Hurricane Florence Assistance for Businesses
For those businesses that sustained damage during Hurricane Florence, there are resources available to help you recover and get back to business:
Businesses in New Hanover and the surrounding counties are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Learn more:
Disaster Help Desk for Business
Get help navigating the recovery process:
NC Small Business & Technology Development Center: Recovery Resources
Recovery strategies, access to capital, counseling assistance to businesses seeking federal disaster recovery loans.
U.S. Chamber Foundation: Small Business Recovery Guide
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has put together a step-by-step small business recovery guide, which includes numerous links and suggestions for a variety of scenarios.
Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance
This federal website allows you to apply for more than 70 forms of disaster assistance from 17 federal agencies.
National Flood Insurance Program
What to do after the flood.
Local Emergency Management Agencies
Regional updates on the recovery process.
With the state’s largest National Register Historic District, Wilmington has a keen sense of tradition and preservation, as well as a need to push beyond the conventional. The city leverages this balance to build the Wilmington business community and attract global corporations like GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Verizon Wireless, PPD, GE Aviation, and Corning. Companies large and small fall in love with the historic charm, quality of life, big-city amenities and skilled workforce.
But don’t take our word for it, or anyone else’s. Experience life filled with balance and vibrancy, whether your passion is kayaking, antiquing in a refurbished cotton market, golfing on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, sailing the Atlantic, or simply scouting a site for your business that your employees will love.
Wilmington’s diverse, balanced economy, includes strong pockets of tourism, film making, pharmaceuticals and related industries, financial, retail, construction, service, education and government. To fuel the growing need for skilled workers, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s flagship initiative, Cape Fear Future, seeks to further develop the area’s knowledge sector economy to promote economic development and ensure the future prosperity of the region.
Cape Fear Future has three main focus areas:
- Quality of life
- Education/workforce development
We’re not just partial to Wilmington because we’re lucky enough to live here. In 2014, Wilmington was voted “America’s Best Riverfront” by USA Today and was ranked #5 on Forbes list of America’s Smartest Cities. In 2011, Outside Magazine named Wilmington “One of the Best Towns” and declared the area to be “The Next Big Thing.” Bloomberg Business Week ranked Wilmington “The #7 Most Fun, Affordable City.” Forbes rated the area one of the 15 best in the country for business and careers. And the accolades just keep coming… one of the 100 Best Arts Towns… Best Places to Launch a Business… Top 10 Recreation Cities.
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce works every day to strengthen the regional economy and enhance quality of life in the community by harnessing the collective vision and power of local business…so we can keep the accolades coming.