For a long time Danielle McLamb has wanted to own her own business and when she believes she got a sign that she had made the right decision.

This month, North Carolina’s business climate and economy made national news once again with its recognition by Business Facilities as having the best business climate in the county. According to Business Facilities, a bi-monthly publication with a national audience, the state’s successful b…

At SAGA, we’re starting to do business travel again…are you? In September, we’ll attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago — IMTS 2022, for short. This gathering is the largest and longest-running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere and is held every other y…

Tuesday, July 5 will be my final day at the Sanford Area Growth Alliance. Since July of 2016, just shy of a full 6 years at SAGA, I have had the pleasure of serving in the role of Marketing and Research Manager. My decision to take part in an exciting opportunity elsewhere was met with mixed…

Central Carolina Community College graduate Neil Coggins has established the Fix-It Plumbing Scholarship Endowment at his alma mater. The scholarship will benefit students in the Industrial Systems or Building Construction Technologies programs.

Lee County residents and officials had a chance earlier this week to offer input on the future of passenger rail service coming to Sanford.

Each day at our office, I am reminded of the rich history our community has in terms of the railroad. With the Buggy Company Building positioned adjacent to the still very active rail lines in Sanford, the routine commotion of locomotives, providing transport of both goods and passengers, pr…

The U.S. will need one billion square feet of industrial space over the next five years to keep up with e-commerce demand — one billion! We’ve heard a lot about the future of the office, but the industrial market is experiencing a similar transformation in warehouse design and logistics.

Scammers are always looking for what’s new and popular to strike the unsuspecting. Cryptocurrency is no exception. Scammers prey on people’s unfamiliarity with and excitement about this new product to trick victims into making a poor financial decision in a variety of different ways. Here’s …

At its annual All Boards Meeting earlier this spring, SAGA’s leaders met with elected leaders and staff from across the community to discuss recent dramatic economic development successes which have yielded more than $1B in announced new capital investment and more than 1700 announced new we…

What, in your mind, is the first sign that summer is on its way? Is it the newly born tobacco plants now nestled in the sandy soil, destined to flourish under the scorching sun of the coming months? Or is it the celebration of a college graduate, now moving into their next stage of life?

Students at B.T. Bullock Elementary School and W.B. Wicker Elementary improved on their reading skills, bringing home local success.

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U.S. immigration law has become so inadequate that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reject up to 82% of the H-1B registrations. In contrast, Canada has no limit and many high-skill temporary visa applicants are approved within two weeks.

With last month’s announcement that Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) manufacture VinFast will be building its first North American production facility in Chatham County, it is nearly impossible to think about the impact that the $2 billion Phase I investment and 7,500 new jobs will have on L…

Since its inception in 2014, SAGA has been committed to the belief that prepared communities win. And “winning” can really be boiled down to one simple word:

SANFORD — Sixteen participants of the spring session of the Real Investment in Sanford Entrepreneurs program were awarded certificates March 28 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic and Conference Center.

Spring is around the corner, and our local farms, food businesses, and nurseries are gearing up for farmers’ markets around the state! This will be the 23rd season of the Sanford Farmers Market in Downtown Sanford.

Vocational rehabilitation is made up of a series of services that are designed to facilitate the entrance into or return to work by people with disabilities or by people who have recently acquired an injury or disability.

The Lee County Libraries has been awarded a $17,283 grant to be used for the purchasing of tablets for the LCL STEM Youth Initiative to serve community members in Lee County.

Of the many questions I receive as an economic developer from friends and neighbors, one that stands out today is what companies seek when determining where they will relocate or expand next.

In an effort to support diversity, equity and inclusion in our community, I am taking this opportunity to celebrate Black History Month with you as we learn the story of one local African American business owner.

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Central Carolina Community College and Lee County leaders got a first-hand look Tuesday at the facility that is being converted into a facility that will provide training in cutting-edge technologies.

In an effort to support diversity, equity and inclusion in our community, I am taking this opportunity to celebrate Black History Month with you as we learn the story of one of our local Black-owned businesses.

The results of a recent survey commissioned by GoDaddy and conducted by OnePoll of 2,000 Americans and what they want from small business going forward, shouldn’t surprise business owners. But if businesses have been thinking that some of the things they did for safety purposes can be phased…

Duke Energy awarded Hometown Revitalization grants to 30 communities across the state, totaling $750,000. This is part of their effort to offset the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.

If you’re like me — and almost everyone else in this country — the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit the mark or you didn’t. And …

Hospice. It can be a scary word. Okay, it is a scary word, and a scary thought. But receiving hospice services for someone who is nearing the end of their life can be a very rewarding experience for both the patient and the family. Hospice is about living, and hospice care providers can prom…