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March 18, 2020

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce - "Delivering Business Opportunities".  This page has information for your business as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.   We have also posted some articles on our blog

The federal government has issued guidelines for "Opening Up America Again".   Click here to read the 20 page plan.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued the following information to assist business owners navigate the many issues with the COVID-19 pandemic.   The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items as you see fit:

CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief Economic Security) ACT INFO:  Read Text of the Bill Here.(880 pages)   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provided a summary of the bill - Click Here.

Unemployment Information - NCWorks has provided us this information as it relates to unemployment payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act -New requirements of employers as they relate to paid family or medical leave. Click Here for repost of U.S. Department of Labor Information. 

Resources for Small Business -
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Emails- The Chamber has been communicating vital information to its members thru email.  For those businesses not a member we have listed links to the past emails.
     Phase 2.5, OKI Opening & October Connections Starts In Person
    Chamber News September 2020
    Southport Extends Restrictions, OKI Storm Update & Marketing Opp
    Covid Related Grant & Isaias Info
    Chamber News, August 2020
    NC Continues Phase II Three More Weeks
    Chamber News July 2020
    NC Safer at Home Continues to July 17th
    Business COVID-19 Support June 23rd
    Southport Requires Face Coverings
    Chamber News - June 2020
    NC 4th of July Festival Goes Virtual
    ThisWeek St James Offer, Promise and More
    Southport-Oak Island Promise Info
    Week of May 18th COVID-19 News & Opportunities
    Planning for Phase 1 Beginning at 5pm on May 8th
    Planning Guides, OSHA Requirements & Marketing Template
    Let Officials Know What Steps You Are Taking
    Go Local Shop Small & Take Out Tic Tac Toe Game
    Small Business For All Grants & SBA Webinar Info  
    Phased Opening & Your Plan
    LISC Rapid Recovery Grant Funds   
    Support Business Games & Lists
    Business News (4/22/20)

    Path Forward for Business
    Exemption as Essential Business
    Save Small Business Grants
    Online Meeting Logins 
    NC 4th of July Festival Cancelled
    Congressman Rouzer & U.S. Chamber Webinar
    Paycheck Protection Program (3/27/20)
    April 2020 Chamber News
    Business News (3/27/20) Volume 2
    Business News (3/27/20- Volume 1  
    Business News (3/25/20)
    Business News (3/23/20)
    Business News (3/18/20)
    Updated Chamber Events

Count On Me NC - As North Carolina's restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops reopen, Count On Me NC is a public health initative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

Student Response Corps - The NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps initiative is part of Governor Cooper’s NC Job Ready effort to make sure North Carolinians are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The program helps strengthen the public service talent pipeline and prepares North Carolina’s students for employment, matching North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits seeking additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts. Request an Intern Here.

BCC Small Business Center - 2045 Enterprise Boulevard, Leland, 28451
(910) 755-7306
Small Business Centers provide local, experienced counselors as advisors for new & existing businesses. Available on an as needed basis, this confidential service acts as a sounding board for new ideas and/or concerns you may have about your business. Check out their website for a webinar schedule.

Small Business Technology Development Center @UNCW – 803-A S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 962-3744.
Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of our services are free of charge, and all are confidential. Has a wealth of resources and you will have access to free business counseling. Including: Checklist for Managing In Times of Financial Difficulty

SCORE Cape Fear – 4010 Oleander Drive, Suite 6 Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 452-5395. 
SCORE mentors existing and emerging businesses by providing FREE and confidential advice, consultation and education from experienced business experts. Check out their website for a webinar schedule. Wilmington Location Office Hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am-3pm.  Brunswick County representatives can meet you locally including at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Brunswick County has compiled a list of resources for your small business  Click Here for the website.

Frank Williams, Pioneer Strategies has compiled a number of resources to help businesses deal with the COVID-19 crisis including a Facebook Group for Southeastern NC Business Leaders.  They will keep this page updated as new resources are identified.  The link to the group is there as well.

The North Carolina Chamber Resource Guide - Click Here.

Trisha Howarth, President of the NC Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA) shared these these resources as published by Smith Anderson, their lobby firm for the business community. Click Here for Website.

SBA Disaster Loan Information
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working captial to North Carolina small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, agricultural businesses and most private non-profits suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).- Fact Sheet  Do you quality? Click Here for Info.   More information here.

