5 Tips for Enhancing Your Business Presence on Social Media
ADVOCACY AT WORK
U.S. Senator Tim Scott and
Gov. Henry McMaster to Speak at State of The Region
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
It’s Time to Motor On at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival
Source: Pew Research Center Survey, YouTube.com
35% of U.S. adults use Instagram.
5 tips for enhancing your business presence on social media
50% of Americans with a college degree use LinkedIn.
We've all been there—we have a great product or service, we know who our audience or clients should be, but we're left with the question, "How do I get the word out?" In today's day and age, with the average consumer more technology savvy than ever, it’s critical to use all of the digital weapons in your marketing toolkit to connect with your potential customer.
Here are four easy ways to ensure your social media tools are working hard for you!
#1 - Set your social media "voice" to resonate with your customer.
We all have our own unique voice when it comes to how we interact on our personal social media. But, in business, the right social media voice should align with how your ideal customer thinks and talks. It should emulate how we speak to potential customers in person or on the phone, being both friendly and professional. And, it should make your followers feel respected, valued, and heard. If your current social media voice doesn’t portray that image, it’s time to refine and rethink it. Then, experiment, analyze, and monitor how your followers respond to make sure you are on target. When it’s just right—use it consistently for maximum results.
#2 - Ask yourself the question: How do I look?
Visual branding is key in showing your customers that your business is "the real deal." To gain credibility, both your social media (and website) must always look the part. When someone views your online presence, is it properly representing your business, product, or values? Does that image translate to your Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media channels? If the answer is no, you need to give everything another look. Review all your photos to make sure they are clear and optimized for the dimensions allowed for each platform. If you upload a new image on your computer, review it on your mobile device to make sure it still looks right. With more people doing business on their mobile devices, not checking images can turn off potential customers, resulting in a business loss.
#3 – Ask your followers questions to increase engagement.
Do you have an impressive number of followers on your social channels? Are they really engaged and giving you the business you want? With social media marketing, quality always trumps quantity. That’s why your posts should be engaging and worthy of comments, clicks, and shares. Asking good questions is a great way to start. Begin with content that is relatable to your ideal customer (videos, photos, quotes, studies, statistics, etc.). Then, ask a good question, and monitor what happens next. Questions like “Did you know this was even possible?”, “Would you use this yourself if someone gave it as a gift?”, or “Can you write a caption for this photo?” can incite people to interact and engage.
#4 - Budget for social media as you would any other advertising.
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest are the top social media outlets. For B2B businesses, the "Big 4" (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest) are the best places to invest. Although these platforms are trying to make it harder for fake news and fake companies to advertise on their platforms, there are still ways to increase your business presence through some paid advertising and posts that are “boosted.” We recommend learning more by reading the 7-Step Social Media Advertising Strategy to Better Performing Ads by our trusted partner Sprout Social. Then determine how much money you want to budget and set up a focused social media marketing strategy that will set your social media up for greater success.
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51% of social media users ages 18 - 24 say it would be hard to give up social media.
68% of U.S. adults are Facebook users.
74% of Facebook users visit the site daily, with 51% using it several times a day.
More than half of YouTube views come from mobile devices.
73% of Americans use 3 of 8 social platforms regularly.
78% of 30 to 49 year olds
Social media usage
88% of 18 to 29 year olds
64% of 50 to 64 year olds
37% are 65 and older
YouTube reaches more 18-49 year olds than any cable network in the US.
Facebook remains the most widely- used social media platform.
Did You Know?
On November 6, 2018, there will be a question on the ballot to determine if you are in favor of a 1% sales tax increase to be used toward repairing and installing roads, bridges, and sidewalks in Beaufort County for four years. This referendum is referred to as the "Special Transportation Sales and Use Tax Proposal" and "Penny Sales Tax."
1. How will the money be spent? $80 million will be spent on Hilton Head Island to make traffic improvements to the U.S. 278 corridor. $10 million will be spent on the installation and repair of sidewalks and multi-use pathways in Beaufort County. $30 million will be spent on Lady's Island to make corridor traffic improvements.
