Make 2019 The Year For a Business Coach With SCORE
The Island Academy of Hilton Head Inspires Students through Film
ADVOCACY AT WORK
A Year in Review: Focused on Business Issues That Matter Most to You
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
February is Foodie Month
”I am honored to be affiliated with the Thrive Conference. What an inspiring and motivating day for women!”
-Tina Tyus-Shaw, Emcee,
WSAV News Anchor
Make 2019 The Year For a Business Coach With SCORE
Finding A Business Therapist in SCORE
I had heard of SCORE as a chamber member, but it wasn't until my summer intern, CJ Tassone, pushed me into engaging with SCORE that I actually did. CJ is a student studying business finance at the University of SC in Columbia. He is also my son. After two weeks into his internship, he told me “Dad you need a therapist—a business therapist. Someone you can bounce ideas off of and help your business go from Good to Great.” That’s when he brought my attention to SCORE, and the free business advice/mentoring they offered.
From the very first meeting, I was greatly impressed by my assigned mentor, Rod Casavant. He was professional and knowledgeable, but more importantly, he made me feel relaxed, allowing me to speak openly about my business practices. In one word, I would describe our meetings as therapeutic. Rod’s approach challenged me to think outside of the box and look at my business model through a fresh set of eyes. He helped me re-focus and set realistic goals that I might not have thought about or considered on my own. Together we discussed my vision and the foundation of my business, and then set a clear path towards my desired goals.
Working with Rod and SCORE was instrumental in my making adjustments to our website and marketing plan, as well as helping me to best prepare for seminars and client events. All have allowed me to see some great results in a relatively short period. It turns out that my son CJ was right—I did need a business therapist. Working with SCORE and my mentor Rod, has not only been a game-changer but an invaluable experience for me. It was the kickstart my business really needed to succeed!
2019 Thrive Lowcountry Women's Conference
September 26th & 27th
Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island
Each year in September, SC Lowcountry SCORE, and the chamber partner to host the Thrive Lowcountry Women’s Conference. The annual event features a welcome reception, networking, inspiring guest speakers, break out sessions with experts, and a vendor showcase, all designed to help women in their professional and personal development to “Thrive” in today’s workplace environment.
Are you ready to give your business the kickstart it needs to grow and succeed?
Visit www.sclowcountry.score.org to learn more.
More details coming soon!
For many entrepreneurs and small business professionals, starting and growing a business can be exciting. But, faced with daily challenges, growing pains, and possible threats that can derail your business, at times it can feel overwhelming too. The good news, though, is that you don’t have to navigate the process alone. When you reach out to SCORE, a volunteer-based organization of both current and retired executives and entrepreneurs committed to helping small businesses succeed, help is within reach.
SCORE is a uniquely American organization that synthesizes two historic national ideals: entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism. Since 1964, SCORE has been providing expert volunteer mentoring to more than 11 million entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. As the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors, SCORE is committed to helping individuals succeed in their small business endeavors.
For new businesses, SCORE's free, personalized, and actionable guidance helps entrepreneurs and business executives successfully navigate the startup process. Its connected network of mentors and resources helps lay the proper foundation to ensure businesses are on the right track. For existing businesses, SCORE’s team offers mentoring, motivation, and guidance to support effective decision making to help businesses stay on their chosen path.
For Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce members, our partnership with SCORE SC Lowcountry since 1989 means you don’t have to journey alone. If you are just starting out, are a seasoned business professional, or are ready to sell or retire, a volunteer mentor can meet with you in our chamber offices or online. There is no fee, and the confidential business mentoring offered is available throughout the life of your business. SCORE SC Lowcountry also provides no- or low-cost business training on a variety of business topics, including marketing, finance and accounting, management, etc. You also have access to valuable business templates, guides, blogs, and helpful tools on their website.
We encourage you to take advantage of this important business asset and help your business SCORE in 2019!
“I would compare what I’ve learned through SCORE to the advanced education I received from The Wharton Business School.“
-Christopher L. Tassone
Women's Conference Helps Women "Thrive!"
Ready to get involved with the chamber's advocacy committees in 2019?
Contact Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org.
With success and growth, also come challenges. One of the greatest ones our business community faces is having access to an adequate and qualified workforce. The chamber is focused on addressing existing workforce issues. Our committees are working with Beaufort County, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Bluffton, and other community leaders to seek out viable solutions that will protect the sustainability of our businesses, local economy, and national brand as a top destination for visitors and residents.
