Rotary Club of Hilton Head
Wants You to “Be the Inspiration”
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Study On Track
Chamber Restaurant Week—It's a Wrap!
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Swings in April 15 - 21
Delizioso - adjective /deli’tsjoso/
delicious, scrumptious, delectable
Chamber restaurant week—It's a Wrap!
This year's Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week was delizioso! Participating restaurants on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton offered specially-priced or prix-fixe menus, signature dishes, new entrées, and old favorites.
to our participating restaurants
for Hilton Head Island-Bluffton
Chamber of Commerce
Ready to get involved with the chamber's advocacy committees in 2019?
Contact Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org.
Looking to Expand Your Workforce?
Bills We're Watching in
the SC Legislature
As your business advocate, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is keeping its eyes on several bills currently in the South Carolina Legislature.
Education: H3759 is a comprehensive education reform bill addressing several issues, including teacher pay, district consolidation, and workforce needs.
Tax Reform: Multiple bills aim to overhaul SC’s system for sales, income, and business license taxes. Property tax reform is also being discussed.
Sunday Liquor Sales: H3082 would allow a county with heavy tourism revenue ($1m+) to hold a referendum on whether to allow for Sunday liquor sales.
Auxiliary Container Bill: S394 would give the state legislature exclusive authority to regulate the use or restriction of auxiliary containers, such as plastic bags.
The pursuit of workforce housing is a critical part of workforce development, which the Town of Hilton Head Island's Town Council adopted as a key priority for 2018 and 2019.
In an effort to complete a workforce housing study, the town organized nearly a dozen local meetings in February with housing consultant, Lisa Sturtevant. During the meetings, Ms. Sturtevant discussed the island’s workforce housing needs, those affected most in sectors of education, healthcare, hospitality, and first responders. Click here to view the full presentation.
The chamber’s Business Workforce Coalition, a cross-industry group of both public and private sector leaders, representing 5000+ jobs on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, is committed to identifying sustainable solutions to increase affordable housing options for our workforce.
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Workforce Housing Study On Track
Chamber Public Policy Committee Meeting
March 1 | 8 AM
Beaufort County Council Meeting
March 4 | 6 PM
Town of Hilton Head Island
March 5 | 5 PM
Town of Bluffton Council Meeting
March 12 | 6 PM
Beaufort County Strategic Planning Meetings
March 14 - 15
Town of Hilton Head Island Council Meeting
March 19 | 5 PM
Beaufort County Council
March 25 | 6 PM
As the chamber continues to work with community leaders and business councils to address the need for qualified workforce housing and workforce development, we understand the current challenge around finding and retaining new employees and contractors.
While we move forward with our efforts, here are some job fairs and hiring events coming soon to help connect potential employers to employees:
6th Annual Palmetto State Job Fair
March 12 | 9 AM - 3 PM
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street (Columbia)
2019 Beaufort Career & Resource Fair
March 19 | 3 - 6 PM
Beaufort National Guard Readiness Center 1 Calvary Lane (Beaufort)
Get Engaged: Attend a Meeting!
Glenn Stanford Wins Ward 6
Town Council Seat
The chamber welcomes Glenn Stanford as the newest member of the Hilton Head Island Town Council. Mr. Stanford will represent Ward 6 after winning a special election held on Tuesday, February 19. He will take over the council seat previously held by Mayor John McCann and serve until the term expires in 2020.
Councilman-Elect Stanford is no stranger to town government having served as a citizen committee representative on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission. Before moving to Hilton Head Island, Mr. Stanford practiced law in Atlanta. He lives in Hilton Head Plantation.
Established in 1967, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island brings together leaders and community organizers to make our local and global community a better place to live. By hosting club activities, social events, volunteer projects, and networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections, the club continues to enrich the lives of participants and make a significant impact on our neighbors and local organizations.
With more than 140 members (and growing), you might already know someone who participates in the club, and you're only a friendly invitation away from attending a weekly meeting to witness progress on their latest community project or simply feeling the group's positive energy for yourself.
These Rotarians are a special group of people and our region continues to benefit from the work ethic of those who provide "service above self" to ensure every member does all they can, when they can, in a coordinated manner.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island has raised millions of dollars for projects that have grown our local economy through
efforts focused on community service, youth, and children—
and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon!