Golden LEAF Foundation - On March 23, 2020, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors approved $15 million in funding to launch the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program, managed by the NC Rural Center. On May 4th, a bi-partisan effort by the NC General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor appropriated $125 million into the Rapid Recovery Loan Program. The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program will make loans to eligible businesses for up to $50,000 with zero interest and no payments for six months. If not repaid in six months, the loan will automatically convert to a term loan. Click Here to Apply.

LISC's Rapid Relief & Recovery Fund programs. This fund has numerous rounds. You must apply each week . LISC has a ranking of 89.97 (out of 100) with Charity Navigator, an organization that is the nation's most utilized evaluator of charities. LISC has been around since 1979, started by executives from the Ford Foundation. They provide grants, loans and equity investments along with relationships and expertise to help community organization attract the resources they need to do their best work. During this COVID 19 crisis, they are offering assistance to small businesses in the form of Small Business Relief Grants. Before clicking to apply:

  • Businesses should be sure their submission is accurate and complete as no changes are allowed once submitted. 
  • Grants are being offered in weekly "rounds" and they must reapply for each round. Good idea to save your answers in a separate document to ease the process of reapplying each week. 
  • Users will receive a confirmation screen if their submission was received, but that does not guarantee a grant will be given.  
  • All initial communications about the grant and your acceptance will be done via email so it is important to keep a close eye on your email and check your spam folders.

This is the information from our inquiry: Thank you for your interest in the  Small Business Relief Grants   which are part of LISC’s Rapid Relief & Recovery Fund programs to help business with immediate financial impact due to the pandemic. Before completing the application, we recommend you review our Grant Information Overview and FAQ,  which can be found here .

MBE Capital Partners -
information comes from the BCC Small Business Center.  Magic Johnson made a $100 million dollar donation to support minority and women owned businesses through PPP loans.

Hello Alice COVID-19 Business For All Emergency Grants - Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Join leaders such as Gwyneth Paltro, Kristen bell, Lisa Price, Armando Christian "Pitbull" Perez, and Jeff Hoffman to empower every American with an Entrepreneurial spirit.

Here for Good NC - Thank you to Felicia Sexton, Legal Shield for this information about The Trophy Case's HereforGoodNC fund for small businesses. This business is selling t-shirts but supporting local North Carolina Businesses with part of the proceeds. For every t-shirt sold at -$10 from each purchase is donated to the small business of the person's choice! Are you a business that needs some much needed income? Signup at

Lawyers for Good Government - At the start of the Covid shutdown, a group of North Carolina lawyers created a service to provide legal counsel to companies with less than 25 employees.  For companies with less than 25 employees, and who have a Covid-related question, they offer 45 minutes of free legal advice for which there is no limit, although one is unlikely to get the same lawyer. All lawyers are members of the bar in North Carolina. Accessing this service is easy: go to the website:  Issues that they say they are prepared to address include:   Federal regulations under Care/PPL/Eidl, Commercial leases, Employment law, Insurance, Bankruptcy, Record Keeping, Contract Enforcement, Tax, Liability (on reopening) and Recovery Deposits.

Unfinished Business by Hennessy - BCC Small Business Center shared this information.  Hennessy is launching Unfinished Business, a new program that will provide urgent funding and access to vital resources for the small business owners who bind our communities together. Deadline for application is July 1st.  The program will provide immediate relief and long-term support to Black, Asian, and Latinx small business small business owners.

FREE Marketing Opportunities -

USA Today has FREE list of local businesses who are able to sell gift cards online. Thank you to the Star News for sharing this link. We spoke to Ken at Hippie Chick Granola and he is really happy they did this and said it didn't cost them anything. FREE is GOOD! Sign up your business today! Click the Add a Business.

Spectrum Rebound Offers Way for Businesses to Make Free Video
Spectrum Reach has partnered with Waymark to offer free videos you can make on your own and use wherever you need. Use code REACH at checkout to get your free video. Click Here to make your video.

American Express Stay Home Shop Small has created a suite of ready-to-use assets. Here's what you can do:

Monday, April 6th at 4pm the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a Conference Call for its members to hear information about the CARES Act.   Speakers will be Congressman David Rouzer, U.S. Representative for NC's 7th Congressional District and Allison Dembeck, Executive Director of Congressional & Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   Click Here for a recording of the call .

Marketing Experts Roundtable. Learn with Melanie Diehl is a 1 1/2 hour video where expert marketers share tips on visibility, productivity, organizaiton and content creation for small business in this virtual round table event. Click here to watch.

