For Businesses

A Business Recovery Center is located within the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce at One Estell Lee Place in Wilmington. Visit and speak with Small Business Administration representatives and get information on resources like the ones below Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A comprehensive list of disaster recovery resources with contact information is also available as a printable PDF here.

The Small Business Administration offers disaster loans and business counseling for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Business Physical Disaster Loans (Deadline has been extended to December 19, 2018) – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business. Businesses of any size are eligible.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Deadline: June 14, 2019) – Working capital loans to help small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet ordinary financial obligations that can’t be met as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Small Business Administration Hurricane Florence Fact Sheet

Businesses can use low-interest loans to move forward until insurance claims come through. Claims can be used to pay low-interest loans back quickly.

Visit the Small Business Administration at the Business Recovery Center at the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce or at the Disaster Recovery Center at Independence Mall.

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTCD) is a business advisory resource with an office on the campus of UNC Wilmington. As a formal partner of the Small Business Administration, the SBTDC offers consultation and expertise to growing and developing businesses.

Call or visit the SBTCD for guidance on business recovery, disaster loans and resiliency moving forward.

SBTDC Resources:


Thread Capital’s Hurricane Florence Rapid Recovery Loan supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses close the gap between when the disaster strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other disaster relief funds are approved.

The Carolina Small Business Development Fund’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Loan Program is designed to assist small business owners whose operations were impacted by the storm.

Hurricane Florence Recovery Loan

North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund

Small Business Disaster Recovery & Resiliency Kit


Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides temporary payments to people whose employment or income has been lost or interrupted due to Hurricane Florence. Application deadline was October 31, 2018 for New Hanover County residents. To file an unemployment insurance claim, visit or call 1-866-795-8877.

Temporary recovery jobs are also available through the state. Learn more here.

Emergency Farm Loans through the USDA Farm Service agency are available to help producers who suffer qualifying farm-related losses directly caused by Hurricane Florence.