2. What major problems and issues make a new bridge on U.S. 278 an urgent need? One of the most critical issues that we face is timing. Of the four bridge spans currently in place (two east-bound, two west-bound), one (first east-bound span built in 1955) has reached the end of its useful life. While that does not mean it is in any way unsafe to travel upon, it does mean the bridge is deteriorating and will need to be replaced in the near future. SCDOT has already set aside $40 million to perform this work. The problem is that simply replacing that single bridge will NOT solve the existing capacity and congestion issues facing traffic through this area.
3. What groups are (or will be) most impacted by more congestion along U.S. 278? Hilton Head Island residents and visitors, along with Beaufort County businesses, employees, and our surrounding region as a whole, could suffer significant economic harm from the congestion if we do not address the situation in a timely fashion.
Five Questions About the Penny Sales Tax
U.S. Chamber Launches #Vote4Jobs Election Website
In less than 40 days, the entire House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and a variety of local positions and initiatives will be on the ballot. You have the opportunity to choose the leaders who will be committed to creating the best environment for jobs, economic growth, and prosperity in the coming years.
Learn about the candidates running for office, find your local polling place, and more by reading the U.S. Chamber’s voter education guide on their website www.uschamber.com/vote-jobs
Hear From The Candidates
at the Mayoral Forum
Attend the Chamber’s Mayoral Forum on Thursday, October 4th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to hear from Hilton Head Island mayoral candidates about the issues affecting your business and the island. Participants in the forum include: Barry Ginn, Kim Likins, John McCann, Alan Perry, Michael Santomauro, and Rochelle Williams. It will take place at the Hilton Head Christian Academy located at 55 Gardner Drive on Hilton Head Island. The forum is free and open to the public with no registration required.
Get Involved With Public Policy
Are you interested in getting involved with issues and initiatives that impact our businesses and economy? You can attend a Chamber Public Policy Council meeting the first Friday each month at 8 a.m. in our Chamber boardroom. Location: 1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island. To receive email updates, contact Hannah Horne - email@example.com.
ADVOCACY AT WORK
U.S. Senator Tim Scott &
Gov. Henry McMaster to Speak at State of The Region
4. Why now? Because one of the 4 spans on U.S. 278 leading to Hilton Head has been slated for replacement, the opportunity exists to integrate $40 million into a more comprehensive solution. This project is critical due to time constraints identified, need for additional capacity based upon current traffic volumes, and to obtain State and/or Federal funding to support the project. Local funding MUST be committed as a match to receive additional financial support.
5. Won't a bigger bridge just "bring more people and traffic congestion to HHI?" Proposed infrastructure improvements are necessary to address existing traffic congestion already being experienced today. With traffic counts currently reaching 60,000 to 70,000 vehicles per day, an increased growth in Bluffton, Beaufort County, Hardeeville and Jasper County, and more visitors coming to Hilton Head Island, congestion will continue to grow. In an effort to address this growth, active critical lands acquisition programs have removed over 25,0000 acres from development and strict land use provisions are now in place.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is committed to keeping you connected to the issues that impact your business at the local, state, and federal level.
Join us for this year's State of the Region luncheon on Friday, October 26th at 12 noon at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Tickets are $50 for members.
Senator Scott, who has championed legislation on education and economic development, has been touring the country to encourage growth in opportunity zones.
The Investing in Opportunity Act proposes a new solution to encourage economic growth and job creation in economically distressed communities. This event sells out quickly. REGISTER TODAY!
In the Spotlight
McGriff Insurance Services
"The chamber is involved in so many great things going on in this community. I'm really proud to be associated with it and how it brings everybody together."
"During these twenty five years... we've made many great business contacts and wonderful friends; so when we were asked to serve as a Chamber Champion, it was an easy sell.
BECOME A CHAMBER CHAMPION TODAY!