Over the past year, growth in the Lowcountry and our business community has been strong. This growth is the result of a flourishing economy, committed business and community leaders, and a variety of initiatives and efforts that have remained at the forefront of our daily activities.
As an advocate for our members, we serve as the voice of your business. Through the facilitation of ongoing communications with government entities on the local, state, and federal levels, we are focused on the key business concerns that are important to you.
ADVOCACY AT WORK
The Business Workforce Coalition serves as the unified voice for the stability of our business workforce now and in the future through housing that is affordable. As a cross-industry group of both public and private leaders, representing? jobs the coalition is committed to identifying positive solutions for the affordable workforce housing crisis that faces our community.
Milestones in 2018 included:
Task Force Creation - Five task forces were assembled, each focused on improving workforce housing availability. Task forces include legislative action, economic impact, strategic partnerships, marketing, and products.
Tax Credit Scoring Advocacy - Met with Governor McMaster’s staff to effect changes on the scoring criteria for available tax credits.
Wage Survey Implementation - Conducted a wage survey among local resorts for added insights into the salary competitiveness of local workforce.
Community Education Program Development - An outreach program was created to inform local residents about workforce recruiting and retention challenges related to a lack of affordable workforce housing.
Housing Study Assistance Provided - Members met with the Town of Hilton Head Island's housing study consultant, Lisa Sturtevant, to assist with her efforts to gather data on needs, barriers, and solutions to the island’s workforce housing challenges.
Public Policy Council
A Year in Review: Focused on Business Issues That Matter Most to You
Business Workforce Coalition
Want to learn more about our 2018 activities and initiatives?
Click here to read the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Annual Progress Report.
Bluffton Regional Business Council
The Bluffton Regional Business Council is focused on keeping a pulse on the area’s growing business climate. Its mission is to work with members, citizens, and elected officials to identify, craft, and implement a pro-business agenda that advances the economic future and protects the quality of life in the region.
In 2018, the council held bi-monthly meetings with community leaders on the transportation tax, workforce housing, economic development, and regional opportunities with Jasper County. Special guests included: Doug Langhals, Head of School at Hilton Head Christian Academy; Scott Marshall, Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Bluffton; Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams; and John O’Toole, Beaufort County Economic Development Executive Director.
Our Public Policy Council brings together community leaders, members, and guests who share an interest in civic matters that impact our county, state, region, and nation with a goal to inform and educate the public. Milestones in 2018 Included:
Penny Tax Advocacy - In support of the successful passage of the Transportation Sales Tax, the chamber aligned with and supported communication efforts of the Citizens for Better Roads and Bridges.
Grassroots Legislative Tour Support - Chamber members participated in an interactive discussion with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to assist with setting this year's legislative agenda.
Annual State of the Region - More than 700 attended the 2018 annual event featured U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Governor Henry McMaster, local county and town officials, and introductions by students from Hilton Head Island High School and Bluffton High School.
Town of Hilton Head Island Mayoral Forum - The community was invited to hear from mayoral candidates about their positions on issues affecting the island, our communities, and local businesses.
Public Policy Council monthly meetings include robust conversations around issues of concern, special guest speakers, and a range of activities that support the health of our businesses, community and economy.
In 2018, several guest speakers provided important updates on community activities and initiatives that impact our members' ongoing business success. Last year's speakers included: John Rembold, Airports Director for Beaufort County; Dr. Charles Calvert, Chair of USCB’s Hospitality Program; Mary Lee Carnes, VP of Technical College of the Lowcountry; and Sandy Steele, Director of Operations for Southern Carolina Alliance.
In December, the Public Policy Council focused on reviewing and revising the chamber's Legislative Agenda for 2019. A working document that steers our policy positions on local, state, and federal levels, the agenda identified several areas that required significant attention to best serve our businesses, community, and the quality of life experienced on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton, and throughout Beaufort County. Our 2019 Legislative Agenda items include workforce/housing, travel promotion, transportation, and infrastructure.
Click below to watch a preview:
Jennifer Winzeler, Director of Development at The Island Academy of Hilton Head, beamed as she sat in the Chamber Boardroom to inform us of the next community learning opportunity for students and residents to be hosted by the academy. After months of planning with Mountainfilm, one of America's longest-running film festivals, supporters of the Academy have curated a series of documentary short films in an effort to raise funds for the school. The series will be shown to students at The Island Academy, Hilton Head Public Schools, and made available to the public on February 8th at Coligny Theatre (see next page).