Leadership Courses for Children - Walter Finnigan, Leaf Advising has made his online youth courses completely FREE for parents, teachers and most important our youth. Schools may be closed, but you can keep the learning going with this special extra curricular journey. You and your student can journey together or individually. Every lesson includes learning experiences, built around, leadership skills. Free Online Learning Here.

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
building might be closed but they have a full slate of online opportunities to help expand your knowledge and have fun. Check them out Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Digital Marketing Help - Amazing community of digital marketing experts in Rachel Pedersen's mastermind have all gotten together to present this amazing Free Virtual Summit for everyone. No pitches, no sales, nothing but 100% pure value being given out over these three days. This is for any small business owner who is looking for some support, guidance and community. Please share with your friends. Join the group here:

State Mandates and Information -
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services -Click Here for all mandates from the State of North Carolina. We have entered Phase II Extension until September 11th. Restaurants are open for dine-in at 50% capacity but can not serve alcohol after 11pm.  Shops are open and ready to assist. Gatherings are limited to 10 people inside and 25 outside with social distancing requirements. Social distancing means stay at least six fee apart from others. People are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces, inside or outside, where physical distancing of six feet is not possible.  Read Frequently Asked Questions Here.order which remains in effect until September 11th.  Read complete order here. 

NC Department of Employment -
For questions about new guidelines for Unemployment Benefits due to the virus- Click Here for Link.    If you have been laid off due to the COVID-19 virus, Click Here to File.  Make sure to note on your application that it was due to COVID-19.

North Carolina Department of Insurance Message from Commissioner Mike Causey. This covers everything from insurance agents continuing education to health claims.

County Mandates and Information - Click Here for comprehensive updates from Brunswick County. Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Williams has issued a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

For a comprehensive list of of business resources Click Here.

Federal Information -  The President's Coronavirus Guidelines For America - 15 days to slow the spread of the virus document Click Here.

CDC Virus Information Page

Local Municipal Information -
Village of Bald Head Island - Village of Bald Head Island enacted the expiration of the Village's original State of Emergency. North Carolina's Executive Orders remain in effect and continue to restrict some activities on BHI. These restrictions also effect the ferry and tram system
Read Ferry Info Here.

City of Southport  - Short-Term accommodations are available. Shops are open. Restaurants are at 50% capacity. Face coverings required both inside businesses, in parks, sidewalks and homes if social distancing can not be maintained. Use of public parks and building for events have been restricted until after December 31,2020.  Latest updates from the City of Southport Here.

Town of Caswell Beach - Short -Term accommodations are available. Public parking lots and beach are open. Latest Updates from the Town of Caswell Beach Here.

Town of Oak Island - Town of Oak Island short term accommodations are available.  All beach parking is open. Shops are open. Restaurants are at 50% capacity with no alcohol served after 11pm. Parks are open but restrooms are closed (including the Cabana and Splash Pad). Farmers Market is open on Mondays from 8am to 1pm on the fields at at SE 46th and Dolphin Drive; parking is available in the cabana parking lot. Friday night Summer Concerts are being held - 6:30pm in Middleton Park Soccer Field (SE 46th Street).

Persons traveling to Oak Island should plan to bring their own essential provisions since the grocery stores and similar stores are having some trouble with keeping supplies just as they are in many other parts of the state and country. Supplies like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels.  Latest Updates from Town of Oak Island Here.

City of Boiling Spring Lakes - The City of Boiling Spring Lakes has terminated their State of Emergency on May 8, 2020. Shops are open. Restaurants are at 50% capacity but can not serve alcohol after 11pm. The public parks, the lobby to the City Hall and Police Department are open. Social distancing and the use of face coverings are mandatory when attending meetings at with City employees or attending meetings.  Latest Updates from City of Boiling Spring Lakes Here.

Town of St. James - Latest Updates from the Town of St. James Here.

Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce - The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center continues to work diligently to update you about resources available to our business community.  The Welcome Center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Located at 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport.  Face covering required.

Restaurants with Dine-In,Takeout and Delivery -

On this page you will find a complete list of the restaurants in the Southport-Oak Island area offering dine in, take out, and delivery during the COVID-19 crisis. Restaurants offering dine-in are limited to 50% capacity but can not serve alcohol after 11pm. Please be patient and follow social distancing requirements. You must wear a face covering until your party is seated.  Here is a list of those restaurants who are offering dine in, take out and delivery.

Resource for Residents - Facebook page with listing of restaurants and shops in the Southport-Oak Island area.

Click Here for a PDF of the How to Social Distance & Go Local Flyer.