Call Cathy Havens at (843) 341-8369
The Chamber Champion program is the only yearly sponsorship opportunity designed to provide our chamber members with increased business visibility at all our major events, and exclusive opportunities to connect with the business community. With six investment levels, the program allows Chamber Champions to conveniently bundle many of the events they already attend with “above and beyond” promotion opportunities to maximize their business exposure. An investment in Chamber Champions also helps fund a variety of community-focused chamber programs, and allows us to be a voice for the entire business community of southern Beaufort County. Programs include our two Leadership Programs, Golden Apple, Project Connect, and small business workshops.
Top 3 Benefits of Being a Chamber Champion
Branding/Visibility For an Entire Year - Your company name and logo are present everywhere the chamber goes for a year. This includes signage at all events, event programs, our annual reports, the main lobby of the chamber headquarters, and more.
Pre-Paying for Events – Budget and pre-pay for all of the events you want to attend for the year. You will receive advanced notice when dates are set, your tickets are reserved, etc. By doing this, you commit to having members of your team involved and engaged with the chamber and its members, at every possible opportunity.
Exclusive Event Opportunities - Chamber Champions attend private receptions in advance of some of our biggest events, have preferred seating, and receive exclusive invitations to “Champion Only” events like our annual Chamber Champion Reception. 2018 opportunities include the State of the Region Private Reception with US Senator Tim Scott and Governor McMaster; our annual Chamber Champion Reception held in June at the Sea Pines home of Domenico De Sole, former Chairman & CEO of Gucci and current Chairman of John Ford International; and more.
2018 - 2019 Chamber Champions
VIEW OUR VIDEO to hear from current members and how being a Chamber Champion has benefited their organization. For more information on BECOMING A CHAMBER CHAMPION, call Cathy Havens at 843.341.8369.
VIEW OUR VIDEO: To learn more about the many benefits of being a Chamber Champion.
Coastal Plains Insurance
Heritage Classic Foundation
Marriott Vacation Club
Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island by Vacasa
Savannah Hilton Head International Airport
Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
Hilton Head Regional Healthcare
McGriff Insurance Services
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Lowcountry Radio Group
University of South Carolina - Beaufort
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
DX Print & Mail
McNair Law Firm
MLS of Hilton Head Island, Inc.
Prudential Financial - Christopher Corkern
Sam's Club and Walmart
Ace Hardware Hilton Head
RMC Your Destination Connection
Andy Twisdale, Realtor
Court Atkins Group
Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors
Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance
& Motoring Festival
NAI Carolina Charter
Sun City Hilton Head Community Assn.
Technical College of the Lowcountry
United Community Bank
Vice President of Operations,
Marriott Vacation Club
"We became a Chamber Champion because of the exposure that we get within the community. When first time visitors come to the island, they are likely to visit the chamber's website. That gives us exposure early on to potential customers"
About the Chamber Champions Program
SPOTLIGHT: CHAMBER CHAMPIONS
DX Print & Mail
"The chamber supports local businesses. We wanted to give back to that—and utilize the chamber to help expose our brand. They put us in front of people. It's just a great relationship."
RESIDENT DEMOGRAPHICS - Information regarding demographics for the residents of Beaufort County, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island.
ECONOMIC IMPACT - Information regarding the overall impact tourism has on the local economy, including employment and workforce data, business cluster data, the latest news, and reports.
EXPLORE THINKBLUFFTON.ORG AND THINKHILTONHEADISLAND.ORG
Not a chamber member yet? If you would like to attend a coffee to learn more about the value of chamber membership, please contact Beverly Maloney: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 341-8375.
REGIONAL BUSINESS - Information regarding bank deposit figures for bank branches and Department of Transportation data related to traffic volume in the region.
VISITOR DEMOGRAPHICS - Information regarding visitor demographics.