The compilation of 8 - 12 films include a theme that is consistent with the sustainability and land preservation component of the community vision project that has occurred over several months of the past year. ”This is a wonderful opportunity for us, as an Island, to inspire our community to really care for the land and also to get outside and participate in activities that are very available to us relative to other places,“ Winzeler said.
Mountainfilm On Tour is no stranger to engaged audiences. It has a packed tour schedule, showing documentaries in hundreds of cities across the world, including Savannah and Charleston. The Island Academy of Hilton Head and Winzeler hope that, in time, an annual Mountainfilm event will be another great way to attract visitors to the Lowcountry, benefiting our local businesses and economy.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us, as an Island, to inspire our community to really care for the land and also to get outside and participate in activities that are very available to us relative to other places."
Director of Development
The Island Academy
See Mountainfilm On Tour at the matinee or the evening Gala at Coligny Theatre on February 8th. For tickets and details, visit mountainfilmhiltonhead.com.
The Island Academy of Hilton Head Focuses on the Joy of Learning
The Island Academy of Hilton Head is a full-time, educationally-innovative K through 12 learning program that goes beyond traditional teaching methods and extends into an experiential, hands-on, practical approach.
When one student was asked why he loved the school so much, he said, “Because I feel like I learn something every day and I really learn it. I don’t just memorize something and tell the teacher what she wants me to say. I get to really figure things out and think and explain and talk about it all. It just makes me happy to know that it can actually be fun to learn. I used to think that school was just punishment for kids. Now I know better. School is awesome.”
At The Island Academy, students:
are known and respected as unique individuals
personalize their education with individualized learning plans
engage in small-group, collaborative learning supported by master teachers
enjoy individualized support and guidance made possible by the 8:1 student-teacher ratio
learn through a rigorous, integrated, project-driven curriculum, designed to support creativity, innovation, mastery, and life-long love of learning
regularly and purposefully explore, interact, and engage with their community and natural world
Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Interested in learning more or want to sponsor a scholarship? Contact Jennifer Winzeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Seat at the Movies!
Mountainfilm On Tour
FEB 8 | Matinee 4:30 PM & Gala 7:15 PM
Join The Island Academy of Hilton Head for an afternoon and evening of inspiring and captivating films, handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.
Mountainfilm on Tour in Hilton Head will feature a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed, and enlightening documentary short films that align with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.
A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program, providing insight on the films, filmmakers. and subjects. Doors open for the matinee showing at 4:30 p.m. and again for the evening Gala at 7:15 p.m. Students will pass out programs to raise money for scholarships at The Island Academy of Hilton Head.
The Island Academy of Hilton Head Inspires Students through Film
Conversation & Cocktails + Wellness
JAN 17 | 5:30 – 7 PM
1530 Fording Island Road (HHI)
$10 Members | $20 Nonmembers
Join us for networking and some fun as we make fitness our New Year's Resolution! Co-hosted by Powerhouse & Stretchzone. Register here
COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
See pages 18 - 19 for details!
In the Know
JAN 22 | 3 - 5 PM
USCB Hospitality Campus
1 Sand Shark Drive (HHI)
Join the business community in welcoming guest speaker Dr. Peter Brews, Dean of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina as he discusses the statewide economic outlook for 2019, new industry and business education. Register here
Calendar at a Glance
1/4 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Chamber Young Professionals Coffee @ Java Burrito
1/4 | 8 - 9 AM - Public Policy Council
@ Chamber Headquarters
1/8 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM - Business Education Partnership @ Chamber Headquarters
1/17 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Conversation & Cocktails @ Powerhouse Gym
1/22 | 3 - 5 PM - In the Know @ USCB Hospitality Campus
1/24 | 11 AM - Noon - Lunch & Learn @ Chamber Headquarters
1/26 | 6:30 PM - Chamber Ball
@ Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
1/29 | 5 - 7 PM - Chamber Young Professionals - Meet Your Mayors @ Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks
1/30 | 8:30 AM - Maximize Your Membership Coffee @ Chamber Headquarters
1/31 | Noon - Ribbon Cutting @ Island Rec Center
Marriott Vacation Club
Interested in Becoming a Chamber Champion?
Being a Chamber Champion is the number one way to gain business exposure by engaging with local businesses, executives, and community leaders.
