longest-operating businesses in the area is inviting guests to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a day of music, food, vintage cars and tractors, and other old-timey fun.

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Lee Brick emerges from Chapter 11

After nearly a year and a half in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Lee Brick and Tile has surfaced with its leaders happy to be moving on and its creditors repaid.

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Get baby sitting while shopping

The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce has a packed week coming up for locals, kicked off by newly elected Mayor Chet Mann at the chamber’s Public Policy Luncheon this Monday.

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Avent and Thomas owner announces end of business

One of Lee County's most established businesses is likely closing for good after this holiday season.

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Company in court, help with apps and more

A North Carolina company with four stores in Lee County is once again embroiled in a lawsuit alleging discrimination against female employees.

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: New lending program will help veterans

In the spirit of Veterans Day, much of this column last week focused on veterans. This week, there's one more thing to share: a new lending program designed to give veterans a leg up in starting a business of their own.

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

PARTNERSHIP FOR PROSPERITY: Name picked for Lee's new economic development entity

The county's new economic development organization — which will merge the Lee County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce — has officially been named.

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Hart Furniture Co. stopping wholesale business

Following the recent death of owner Harold Hart, Hart Furniture Co. in Siler City is shutting down its wholesale and distribution division, located at 420 East Third St. in Siler City, and holding a massive liquidation sale.

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Stakeholders learn details of Chamber, EDC merger

Local business leaders were able to learn more about a potential merger between the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and Lee County Economic Development Corporation Monday.

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Everybody's Business

Just in time for Veterans Day, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would expand a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans and turn it into a permanent benefit.

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Tax credits, veterans events, book sales and more

Just in time for Veterans Day, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would expand a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans and turn it into a permanent benefit.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Downtown ready for Holiday Open House

To kick off the holiday season, more than 30 downtown Sanford businesses are set to open their doors Sunday for the annual Downtown Sanford Holiday Open House.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

TAKE 5 Q&A: Affordable Care Act and its implications

Tom Snell, JD, is a Principal of the Raleigh office of Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), with offices in Raleigh, Durham and Sanford.