Maximize Your Chamber Membership With a Cup of Coffee
The Partner Portal is an easy way to upload images that best represent your business to your target audience. Although logo images alone will no longer be accepted for the primary image of your Free Member Listing, there are many ways to be creative for maximum brand recognition and impact.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate your logo in a creative and clever way!
TRAVEL & TOURISM - Information related to accommodations, hospitality, and sales taxes collected in Beaufort County, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.
Click here for a video with
Senior Account Executive
to learn how to
Maximize Your Membership
Maximize Your Business Reach Online
Are you maximizing your chamber membership with a robust business listing in our online membership directory? Through our new Partner Portal, you can easily manage your free member listing, submit upcoming events to our Connect Calendar, post job openings via Indeed, and submit specials/package offers relevant to the Island visitor, such as golf packages, hotel deals, etc. The Portal is an easy way to conduct your business with the chamber and VCB all in one place. It gives you the perfect way to promote your businesses to our residents and visitors.
How do I find the Partner Portal online?
Bookmark this URL: partners.hiltonhead
island.org/user/login or visit www.hiltonhead
chamber.org and search under www.hiltonhead
What size photos should I use in our listing?
The optimal size for photos is 1200px x 750px with a preference for center-focused images.
What kinds of offers are considered visitor focused?
Offers like vacation packages, golf packages, retail, restaurants, attraction and excursion discounts, etc. Visitors come to both the chamber and the destination website looking for special values.
Who can manage and update my business information?
Each business has an appointed administrator who is able to update your listing and submit offers, calendar listings, etc. If you are unsure if you are your company’s administrator, talk to your team for clarification. If you are a smaller business or sole proprietor, your administrator is most likely the person who signed up for chamber membership. If you are unsure, contact Kelli Brunson (email@example.com).
Other questions on how to update or maximize your exposure with the new chamber Partner Portal?
Contact Kelli Brunson (kbrunson@hiltonhead
Another valuable resource available for chamber members and our community are our websites ThinkHiltonHeadIsland.org and ThinkBluffton.org. These sites provide access to valuable public information about economic, business metrics and visitor-related demographics for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort County. They were created to centralize the information you want and need to stay up to date on important topics that impact your business. Many of our chamber members use the research and statistics available for communications with their clients, potential customers, and our community at large. We encourage you to take a look!
REAL ESTATE - Information on MLS statistics, monthly indicators, housing supply, and more.
Research and Statistics Available
Being a member of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber is an important investment in your business success. To ensure you get the greatest return on your investment, the chamber offers our Maximize Your Membership coffees throughout the year in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. Whether you just joined the chamber, or are one of our established members, we encourage you to attend. You'll meet members of your chamber team to learn how to increase your business exposure through a variety of chamber networking events, educational workshops, engagement opportunities, and chamber communications. You'll also learn how to optimize your free online business listing through our new Partner Portal. And, receive valuable advice on how to connect with the other businesses and members you want to know.
Upcoming coffees are always listed on our Connect Calendar at www.hiltonheadchamber.org.
Information You Need Now is Only a Click Away
Conversation + Cocktails + Beach
OCT 18 | 5:30 – 7 PM
The Beach House Resort
1 S Forest Beach Dr. (HHI)
Registration Coming Soon!
Don't miss our Beach Bash! Mix, mingle, and share your business info while exploring themed party spaces in the resort. Then, step out onto the beach for drinks, appetizers, entertainment by CRUSH, and dancing! $10 Members| $20 Nonmembers
Mayoral Candidate Forum
OCT 4 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Hilton Head Christian Academy
Performing Arts Center
55 Gardner Drive, Hilton Head Island
Free and Open to the Public
Hear from the candidates vying for the seat of Hilton Head Island Mayor. Topics to be discussed include growth, economic development, workforce, tourism, and housing.