For more details, contact Cathy Havens at (843) 341-8369.
JAN 8 | 11 AM - Create Your Business Plan Quickly
JAN 10 | 1 PM - Maximizing After Tax Profits on Your 2018 Return
JAN 17 | 1 PM - How Can Small Businesses Comply with OSHA Standards?
JAN 24 | 1 PM - The Power of Tiny Marketing Actions
JAN 31 | 1 PM - How to Connect with Any Potential Referral Partner or Influencer
Register for webinars at www.SCORE.org.
One of the reasons we became a Chamber Champion is because of the exposure that we get in the community—the high visibility that it affords us, as well as advertising opportunities. We know that when first time visitors are coming to the island, they are likely to visit the chamber's website and it gives us exposure early on to potential customers in our business.
One of the other things we highly value is the events the chamber sponsors. For example, many of my young managers go to State of the Region because it gives them a perspective of business opportunities and things that influence the decisions we make as a business on a day-to-day basis.
The Taste of the Season, the Chamber Ball, and the golf tournament are all incentives that we reward our associates with throughout the year and it gives them a great opportunity to network with other businesses and individuals within the community.
SCORE ONLINE WORKSHOPS
JAN 17 | 5 PM
1530 Fording Island Rd. (HHI)
Visit our Connect Calendar for all upcoming chamber and community events and to submit your upcoming events: hiltonheadchamber.org.
"In the Spotlight"
JAN 26 | 6:30 PM
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
One Hotel Circle (HHI)
Take flight at this year's Chamber Ball sponsored by the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Black tie invited. Register here.
Chamber Young Professionals - Wellness Month
JAN 1 - FEB 15 | Various Locations
$50 Enrollment Fee
Stay true to your New Year's Resolution and get in shape with the Chamber! Join efforts with other young professionals and take part in our Wellness Month from January 1st through February 15th. Participate in workouts from our various fitness members and exercise your way through the Lowcountry. Enroll here by January 15.
Maximize Your Membership
JAN 30 | 8:30 AM
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Learn how to get the most out of your chamber membership through networking, participation, and promotion. Register here
Chamber Young Professionals - Meet Your Mayors
JAN 29 | 5 - 7 PM
Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks
1 Hudson Road (HHI)
Stay engaged with upcoming community happenings and meet the mayors from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Hardeeville. Register here.
Chamber Young Professionals - First Friday Coffee
JAN 4 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM
1000 William Hilton Parkway (HHI)
No registration required
JAN 31 | NOON
Island Rec Center
20 Wilborn Road (HHI)
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 email@example.com or call (843) 341-8375.
Did you know one of the many benefits of chamber membership is the opportunity to share company news, community news, and staff hires and promotions? To be considered for a future Chamber Business Monthly, please send us your media release or business news that will be of interest to fellow chamber members. No product or service promotions/advertisements, please. Send info and JPEG image to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERS MAKING NEWS
Village Park Homes has announced that Debbie Borth will lead sales efforts for new semi-custom, build-on-your-lot subdivisions.
Aunt Laurie’s Recognized as Finalist
for “Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award”
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce honored winners and finalists of its annual Excellence in Workplace Diversity Awards at the 39th Annual Summit at Kiawah Island on November 27, 2018.
The awards recognize companies for their significant contributions to the advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winners included diversity initiatives, effectiveness, and applicability/replicability.
Established in 2015, Aunt Laurie's is a custom gift basket business located in Bluffton with a focus to help individuals with disabilities learn work and life skills. All materials needed to hand-weave, assemble, and distribute the baskets are provided to workers who are overcoming disabilities and undergoing job training at the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department location in Beaufort. Aunt Laurie's is one of fifteen organizations who partner with the State to help individuals learn job skills and build confidence in order to enter the workforce.
Aunt Laurie's has been previously recognized as the national 2017 SCORE Outstanding Community Impact Business of the Year, 2015 Lowcountry SCORE Client of the Year, 2016 Bluffton Start-up of the Year, and 2016 SCVR Contractor of the Year, and the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award.
Congratulations to Laurie Brown, Founder and Owner of Aunt Laurie’s, and SCORE mentor Rod Casavant for being recognized as a finalist for the award!
Read our Featured Article on page 2 to learn more about SCORE.
Ward Edwards Engineering announced that Conor Blaney passed the professional engineering (PE) examination.
