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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.

Because of the impact of COVID-19, grocery stores in Sanford and Lee County have been overrun with shoppers who’ve picked the shelves clean.

Lee County and Sanford officials have agreed on an incentive package in their efforts to recruit Project Jupiter, a gene therapy company, to Central Carolina Enterprise Park.

For 20 years, the Chamber of Commerce has honored an individual or organization for significant contributions to the success of other businesses in our community by presenting a Business Advocate of the Year Award.

The Caterpillar Apprenticeship Training in Welding Program, which started in 2012, provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors in Lee County to combine work and study.

It’s getting closer and closer — time to get your Real ID. The deadline is Oct. 1 and without it, you may not be able to fly commercially or enter military bases, federal facilities to include courthouses and prisons, or nuclear power plants.

Grants are available to nonprofit and government entities that assist working-age adults facing barriers when looking for work.

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The roughly 240 employees of a Sanford-based manufacturing company who learned they were being laid off Wednesday have until Dec. 13 to find new employment.

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Some 240 employees of a Sanford-based manufacturing company are being laid off, according to an announcement released Wednesday — the same day workers learned the news."Static Control has announced its plan to streamline operations to best focus resources on sales, distribution, research and…

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Located at 310 McNeill Road, Sanford's Bear Creek Arsenal manufactures firearm parts and assemblies to sell to dealers.

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MONCURE — With cooler weather on the horizon, East Coast Firewood is prepping for its busiest time of year, according to Jason Hoyle, vice president of operations for Hunt Forest Resources. 

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When Addie Mejia’s grandmother died in 2014, the Sanford student was left with an abundance of art supplies and jewelry findings.

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After a slight setback that delayed the start of school, Ascend Leadership Academy began its inaugural year when classes started Wednesday.

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Speaking by phone Thursday from her vacation in Pittsburgh, Lisbeth Carolina Arias summed up the past year in one word: “Emotional.”