Calendar at a Glance
10/2| 8:30 AM - Business Education Partnership @ Chamber Headquarters
10/4 | 5:30 PM - Mayoral Candidates Forum (Town of Hilton Head Island) @ Hilton Head Christian Academy
10/5| 8 AM - Public Policy Council @ Chamber Headquarters
10/9 | 5 PM - Ribbon Cutting @Stretchzone (HHI)
10/11 | 8:30 AM - Bluffton Regional Business Council @ Venue1223 (Bluffton)
10/12 | 8 AM - Women In Business Breakfast @ Country Club of Hilton Head
10/18 | 5:30 - 7 PM - Conversation + Cocktails @ Beach House Resort (HHI)
10/26 | 12 PM - State of the Region @ Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
NOVEMBER FEATURED EVENT
11/16 | 6 PM - Taste of the Season @USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus (HHI)
SAVE THE DATE
JAN 26, 2019
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
OCT 9 | 5 PM
1509 Main Street (HHI)
Reception to follow
Visit our Connect Calendar for all upcoming chamber and community events and to submit your upcoming events: hiltonheadchamber.org.
Taste of the Season - Kick off the Holidays!
NOV 16 | 6 – 9 PM
USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus, One Sand Shark Dr. (HHI)
Registration Coming Soon!
Experience a night to remember!
Indulge your taste buds with epicurean food samplings from the area’s very best restaurants and eateries. Shop our silent auction for unique holiday gifts guaranteed to impress. Mingle with chamber members, staff, business associates, and friends.
New This Year
Explore the innovative and impressive USCB Hilton Head Island Hospitality Management Campus.
Elevate Your Experience as a VIP
Our VIP Experience tickets include early access to the event, open bar until 7 p.m., exclusive food samplings, and reserved parking.
Support Community-Focused Programs
Funds from the Taste of the Season silent auction help support chamber community-focused programs including Jr. and Sr. Leadership classes, Project Connect, Golden Apple, Small Business Workshops, and more.
GET NOTICED AT THE TASTE OF THE SEASON!
Donate to our silent auction: contact Moa Kristenson at (843) 785-3673. Showcase your food: contact Hannah Horne at (843) 341-8373.
SAVE THE DATE
State of the Region
OCT 26 | 12 PM (Registration & Networking 11 AM)
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island
This event sells out!
How do Washington's headlines affect your business? What's being done at the local level to help your business thrive?
Find out at this month's State of the Region with keynote speaker U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Governor Henry McMaster, and local political leaders who are committed to our area's growth. Get a comprehensive business and political update on southern Beaufort County, and learn more about business issues that are important to you.
With more than 700 in attendance each year, State of the Region has become the premier event for political, business, and non-profit leaders engaged with policy issues affecting our region.
Women in Business Breakfast w/Pamela Evette
8 AM Registration & Networking | 9 AM Program
Country Club of Hilton Head, 70 Skull Creek Dr. (HHI)
Be inspired by President of Quality Business Solutions and Republican candidate for SC Lieutenant Governor, Pamela Evette. Enjoy breakfast and an opportunity to network with other Lowcountry women in business. $20 Members | $25 nonmembers
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Sea Pines Halloween Fun Around the Corner
The fun starts early with a Halloween Wagon Ride (October 27th) with kids showing off their costumes in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve as they hunt for clues to lead them to the pumpkin patch. Reservations required. On the 28th, it's Halloween on the Harbour at The Sea Pines Resort with activities, cookies, and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town. For more info visit www.seapines.com.
The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has announced that CEO, Dan Santorum, received the National Public Parks Tennis Association (NPPTA) Jean and Hollis Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has been an outstanding advocate, and who has promoted the NPPTA across the country. Past recipients have included Hollis Smith, Alan G. Schwartz, Jodie Adams, and Billie Jean King.
Recipient of THRIVE
The Lowcountry Women’s Conference announced Ashley Caruso, a USCB Business Administration major, as the first THRIVE Fellowship recipient. A senior at USCB, Ashley is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in both Marketing and Accounting. She has consistently ranked at the top of her class and been recognized as a President’s List Scholar, elected to membership in the Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, and awarded the William Mason Hardimon Scholarship.