Hilton Head Plastic Surgery & MedSpa Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
In September of 2013, David Settle Reid IV, MD opened his plastic surgery practice on Hilton Head Island to serve area residents and local visitors. Dr. Reid, who previously had a practice in Belleville, IL, was attracted to Hilton Head by its natural beauty and quality of life. With attention to high standards, education and experience, uncompromising safety, training, and expertise, Dr. Reid continues to provide a positive experience for his clients. Hilton Head Plastic Surgery and MedSpa is located on Hilton Head Island. Visit www.hiltonheadisland
plasticsurgery.com for more information.
SHARE YOUR NEWS
Ward Edwards Engineering announced that Brad Buss passed the professional engineering (PE) examination.
Award Winners Announced at Craft Hilton Head 2018 Exhibition
The Craft Hilton Head 2018 exhibition at the Art League Gallery of Hilton Head Island was truly a showcase to be seen. Artists from 24 states competed for cash prizes during the craft exhibition, with over 100 high-quality works from more than 60 featured artists. The winning selections were awarded $4,000 in prizes.
Wastewater System of the Year Named
Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) earned the “Wastewater System of the Year” award from the South Carolina Rural Water Association for 2018. The PSD was recognized for several advancements, including: construction of two regional sewer lift stations using South Carolina Clean Water Revolving Fund financing of $1.5 million at 1.9% over 20 years; constructing about 10 miles of sewer mains in previously unserved areas in a partnership involving approximately $10 million in funding from the Town of Hilton Head Island and a $3 million charitable campaign on the part of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Project SAFE (Sewer Access for Everyone) charitable fund; and implementing dissolved-oxygen based aeration to save energy during the wastewater treatment process.
MEMBERS on the move
Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee Accepting 2019 Grant Applications
The Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee will accept applications starting January 15th for grants that will be made to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. To be considered, organizations should have plans for a project to improve health, housing, hunger, or educational issues. The deadline for applications is March 31st. Visit longcoveclub.com for the grant application.
RBC Heritage Honored with Two ”BEST OF” Awards
The PGA TOUR has honored the RBC Heritage with two awards, including “Best Special Event” and “Best Integrated Marketing”. In 2018, the RBC Heritage coordinated a highly successful campaign, 50-day Cheers to 50 Years Countdown Party, as organizers collaborated with more than 2,000 volunteers and fans to implement an integrated, multi-channel marketing approach that combined public relations, social media, paid media, and email. As a result, the tournament generated a nearly 40 percent increase in sales and $20 million in earned publicity. The awards signified the RBC’s excellence among the leading peers on the PGA TOUR. This year, the RBC Heritage will be held on April 15 - 21. Purchase tickets here.
Heyward House Director Receives “Women in American History” Award
Katie Epps, Director and Curator of the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center, was the recipient of the “Women in American History” Award presented by the Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award honored Epps' outstanding contributions to the preservation of Bluffton for digitizing records at the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for easier historical and genealogical research. Doreen Baumann, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s Lead Archive Volunteer, was also recognized for her extraordinary volunteer activities in historic preservation.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Awards Two Community Impact Grants
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded grants to two local organizations. Memory Matters received $120,590 over three years to implement brain health programs to optimize brain wellness and memory care through education, programs, and support for individuals, caregivers, and the Lowcountry community. Second Helpings received a two-year, $36,882 grant to help build relationships with food partners and recipient agencies to further the mission of distributing food to needy families in South Carolina.
The Mayor presides over Town Council meetings and has the same powers, duties, and responsibilities conferred by law on any member of Council. In addition, he represents the Town at official and ceremonial functions; calls special meetings of the Council; executes all contracts, deeds, resolutions, proclamations, and other instruments not designated to the Town Manager, after review and approval by Council; and performs other functions prescribed by Council which are consistent with the Council-Manager form of government. The Town Council is the City for purpose of exercising all powers not otherwise specifically delegated (e.g., to the Manager). (SC Code 5-7-160)
USCB to Host Career and Graduate School Fair
If your business is looking for local talent, whether to fill an internship, part-time, or full-time position, look no further than the University of South Carolina Beaufort. The university will host a career fair for students and alumni who have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to meet the demands of your organization on February 5th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the USCB Student Center in Bluffton. Advance registration is required. Contact email@example.com for additional details.
