Thanks to the collaborate efforts of small local businesses including: Port City Signs & Graphics, Lanier Property Group, Julia’s Florist, Strickland’s Window Coverings, Homewood Suites Wilmington, Parker-Brinson Communications and Bon’s Eye Marketing, there is now one web site for all small businesses in North Carolina to come together to keep NC Film. Their main goal is to create awareness in regards to the film incentives — that this is a small business issue, not just a film industry issue. Perhaps the legislators were not clear on that in the short session just a few months ago.
When we removed the 25% film incentive, it not only wiped away crew jobs in the state, but as this organization points out, it removed revenue and jobs from local small businesses as well.
The organization is working dilligently to keep the film incentive alive. According to SmallBusinessForFilm.com:
The group was established in response to concern that legislators do not realize the impact that the film industry has on small businesses throughout the state, and is working to raise awareness about this issue. The mission is to organize small businesses throughout North Carolina that recognize the positive impact the film industry has on generating jobs and revenue in our state. Small Business for Film is working to preserve the only small business incentive in North Carolina–an incentive that attracts the film industry to North Carolina, giving small businesses the opportunity to thrive.
Again, taken from SmallBusinessForFilm.com, some of the small businesses the film industry directly impacts include:
- Printers and Sign Manufacturers
- Florists/Plants sales
- Restaurants and Caterers
- Window Coverings
- Event Rental Services (tents, etc.)
- Camera and Lighting Equipment
- Heavy Machinery
- Car/Van Rentals
- Security and Locksmiths
- Antique Dealers
- Marine Services
- Mobile Restrooms
- Aerial Services
If you are a small business in North Carolina that benefits from the film and television industry, please join the other small businesses in continued support and become a member.