Farmers Market Returns to Coastal Discovery Museum
The Hilton Head Island Farmers Market will return to Historic Honey Horn for the 2018 Season (Oct - Dec) on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Shopping at the market provides an opportunity to purchase a variety of food items, strengthen our community, and rebuild our local food economy.
The market will feature fresh produce, pasture raised chicken, free range rabbit, pork, seafood, salsa, fresh sausage, cookies, breads, she crab soup, and more.
South Carolina Task Force Assists With Hurricane Responders
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Bluffton Township Fire District-South Carolina Task Force #4 members were deployed Friday, September 14th as part of a comprehensive deployment of Statewide assets to assist local first responders in areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. Twenty three personnel, including 15 from Hilton Head Island and 8 from Bluffton, were sent as part of the team. They are embedded with rescue teams from other states.
South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization also requested an engine company from Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue which deployed early Monday September 17th to Horry County. The engine is staffed with 4 personnel and is assigned to support Horry County Fire Rescue.
Collins Group Realty to Hold Downsizing Workshop
A complimentary workshop aimed at demystifying important topics surrounding the downsizing process will be presented October 16th by Collins Group Realty. Topics include the real estate market now, buyer trends, decluttering, and how to prepare your home for sale. Guest speakers include Michael Putich, Tax Professional and Walter Nester, a Real Estate Attorney. For more info visit www.CollinsGroupRealty.com.
Magic Happens at Art League Gallery in October
Sixteen inspiring teachers show how they make the “magic” happen at the Art League Gallery October 2nd – November 3rd. The exhibit will be new work by Art League Academy instructors. See what inspires these 16 teachers, and experience what excites you. An artist reception will be October 10th, from 5 - 7 p.m. The gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork is for sale and exhibits change monthly. Learn more @ www.artleaguehhi.org.
“Seduced by the Light” is October Feature
Lori Wilson will present “Seduced by the Light,” a collection of fine watercolors and photography in contemporary realism October 1st to November 4th at the Society of Bluffton Artists gallery in Old Town. Wilson’s art has won numerous awards over the years. An opening reception is scheduled for October 7th from 3 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibits are free and open to the public. More info about the gallery @ sobagallery.com.
Volunteers Needed to Serve On Local United Way Committee
United Way of the Lowcountry is recruiting volunteers to serve on their Community Impact Committee. Volunteers will help determine how undesignated United Way Annual Campaign donations will be distributed to local agencies and services throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties to make a lasting impact. No experience is needed and training is provided. Volunteers must be able to attend one of the training dates on 10/2, 10/4, 10/8, or 10/17. Contact Chrystie Turner at (843) 982-3040.
Palmetto Heart Walk Announces 2019 Chair
The American Heart Association has announced that Brian Le Baron, the District Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, will chair the 2019 Palmetto Heart Walk and 5K Race April 27th at Shelter Cove Community Park.
The Palmetto Heart Walk raises awareness that walking 30 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. To register as a team or individual for the Palmetto Heart Walk, visit PalmettoHeartWalk.org.
Mitchelville Preservation Project Hosts Annual Anniversary Forum
The 2018 Anniversary Forum - Freedom Isn’t Free seeks to examine the push for freedom in this country and the notion that the struggle continues today. The one-day session takes place on October 27th at The Westin Hotel on Hilton Head Island. It will highlight Reconstruction, the American Civil Rights Movement, Voting Rights, Citizenship, and more. Learn more @exploremitchelville.org.
Arts and Seafood Festival Comes to Historic Bluffton
The fourteenth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is coming back to the cultural district of Bluffton October 13th - 20th. Known for its charm, natural river beauty, and eclectic art community, Bluffton's streets will be alive over the week-long event with a myriad of activities.
The area's locally-harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture, and art of the area will be showcased. The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area's premier restaurants and caterers, and great music and entertainment on October 20th and 21st. For more info visit www.blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.