Hilton Head Island Among America’s
100 Best Places to Retire
Hilton Head Island, SC, has been selected as a top retirement destination in the sixth edition of America’s 100 Best Places to Retire, a comprehensive guidebook of the country’s most appealing retirement towns. The book, edited and published by the experts at Where to Retire, is available online at WhereToRetire.com and Amazon.
Second Helpings Named 2018
PGA TOUR Charity of the Year
The PGA TOUR has recognized Second Helpings, a local organization with a mission of alleviating hunger in South Carolina, for distributing over 30 million pounds of food to the needy since its inception in 1992. The award comes with a $30,000 grant from the PGA TOUR to bolster Second Helpings’ recently-launched Healthy Food Initiative, which supplements donations with fresh produce and proteins. The organization and its 320 volunteers continue to work tirelessly to rescue food that feeds 45,000 people weekly—and the award will contribute immensely to the mission.
Daufuskie Island Named Top
Vacation Spot to Live
Some tourist destinations across the United States also make terrific places to live. Daufuskie Island topped the list for ApartmentTherapy.com as one of five vacation spots to live year-round, alongside Miami (FL), Park City (UT), Palm Springs (CA), and Bend (OR). The article touts home listings under $300K, proximity to Hilton Head Island and Savannah, along with beautiful white sand beaches, art galleries, and great golf. Read the article here.
Hilton Head Island featured as “Small Town Perfect for a Winter Getaway”
The House Method team cast their votes on the best winter getaways in the U.S. The list includes destinations for the outdoorsman, beach lover, and tourist alike. Hilton Head Island was featured as a perfect destination for those who want to skip the summer tourist rush. With glorious 60-degree temperatures, there is plenty of opportunity for enjoying the winter season. Read the article here.
Send us your press release and business news for consideration in our Chamber Business Monthly. Send to: SBurnash@hiltonheadisland.org.
Town of Hilton Head Island Swears in New Mayor
and Council Members
On December 4th, the new Mayor of Hilton Head Island, John J. McCann, and three Town Council Members —William D. Harkins (Ward 2), Tamara Becker (Ward 4), and Thomas W. Lennox (Ward 5)—were sworn into office by the Honorable Carmen Tevis Mullen. The mission of the Town of Hilton Head Island Town Council is to provide the leadership and policy guidance needed to assure that Hilton Head Island is and remains a high-quality community that exceeds the expectations of its residents and visitors.
Plans Confirmed for the
23rd Hilton Head Island
NIBCAA, South Carolina’s Gullah Cultural Ambassador, will present the 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration and Festival throughout the month of February. The celebration will feature a series of events that capture the spirit and significance of Gullah culture, including arts, crafts, food, music, and native dance. Three major events will be on February 3rd, February 10th, and February 17th -18th. Advance tickets are recommended and additional information is available on gullahcelebration.com.
Island Recreation Center Expansion to Open Doors
The highly-anticipated opening of the Carmines Recreation Building at the Island Recreation Center has arrived. Two years after breaking ground, the $15 million renovation has been completed and will be open to the public on January 7th. The center welcomes patrons to use the open gym, walking track, surrounding cardio and strength equipment, along with land fitness classes—all free of charge until January 14th!
Hilton Head Island Named "Best Spot
for Family Fishing"
For anglers looking to combine their fishing adventure with a family vacation, FishingBooker, the world’s largest website for booking fishing charters, just announced the top 5 locations for family fishing in South Carolina, based on a number of factors such as variety of species, overall fishing experience, and additional family activities at the location. Our beautiful Hilton Head Island takes the number one spot.
SC Department of Consumer Affairs' Commission Seeks Applicants
G.E.T. Smart With Our Small Business Growth Series
"Marriott Vacation Club is proud to be a sponsor of the CYP program. We feel it's important for young professionals to be invested in the community they work in. Learning about local industries, building new relationships, and navigating partnerships contribute to long-term growth for everyone.
Since young people are a pillar to our overall success, especially here on Hilton Head Island, we're looking forward to watching these leaders develop and want to be available to support them along the way."
