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COVID-19 Community Resources

In light of COVID-19 and recent events, we want to try to consolidate information to make it easy for everyone to know what's going on in Wilkesboro and beyond. In order to keep this page as current as possible, please email us with updates and information!

Small Business Resources


The "At Your Side" Small Business Grant Program

Front and Center SBA Grant Program

CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL HR 133 December 22, 2020

RETOOLNC Grant Application opening soon

The Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) has partnered with Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development to establish the RETOOLNC Grant Program Fund to provide grant funds for small businesses (for-profits) adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eligible businesses are certified HUB and DBE firms with 50 employees or less. Grants are ONLY available to certified businesses with $1,500,000 or less in revenue, according to 2019 tax filing.


The RETOOLNC Grant application will open very soon. Applications will be reviewed in the order received until all of the available funds are exhausted. The HUB Office will notify each certified firm when the portals are open with each nonprofit. Not certified? Contact the HUB Office: [email protected] 984-236-0148.


Learn more at THIS LINK.


USDA Rural Business Assistance


NC Rapid Recovery Loan

Wilkes Economic Development Corporation COVID-19 Business Resource Page

Wilkes Community College Small Business Center
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

National Main Street Program Resource Page
USDA Covid 19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
State and Local Government COVID-19 Resources

  • NC Main Street Center:
    Please help your small businesses needing assistance by directing them as follows:
    • Have them call Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) at 800.228.8443

BLNC staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Se Habla Español. There are Spanish-speaking counselors.

    • Call volume in BLNC is expected to be high, and callers may need to leave a message and await a returned call. Please be patient.
    • BLNC counselors will gather basic information from callers and refer the case to the most appropriate resource -- small-business experts with the either the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) or the state’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN) -- for assistance.
    • SBTDC and SBCN small-business counselors will assess needs – working, for example, to assist with the preparation of any SBA loan application materials that may be appropriate.
    • SBA Small Business Assistance Loan




Appalachian Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway

Parts of the BRP are beginning to open. Visit the above link for updates. 

Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir

Open, Click for details. 

Lowe's Park at River's Edge


Rendezvous Mountain
Open, please recreate responsibly and plan your trip ahead. Many parks and trails are open but facilities, like restrooms and picnic shelters, remain closed. 

Stone Mountain State Park
Open, please recreate responsibly and plan your trip ahead. Many parks and trails are open but facilities, like restrooms and picnic shelters, remain closed. 

Town of Wilkesboro Parks

Cub Creek Park

Rolling Pines Disc Golf Course

Westwood Park

Unemployment Assistance

Here is the link with all the information:

Thought this may be good to share with everyone as I’m sure we all know someone that is impacted with reduced hours/laid off/or experiencing health concerns. Please forward if you see fit.

Please note that they are already experiencing high volume issues with the call center so folks may have to try multiple times/experience wait times.

Questions regarding unemployment benefits? Have you lost your job recently or are you expecting a layoff?

You can apply for unemployment benefits in North Carolina online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at If you need help, contact our Customer Call Center at 888-737-0259, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Please visit for available job postings at this time. 

EMPLOYER Call Center: Phone (Toll Free): 866-278-3822
Phone (Local): 919-707-1150; Fax: 919-715-0780
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Keith Deveraux, Director - (828) 265-5434, ext.130,

DES Pandemic Emergency Umemployment Compensation