A Letter From Chamber President & CEO Bill Miles
Sea Turtle Protection Project Featured On Sea Rescue
On its August 31st video episode, Sea Rescue featured Hilton Head Island's local Sea Turtle Protection Project. Their video captures Loggerhead turtle activity on our beaches, protection efforts underway, and how the work of local volunteers are making a difference in helping to save the endangered species! To view the video, click here.
With projected visitors canceling their trips, meetings, weddings, and activities, room nights were canceled; restaurants, retail stores, and local attractions were deserted; and a trickle-down effect on local suppliers and wholesalers took place. All these things also negatively impacted the lives of our workforce, with many being evacuated early in anticipation of potential weather conditions, and others not needed at their workplace, resulting in significant personal and financial loss.
Our role throughout this ordeal continues to remain diligent in ensuring a plan to assist with economic recovery is in place. With the assistance of the tourism tax-funded platform, created by the Town of Hilton Head Island, for a situation like this, we are now focused on the execution of an integrated marketing plan. The focus is on encouraging visitors to return to our island, to help secure the stability of our workforce, and the jobs and time that were lost. Without our visitors, our workforce is in a volatile situation. We need to get the word out that we are indeed “Open for Business” because lost business and opportunities can mean business closures, reduced employee hours, and even layoffs.
Utilizing the $175K Crisis Marketing Fund to increase awareness, and attract more visitors is critical. It allows for the implementation of an aggressive marketing plan and advertising efforts, to see measurable results. We know you will agree that we must do everything in our power to bring more visitors back to our island to enjoy our resorts, restaurants, retail businesses, attractions, and fuel our local economy. It is time to help our workforce to get back to work!
Sea Pines Resort Garners Accolades
According to a recent Reader's Digest article Best Staycations in Every State "The Sea Pines Resort, which sits on 5,000 acres with an oceanfront view and three golf courses" is a good option for South Carolina residents looking for a staycation on Hilton Head Island. The resort and golf course was also mentioned in the October edition of Golf Magazine, and on the website www.golftipsmag.com. Congratulations, Sea Pines for all the accolades!
SCDOR Offers Tax Relief For Victims
of Hurricane Florence
In a September 18th press release, the South Carolina Department of Revenue announced that it will work with affected taxpayers on a case-by-case basis to waive any penalties assessed against a taxpayer who cannot meet state filing or payment requirements as a result of Hurricane Florence. This relief does not apply to current collection matters, including payments due during the relief period under any payment plan previously entered into with the SCDOR. For more info visit www.dor.sc.gov.
SC Chamber Seeking Feedback on
Small Business Issues and Needs
The SC Chamber of Commerce and the SC Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC) are working to obtain updated information on the issues and needs of small businesses across our state.
The feedback will be used by both entities to enhance and expand their services to better meet small business needs. The survey takes 5 minutes to complete and is completely confidential. Take the survey now. Click here.
Dear Community Members,
As you observed over the course of the 7 to 10 days before Hurricane Florence made landfall in South Carolina, national and international attention was focused on painting a picture of the entire coast of South Carolina “in the eye” of the hurricane. Though we were fortunate that conditions changed and we were not impacted physically, the financial impact of this event on our economy was significant, to say the least. Each of our business sectors have and continue to feel the ultimate results.
ERA Evergreen Real Estate - Ribbon Cutting - 9/27
WAHHI - Ribbon Cutting - 9/24
Absolute Island Management
Haig Point Club & Community
Main Street Youth Theatre
NAMI Beaufort County
Pinnacle Plastic Surgery
South Coast Imaging Hilton Head
Truitt Rabun Associates
ZipLine Hilton Head
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Bluffton Police Department
Cambridge Building, Inc.
Daufuskie Rental Group
Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest
Junior Champions Foundation
Mikkelson Law Firm
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Nimmer Turf Farm
Rose Hill Plantation Property Owners’ Association, Inc.