- Rob Welch
Vice President of Operations at Marriott Vacation Club
JAN 24 Cybersecurity for Small Business
FEB 28 Introduction to Human Resources
MAR 28 Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
APR 25 Introduction to Accounting
May 30 Market Research
JUN 27 Sales for Small Businesses
JUL 25 Strategic Planning
AUG 29 Introduction to Pricing
SEPT 26 Crime Prevention for Small Business
OCT 24 Competitive Advantage
NOV 21 Insurance & Benefits 101
DEC 12 Keys to Customer Service
Cybersecurity for Small Business
Introduction to Human Resources
Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Introduction to Accounting
Sales for Small Businesses
Introduction to Pricing
Crime Prevention for Small Business
Insurance & Benefits 101
Keys to Customer Service
The South Carolina State Legislature is currently seeking applications for individuals who would like to serve on the SC Department of Consumer Affairs’ Commission. The Commission on Consumer Affairs is the policy making and governing authority of the SC Department of Consumer Affairs, the state’s consumer protection agency. The Commission appoints the Administrator and is responsible for enforcement of the SC Consumer Protection Code. It is composed of nine members, one of whom is the Secretary of State. Of the remaining eight members, the General Assembly elects four other members from outside the legislature and the Governor appoints four members whose appointments are confirmed by the Senate.
The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Department and members receive mileage in accordance with state rules. Persons who have an interest in, or are associated with, any business regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs are not eligible to serve. Click here for a list of regulated businesses.
Any person who wishes to be a candidate shall file a written notice of intent to seek the office with the Joint Committee to Review Candidates for the Consumer Affairs Commission. The written notice must include the name, home address, telephone number, and email address for the candidate. Incomplete letters will not be accepted. Upon receipt of this written statement of intent, the joint committee shall begin the application process and conduct an investigation of the candidate as it considers appropriate and may in the investigation utilize the services of any agency of state government.
Letters of interest must be submitted to the Legislature between January 11th - 18th, 2019. Operations depend upon having a Commission made up of persons who are diverse in backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. All are welcome to apply. Correspondence should be directed as follows:
CAC Joint Screening Committee | 410 Gressette Building | P.O. Box 142 | Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Join us for our yearlong, small business growth series called “G.E.T. Smart" on select Thursdays throughout the year. Topics address launching, growing, or managing a small business. The format of the class includes a 30-minute webinar produced by the Small Business Administration, and a follow-up discussion with local topic experts. A representative from SC Lowcountry SCORE will also be available to share practical insights. Classes are free and open to the public. Registration coming soon!
To participate in the new CYP program or sponsor a future event,
contact Caitlin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start Planning Today
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the relaunch of our Chamber Young Professional Program starting this month. The new program focuses on connecting and engaging emerging young leaders with the business community through meaningful professional development and philanthropy.
For the past several months, the chamber has worked with a steering committee to assess the needs for the group, and implement a plan to work towards the group's mission: To harness the energy of young professionals through professional development, bridging connections, and community impact. The committee continues to meet to develop and implement events that benefit the well-being and common interest of our young professional community.
Upcoming CYP activities/events in development include:
Meet the Mayors forum - Register today!
Internet Presence & Etiquette Workshop
Free LinkedIn Headshot Opportunity
Table of 10: CEO Led Networking
State Government Day
101 Community Learning Series
Top 10 Under 40 Recognition Program
Thank You to Our CYP Sponsor
Calling All Chamber Young Professionals!
Bluffton Regional Business Committee
Ribbon Cutting - Atlantic Bedding & Furniture
Continuum Medical Staffing
Hospice Care of South Carolina
Jiva Yoga Center
May River Dermatology, LLC
Southeastern Development Associates
Village Park Homes
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Al-Harry Furniture Design
Beachside Hilton Head Island
Bear Creek Golf Club
Go Mini's Savannah
Hilton Head Social Bakery, LLC
Local Money Talks Coalition
Sea Pines Circle Immediate Care, LLC
Caught on Camera
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Clover Glass of Bluffton, Inc.
Custom Security Specialists, Inc.
Giuseppi's Pizza & Pasta - Bluffton
Hilton Head Golf Vacations
Ocean Woods Landscaping Co., Inc.
The Salty Dog Cafe
Willie J. Rice, Photographer
Weichert Realtors Coastal Properties
Conversation & Cocktails - Crazy Crab HHI
July Ribbon Cuttings
Leadership Class of 2018
at Bluffton Christmas Parade
Atlantic Bedding & Furniture of Bluffton
FirstLight Home Care
Huntington Learning Center Bluffton
Peak Performance Fitness Center
SERG Catering & Special Events
Coastal Plains Insurance
Crazy Crab Associates
Goode Vacation Rentals
Wood + Partners Inc.
4M Metals Inc.
