A coordinator for the future downtown Sanford Farmers’ Market needs to be in place by Oct. 1, the Lee County commissioners were told Monday night.

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Each year at the Chamber Annual Membership Banquet, a representative from Duke Energy presents the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which recognizes someone that has made a noteworthy contribution to the community above and beyond the norm.

According to a press release from Central Carolina Community College, The Triangle South Workforce Development Board (TSWDB) is accepting applications for its T3 (Training Today’s Teams) Grant for Incumbent Workers.

Sanford — Mid Carolina Gastroenterology currently, a satellite office of Pinehurst Medical Clinic, announced recently the office will have a new name, Pinehurst Medical Clinic Gastroenterology — Sanford.

The modern workplace is comprised of people from multiple generations, backgrounds, and creeds. And while most professionals are focused on creating the best solutions for their organizations and customers, differences of options can cause conflict. A lack of focus on effective conflict mana…

Abzena, a San Diego-based life sciences group, will open a new facility in the Central Carolina Enterprise Park, Gov. Roy Cooper and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance announced Tuesday.

Sandra Roseman, CISR-Elite, of First Bank Insurance Services, Inc. was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Jeanette Byrnes, CIC of First Bank Insurance Services, Inc. was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Scott Edwards, founder and CEO of Broader Exposure and I recently chatted about the consulting business he started after his retirement. Broader Exposure’s home base is in Chatham County, but we’re pleased that he is a member of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, and I enjoyed his perspec…

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Mertek Solutions Inc. has been selected for the Triangle South Workforce Development Board’s 2020 Outstanding Local Area Business/Employer Award. “TSWDB is responsible for planning, policy guidance, and oversight of the workforce investment system in Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Sampson counti…

Productivity is always a big push at the beginning of the year. Everyone wants to do more with less — less money, less time, and fewer resources. Today, I will share with you four ways to structure your day for greater success in achieving your goals. The one that best works for you is a per…

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Last week, Business Facilities magazine recognized North Carolina as the “2020 State of the Year.” Business Facilities is a national publication that has been a leading source of industry insights for corporate site selectors and economic development professionals for more than 50 years. The…

Two of the four economic development projects officials were trying to lure to Sanford and Lee County have chosen other locations.

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Some may question whether there has been enough federal and state assistance for small businesses during the pandemic. But there has been some assistance, including the Economic Injury Disaster Grant and Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, a free, volunteer-based tax preparation service to assist with the filing of 2020 tax returns, will be available, with coronavirus safety measures in mind, at the Lee County Enrichment Center beginning Monday.

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“Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead and most say they need further government assistance to weather the storm” according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index. They also see a somewhat improving national economy — but one …

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I hope you each had a wonderful Christmas! My Christmas, and probably yours, was a little different this year. We had a much smaller gathering, and fewer gatherings all together. But I was able to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the ones so very near to me — my husband and my four boys.

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Michael Smith is leaving the Sanford Area Growth Alliance next month for a position in Chatham County, he said Wednesday.

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We are always looking for new ways to assist our existing businesses. Recently, our office saw the success of an innovative program in another part of North Carolina and decided to learn more.

Small businesses are everywhere you look. Just meander down Steele Street in downtown Sanford and you’ll find women’s boutiques, restaurants and gift shops. But don’t forget too, that small businesses exist all around Lee County. Let’s think about Tramway for example. Floral Designs by Eddie…

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Marelli, formerly Magneti Marelli, confirmed they are closing their Sanford plant and moving production to Mexico.

The chill is in the air, which means it’s time for the Chamber Clays Championship. What started about 10 years ago as an alternative to a golf tournament fundraiser for the chamber, has turned into a highly anticipated annual event for both shooting enthusiasts and novices alike.

RALEIGH — Dennis A. Wicker, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Raleigh office, is among the 214 Nelson Mullins attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.

RALEIGH — The NC Chamber launched a statewide, public-driven online contest recently seeking the “Coolest Thing Made in NC” to celebrate North Carolina’s cutting-edge manufacturing industry, which generates more than 18% of the gross state product and employs more than 10% of the state’s workforce.

Federal grant money totaling $300,000 will go to help local businesses that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lee County Board of Commissioners decided Monday.

A California-based textile manufacturer is coming to Lee County, bringing 160 jobs and an investment of $2 million, the Sanford Area Growth Alliance announced Wednesday.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in losses of revenue for many businesses, but it hasn’t stopped efforts to bring new industries to Lee County.

Lee County and Sanford businesses that were closed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic will open their doors today as the state enters the stage of reopening.

At the April 16 Triangle South Workforce Development Board meeting, Dr. Marcie Dishman, associate vice president of marketing and external relations for Central Carolina Community College, provided a report on various programs and projects the college is doing for their students during this …

Is it too early to begin looking forward? I say it’s not. Just one way we can look forward is through participation in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Are you a small business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Sanford Area Growth Alliance-Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Kelly Klug, and SAGA Existing Industry Manager, Jimmy Randolph, developed a guide to help you prepare for applying for the loan.