South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference
Spartina 449 - Shelter Cove Towne Centre
The Pearl Kitchen & Bar
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Leadership Class 2018/2019 - Teamwork Day
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AAR Workshop Hilton Head
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Low Country Oyster Trail Fund
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Staples Hilton Head Stretchzone
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Collins Septic Tank
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Grayco Building Center
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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
Island Fudge Shoppe
Sea Pines Montessori Academy
Volvo Cars Hilton Head
Wild Wing Cafe
THE FLIGHTS & FANCY AEROPORT GALA & AERO EXPO
Friday 11/2 | 7 - 10 PM
The Hilton Head Island Airport comes alive when vintage aircrafts fly in from across the country to be viewed under the stars with pristine Concours cars. Guests dine on the finest food Hilton Head Island has to offer and drinks flow as the legacies of automotive and aviation come together for a night to remember!
For full event details and to purchase tickets, visit www.hhiconcours.com
IT'S TIME TO MOTOR ON
AT THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND
November 2nd - 4th | Hilton Head Island
By Carolyn Vanagel, President
Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival
The fall means cooler temperatures, golf in full swing and anticipation for the Island’s second largest destination event, the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. The Concours, now in its seventeenth year, brings in visitors from around the country to enjoy the amenities of the Island and one of the top-rated Concours in the country.
The Hilton Head Concours is the last major event on the prestigious Concours circuit and has become not only a must do for the car enthusiast, but a fun “seen and be seen” experience for the not so “motoring” inclined. Visitors enjoy an up close and personal experience with the finest collector cars, airplanes, and boats in the country, and are dazzled by amazing parties featuring automotive designers, racers, and collectors all coming to Hilton Head to enjoy that special “lowcountry” hospitality.
Every day is different, and every year is different. The 10 days of activities kick off in Savannah with the Savannah Speed Classic, October 26 – October 28, the only car race that takes place at the road course surrounding the golf course of the stately Westin Savannah. Feel the thrill of the race with access to the Paddock and take a Hot Lap at racing speeds with a professional driver around the track. It is an experience you’ll never forget!
The Hilton Head weekend, November 2 – November 4, starts flying high with the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala Friday night, a party like no other at the Hilton Head at the General Aviation Ramp. Guests enjoy vintage planes paired with Concours cars, fantastic food, live and silent auctions and this year, see war planes, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Mustang!
Saturday brings you the Car Club Showcase with over 200 sports, muscle, and exotic cars from Car Clubs around the country. This year German cars are featured celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Porsche and milestones for BMW. Don’t forget your Saturday ticket includes the Aero Expo featuring vintage aircraft and the not-to-be-missed “Satisfy Your Thirst” afterparty behind the Port Royal Club House. Also enjoy the two-day exhibits, including “Life Along the Orient Express”, a step back in time to the opulence of Europe during its heyday.
The weekend culminates with Sunday’s spectacular Concours d’Elegance with over 175 cars competing for the coveted “Best of Show”. We look forward to seeing you!
Exclusive This Year
DESIGN AMONG THE STARS
Saturday 11/3 | 6:30 PM
Guests at this year’s Autoweek’s Design Among the Stars dinner presented by Jaguar can mix and mingle with automobile designers, including Bob Boniface (Buick), Moray Callum (Ford), and Jay Ward (Pixar Animation Studios). And, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to bid on automotive art as these designers take pen to canvas and sketch before your eyes.
Saturday & Sunday 11/3 - 11/4
9 AM - 4 PM | Port Royal Golf Club
Saturday starts with the Car Club Showcase featuring 200 sports, muscle, and exotic cars from Car Clubs around the country. This year German cars are featured celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Porsche and milestones for BMW. Saturday tickets include the Aero Expo featuring vintage aircraft, the two-day exhibits including “Life Along the Orient Express, and the “Satisfy Your Thirst” afterparty behind the Port Royal Club House.
The weekend culminates with Sunday’s spectacular Concours d’Elegance with over 175 cars competing for the coveted “Best of Show”.