The Sanford Area Growth Alliance (SAGA) held its seventh Annual Meeting on Sept. 30 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center. During the event, SAGA provided Economic Development Awards to recognize companies and an individual for their contribution to the growth of Sanford-Lee County.

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and Walter Ferguson wants people to stop and think about it.

This week marked the start of the 22nd year of Leadership Sanford. This Chamber of Commerce program exists to create a diverse, continuous supply of creative leaders to our community by developing participants knowledge of our region, and providing then the opportunity for meaningful action.

Small businesses are anything but small. They are where we go for takeout and date night, and where we buy our gifts for loved ones. Think Davisons Steaks and Ted’s Flower Basket. They employ our friends, family members and neighbors. They are responsible for the character of our community, …

SANFORD — Dogwood State Bank, a North Carolina state-chartered community bank headquartered in Raleigh, recently opened its newest location in Sanford, N.C.

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Important conversations are happening right now at all levels of government. It’s time to remind our elected officials that issues in rural communities such as ours are important. Issues like small business development, broadband access, healthcare coverage, and affordable housing.

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The Lee County commissioners and the Sanford City Council have scheduled separate public hearings in September on providing incentives for a project that could bring $18 million in net taxable investment to this area.

These days a lot of people are considering business ownership. Whether you buy into a franchise, lease some space and start your own thing, or log onto the internet and begin building an e-commerce website, doing it on your own has never been more alluring. But just because you have an incre…

Do you ever find yourself wandering in San-Lee Nature Park, just a five-minute drive from downtown Sanford, thinking about how lucky we are to have such easy access to hiking and biking? Or perhaps considered the preservation of a place like White Pines Nature Preserve and its impact on our …

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.