Microbreweries encourage economic development, tourism, and neighborhood revitalization throughout North Carolina. Now Wilmington is making it easier for entrepreneurs to tap into the business of craft beers.
Businesses have to juggle a lot to stay afloat—permits, taxes, start-up loans, and more. In an economic development report commissioned recently by New Hanover County, "Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County's Plan for Jobs and Investment," consultant Jay Garner cautions that small and new businesses must be better supported by the region’s government to spur development.
The legislature is out of Raleigh, but, the jury may not be out on economic incentives, including those supporting North Carolina’s film industry.
The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders plan to write to Governor Pat McCrory, asking him to reconvene the legislative session to make a final decision on economic incentives. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says this is a bigger issue than just film; he wants to protect job development grants, which incentivize companies to bring their business to North Carolina:
It has oft been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are banding together to create a marketing alliance between Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover counties.
Silicon Valley and New York City used to be the exclusive homes of start-up businesses. But that economic landscape is changing, leaving room for smaller cities like Wilmington to become a hotbed for entrepreneurs.