Atlantic Pension Planning Corp.
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry, LLC
Congregation Beth Yam
Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge
Gay F. Rothe
Kayak Hilton Head and Dolphin Discoveries Boat Tours
Lowcountry Insurance Services, Inc.
Nilson Van & Storage/Mayflower Transit
Rabbi Dr. Arthur & Ellen Segal Family Charitable Trust for the Arts, Cultural Diversity & Health Care
South Atlantic Bank
The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum
Welcome New Members
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Broad Creek Public Service District
Burke's Main Street Pharmacy
Deep Well Project
Hilton Head Accommodations
Island Fudge Shoppe
LowCountry Golf Course Owners Assn., Inc.
Old Oyster Factory
Old Savannah Tours
Ribbon Cutting - SERG Catering & Special Events
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February features numerous opportunities to celebrate and sample unique Lowcountry cuisine. Whether it's soul food and seafood, barbecue and burgers, or fine dining, there's something to please every palate.
February is Foodie Month!
Visit our Connect Calendar for the most updated list of holiday happenings and to submit your holiday events.
Hilton Head Seafood Festival
Top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music, and wildlife come together during a week-long culinary and cultural tourism event. Hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, the event helps raise money for other non-profit organizations in our communities. For more details, visit hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com.
Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water
FEB 18 - 22 | 2 PM (Hudson's Seafood on the Docks)
FEB 21 | 4:30 - 6 PM (Waddell Mariculture Center)
James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour
FEB 21 | 6 - 10 PM (The Shorehouse at The Omni Hilton Head Resort)
Pig Pickin' + Oyster Roast
FEB 22 | 6 - 9 PM (Waddell Mariculture Center)
Saturday Seafood Festival
FEB 23 | 11 AM - 5 PM (Historic Honey Horn Plantation)
Seafood, Champagne + Gullah Sunday Brunch
FEB 24 | 10 AM - 1 PM (Hudson's Seafood on the Docks)
The Gullah Celebration takes place throughout February, highlighting the history, traditions, and music of the Gullah culture. Join us for three events that celebrate Gullah cuisine. For more details, visit gullahcelebration.com.
Taste of Gullah
FEB 3 | NOON - 3 PM (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina)
Ol' Fashioned Gullah Breakfast
FEB 10 | 8 AM (Historic Cherry Hill School)
Gullah Market: Arts, Food and Crafts Expo
FEB 17 - 18 | 11 AM - 5 PM (Historic Honey Horn Plantation)
Member Directory Listing
Take advantage of your free chamber member business listing on www.hiltonhead
Submit your community events for promotion to residents and visitors on www.hiltonhead
blufftonchamber.org and www.hiltonheadisland.org.
Post visitor-specific special offers on www.hiltonheadisland.org.
(To manage all of the above visit our Partner Portal http://partners.hiltonheadisland.org/
user/login. Questions? Contact Kelli Brunson email@example.com.)
Looking for new ways to promote your business?
Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening
Host your own event and the chamber will help you spread the word. Contact: Beverly Maloney at bmaloney@hilton
Event and Chamber Champions Sponsorship
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for additional business exposure through event communications, collateral, signage, media releases, invitation-only events, etc. Contact: Cathy Havens at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EVENT PROMOTION
Announcement in Monday Briefing Email $150
Submit a color ad (564 pixels wide x 282 pixels high at 72 dpi) with website link for one time placement. (Reservation in advance required.)
Announcement in Chamber Business Monthly (rates based on size)
Submit a color ad for one-time inclusion in our monthly newsletter. Our CBM is hosted on our website, sent through a variety of emails, and promoted through our social channels. For ad sizes and pricing, contact email@example.com.
Social Media Video Profile $300
Includes a 60-second, chamber-produced video hosted on the chamber’s YouTube channel and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Includes chamber logo.)
Chamber Business Monthly Profile $150
Includes a half-page Q & A article with photo of your designated business representative featured one time in our monthly newsletter. (Questionnaire provided.)
COMPLIMENTARY PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES
Chamber Business Monthly
Send us your business news, new hires, and promotions for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAID PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES
Getting in Front of 3,000+ Potential Customers Just Got Easier!
Are you looking for new ways to promote your business to an ever growing audience of Lowcountry business owners, employees, community leaders, residents, and visitors? As a member of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, you can increase your business exposure with complimentary and paid promotion opportunities through the chamber’s communication channels.