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Business

  • Heath Springs upping business-license fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs’ bargain-basement fees for business licenses are on the way out.

    Town council unanimously approved an eight-tiered classification system last week that sets a minimum fee ranging from $35 to $70 based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income. 

    The new fees take effect May 1, 2019.

  • Comporium donates $150,000 to greenway for STEM project

    From release

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway has received $150,000 from Comporium Communications to incorporate STEM-related education elements at the greenway’s proposed environmental center.

  • IL Fall Festival countdown begins

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    The Indian Land Fall Festival team marked its official kickoff for the November event at The Ivy Place in Van Wyck on Sept. 8. There are only 45 days left until the big event on Nov. 3-4.

    Nearly 150 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members, event planners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers enjoyed a dinner from Archie Boy’s BBQ under the big tent. Organizer Mike Neese thanked participants and gave them an overview for this year’s bigger plans. 

  • Distribution, manufacturing fuel Fort Lawn resurgence

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    A quiet revitalization is going on at the four former Springs Industries plants in Fort Lawn, led by Springs Creative CEO Derick Close.

    Close bought the Fort Lawn plants that his family used to own – Elliott, Frances, Leroy and Riverlawn – and has made them the components of Springsteen Logistics, a division of his Springs Creative Group.

  • Chamber drive nets 30 new members

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce bumped its membership up by almost 10 percent  in its annual membership  drive. 

    “We are excited to welcome 30 new members who have joined the chamber and partner with us to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO.

  • Chamber launches membership drive

    Business people packed The Craft Stand on Main Street on Wednesday to kick off the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership campaign.
    About 50 business owners and executives intermingled and struck up conversations over coffee at the morning gathering.
    “We represent all the businesses in the county, whether they invest in the organization or not,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re trying to make Lancaster County an economically better place for businesses to thrive.”

  • County government holding 1st job fair

    With Lancaster County’s low jobless rate and an influx of economic activity, employers are having a hard time filling many positions. 

    The county government is organizing its first-ever job fair for later this month to round up applicants for its own vacancies, which number about 20. 

  • Gilbert to become master in his field

    Some might rightfully say Jamie Gilbert has already become a “master practitioner” of economic development, but soon he could have a piece of paper certifying it.

    Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has been approved for a new and highly selective program for senior-level economic development leaders that should only burnish his skills, and potentially help the county accrue even more business investment in coming years. 

  • Charley’s Cafe shuts down, new owners going casual

    Charley’s Cafe and Catering – downtown Lancaster’s only fine-dining spot – is no more.
    Owner and head chef Ken Killingsworth, who opened the restaurant in 2000 at 306 S. Main St., served his last dish Saturday night, said his friend and fellow downtown business operator Don Geraghty, owner of The Craft Stand beer pub and a huge fan of Killingsworth’s crab cakes.

  • ‘Can’t wait to get inside’ Hobby Lobby

    The long-awaited shopping at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve has officially begun.

    At a little past 9 a.m. Monday morning, as more than 100 people waited patiently outside for an official ribbon-cutting to conclude, Hobby Lobby opened its doors to customers.

    It’s the first retailer to open in the mammoth 300,000- square-foot complex, located at the corner of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road, across from Carolina Commons shopping center and Sun City Carolina Lakes.