Business Resources

Face Coverings Signs for Businesses

Businesses and workplaces can download official county signage to post in prominent places, to help educate and inform residents and visitors about the face covering requirement here or linked below.








(Re)Open for Business  

Download the Re-Open for Business documentNew Hanover County Public Health is offering assistance and expertise to local restaurants, businesses, and organizations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

If you are a business owner or manager seeking help with individual processes and safety measures, you can contact the Coronavirus Call Center at 910-798-6800 to talk through your questions and get connected to more resources. If needed, our team can deploy to meet with restaurants or businesses on site (maintaining all protective measures) to talk through processes that facilitate cleanliness and physical distancing. 

Download the (Re)Open for Business PDF

Reopening & Safety Guidance

Business & Employer Resources

  • Financial Support for Small BusinessesInformation for small businesses about loans and other financial assistance available from state sources
  • Unemployment Insurance Information and frequently asked questions for employers related to COVID-19 and unemployment insurance
  • IT & CybersecurityResources and assistance from trusted state vendors, free and affordable internet service offerings, as well as cybersecurity tips for teleworking, video conferencing and avoiding phishing scams
  • More Business ResourcesFind out about supply chain, business counseling services and more from the N.C. Department of Commerce

The Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) is a central point for businesses to reach out in the event they need assistance. The BEOC also serves as a connection between the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and businesses that might have goods or services needed by the EOC to perform their duties. The BEOC was formed after Hurricane Florence with the hope that no businesses fall through the cracks during any future disasters in our area. 

The Wilmington Chamber is serving as the key partner with the county to set up the Business EOC. The dedicated phone number for the BEOC is 910-762-2611. The email address is 

Full-service restaurants may now apply for assistance through the Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief Program administered by the NC Department of Commerce. Restaurants can apply for up to four months of rent or mortgage interest capped at $20,000 per location, for up to two locations. Learn more at

Reopening & Safety Guidance

COVID-19 Relief Programs for Businesses & Nonprofits

New Hanover County launched a variety of financial aid and COVID-19 relief programs utilizing American Rescue Plan funds in response to the needs of our community. A $4.5 million grant program for businesses, established in collaboration with the city, and a $700,000 grant program for nonprofits, were established in the summer of 2021. Applications for both grant programs have now closed. In addition, New Hanover County provided $1.3 million in Small Business Grants through CARES Act funding in June 2020.

Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815
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