EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Here’s a deal that’ll help Lee JobReady

Oct. 20, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

A $5 donation can now earn you more than $5 in deals on clothing, jewelry, accessories and more.

For every $5 that people donate to the Lee County JobReady Partnership Council, they’ll receive a $5 coupon that can be used at any Belk department store on Nov. 9 — plus special deals and, for the first 100 people in the store that day, a gift card worth as much as $1,000. The sale lasts from 6-10 a.m.

Tickets can be bought anytime by emailing info@leecountyjobready.org and including your name, mailing address and how many tickets you’d like. Tickets can also be purchased at Belk starting Nov. 3.

Lee County JobReady is a collaboration between Lee County Schools, Central Carolina Community College and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation that supports career and technical education in middle and high schools, as well as getting those students jobs or more education.

In other news...

• One of the most frequent complaints out of the western Harnett area has been the lack of retail and restaurants to match the booming population. Well, it appears Wendy’s listened up: A new locale of the fast-food restaurant will open in Spout Springs this week, at 1448 N.C. Highway 24/87.

• Liked the pork at the State Fair? This year’s upcoming festivities might be your last opportunity to get some, at least from the popular Pork Chop Shop — it will be closing after this year’s fair (which is going on now in Raleigh), although organizers said they want to come back in the future, just in a different format.

• Recently, several local businesses have held customer appreciation events. Toyota-Scion of Sanford, Sanford Contractors and Wilkinson Cadillac-Chevrolet-Buick-GMC are just a few who have had such events — so people, keep looking out for other opportunities.

• Sharon Decker, the N.C. Secretary of Commerce, has been loving this area lately. She spoke earlier this month in Sanford at the Central Carolina Women’s Conference, and this Friday she’s headlining the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation’s annual Opportunity Chatham meeting. The event, which is $35 in advance or $40 at the door for breakfast and speakers, will last from 8-10 a.m. at The Barn at Fearrington. There’s also a coffee and networking session from 7:30-8 a.m.

• Siler City is going through a lot of changes right now. According to The Chatham News, local furniture magnate Harold Hart has died at age 71; the city is looking to increase pedestrian safety downtown by lowering speed limits, installing more crosswalks and making it harder for drivers to hit all the lights; and finally, all of the remaining assets of Omtron/Townsends — the chicken plant whose 2011 closing decimated the local economy — have been auctioned off, bringing the company’s rocky Chatham County history to a close.

• Business fluctuations: In the past week-plus, five new corporations formed in Lee County — Focus Total Fitness, God’s Blessing, It’s Healing House Ministries, R&R Getaways and Semper Fi Financial — and two companies were dissolved: Mojorose and W.M. Arnold Company.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.