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Jun 6, 2022

A new round of grant funds is available to help certain small minority- and women-owned businesses recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic. Applicants must have 50 employees or fewer and have a maximum of $1.5 million in gross revenues, based on their 2020 business tax returns.   The N.C. Dept. of Administration’s Office for Historically Underutilize ...

Dec 17, 2021

TOP STORIES: Area Continues To Navigate COVID

By Johanna Cano, posted Dec 17, 2021

Almost two years after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the world has gained more understanding and at the same time still has questions about the virus and its impact.   VACCINE ROLLOUT Three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) were approved for emergency use in the United States, and vaccinations began in December 2020 starting with health ...

Dec 13, 2021

A grant program announced late last week is aimed at helping Black women business owners, but they must apply by Wednesday of this week. Backing Black Business will award female Black business owners cash grants and help them with other resources, according to a news release from grant project officials, sent through the Small Business Centers at Brunswick Community Col ...

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Fall Vacation Rentals and Rising Cost of Real Estate

Posted Jun 15, 2022
What we know is that the pandemic has created many “converts” out of guests that would previously have never considered a vacation rental. Because there are many advantages of having a complete living space, whether condo or cottage, that includes a living room and full kitchen, these converts are here to stay. Particularly given the fact that prices are comparable, and oftentimes less...read entire article
Oct 15, 2021

A North Carolina grant program designed to help small disadvantaged businesses is currently accepting applications.   Established in 2020 by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, the RETOOLNC Grant Program Fund is aimed at Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pro ...

Oct 1, 2021

It has been a long, bumpy 18 months for the operators of Thalian Hall. When COVID-19 shut down performance venues along with businesses of all kinds, revenues dried up and uncertainties set in.   “It’s been an incredible struggle, almost from week to week; we were not sure how we were going to make it,” said Tony Rivenbark, the hall’s executi ...

Sep 22, 2021

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning announced that 192 small businesses in New Hanover County are receiving grants from a fund of more than $4 million. The businesses are in the hospitality, retail and service sector, and the one-time grants are meant to offset the $65 million in lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the local and state re ...

Aug 20, 2021

Return Of The Masks

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 20, 2021

Editor's note: As we went to press on the Aug. 20 edition, New Hanover County officials announced a mandatory indoor masking policy. Several of the interviews below took place before the rule was announced, so this version has been updated to reflect that. By any measure, Southeastern North Carolina is seeing a significant impact from COVID-19’s delta variant. ...

Aug 17, 2021

NHC Indoor Mask Mandate Returns Friday

By Vicky Janowski, posted Aug 17, 2021

New Hanover County will join the list of municipalities in the state going back to an indoor mask mandate.   The county health board on Tuesday voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed health rule mandating face coverings inside. The rule does not go into effect for at least 10 days to allow for public notice and comment, but an abatement order moves up the ...

Aug 12, 2021

Local Hospitals See Surge In COVID Patients

By Vicky Janowski, posted Aug 12, 2021

Mirroring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, local hospitals also are seeing an uptick in patients, mostly unvaccinated, who are being admitted because of the virus.   The number of area hospitalized patients is nearing or exceeding the levels seen during the previous spike in the winter. During those months, COVID-19 vaccine doses were not yet widely ...

May 20, 2021

Businesses Adapt To Changes On COVID Restrictions

By Cece Nunn, posted May 20, 2021

A week after the CDC announced May 13 that fully vaccinated people can skip the mask and social distancing, businesses continue to adapt to an atmosphere free of many COVID-19 restrictions. As a result of the CDC announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper on May 14 lifted most remaining state rules, including those regarding masks and social distancing for those who are fully vaccin ...

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