If you would like to "be the inspiration" for others and
become engaged with the club, contact Beverly
Maloney to learn about the many ways you can
Hilton Head Island to Host South Carolina's 2019 All Club Rotary District Conference
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
One Hotel Circle (HHI)
March 22 - 24 | Click here to learn more.
Sergeant at Arms, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Senior Membership Executive, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
"I joined the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island to give back to the community that has been so good to me."
Learn more about how you can get involved with
a local rotary club by visiting www.rotary.org.
More than 50 Years of Community Projects
Rotary clubs around the world work to focus on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. With more than fifty years of community projects, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island focuses on programs centered on community service, youth, and children.
Current projects include:
"Safety Town", a program to teach children in-home and outdoor safety
"Happy Feet", a program that provides shoes and socks to hundreds of needy children each year
Providing books and participating in book reading and literacy programs at the Children's Center and Early Childhood Center
Contact Beverly Maloney to learn how you can contribute!
Did you know there
are 5 Rotary Clubs
located in our area?
Rotary is made up of more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. South Carolina alone has nearly 100 Rotary Clubs!
Here are the clubs located closest to you:
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Sea Pines Country Club
30 Governors Road (HHI)
Time: Thursdays at 12:30 PM
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island (Sunset)
Hinchey's Bar & Grill (South Island)
70 Pope Avenue (HHI)
Time: Mondays at 6 PM
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
The Golf Club at Indigo Run
Club House, 101 Berwick Drive (HHI)
Time: Tuesdays at 8 AM
Bluffton Rotary Club
The Rotary Community Center
@ Oscar Frazier Park
11 Recreation Court (Bluffton)
Time: Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Okatie-Bluffton Rotary Club
12 Sheridan Park Circle (Bluffton)
Time: Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Wants You to “Be the Inspiration”
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280 College Tennis Teams
Coming to Hilton Head Island
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced a record 280 college tennis teams have registered for PTR Spring TennisFest. That is 2,240 college tennis players descending on the island plus coaches, support staff, and parents.
Spring TennisFest is a healthy alternative to the "traditional" Spring Break, and coordinates with the calendar of each school’s break, so that most of the action takes place the first and second weeks of March, but will continue until it tapers off at the end of the month.
Players and coaches love the opportunity to compete with teams from schools they would not otherwise get to play. Exhibition matches will also be scheduled at area tennis clubs. For the complete list of colleges and universities as well as match times and court locations, please visit www.springtennisfest.com.
Court Atkins Group Receives Top
Performer at 2018 AIA Awards
AIA Hilton Head has received a record four Court Atkins Group (CAG) projects across six categories in the 2018 AIA Awards competition. Two top Honor Awards were received for a private transitional resort home (Moreland Village, Palmetto Bluff) and the commercial team's state-of-the-art Lowcountry Kennel. The residential team earned AIA Merit awards for two other projects, including the expansive contemporary Barge Landing home (Palmetto Bluff) and the Longfields compound, a paper architecture entry that remains a concept at this time.
SCORE Lowcountry Annual Awards
SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, held its annual celebration and awards ceremony at the Lexus Dealership in Hardeeville on January 11. The Lowcountry Chapter of SCORE received the honor of being named the South Carolina District Chapter of the Year. It also received the highest rating of platinum for the second year in a row. Read more.
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SCORE Webinars Available on Demand to
Increase Business Knowledge
Tap into the extensive business knowledge of SC Lowcountry SCORE mentors at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce headquarters—or check out dozens of learning topics that SCORE provides online for free:
Lean Canvas: Create Your Business Plan Quickly
The Power of Tiny Marketing Actions
Maximizing After-Tax Profits on Your 2018 Return
Startup Shortcuts - 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business
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Key Steps to Develop and Evaluate Your Business Idea
How to Make Your First $500K in Sales: Harness Your Untapped Resources
Financing Tips to Help Your Small Business Grow
Learn more at sclowcountry.score.org.
Heritage Classic Foundation Awards 10 Scholarships to Area Seniors
Ten outstanding Beaufort County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars with six of the newly-named scholars receiving $16,000 scholarships over the next four years and four additional awards carry a $20,000 opportunity. Created by the Heritage Classic Foundation, the Tartan Club, which distributed the awards, is a group of individuals who share a desire to help others through the creation of scholarships for area students.
Hargray to Acquire Dark Fiber Systems of Jacksonville, Florida
Hargray, a regional communications provider and metro-fiber overbuilder, has announced an agreement to acquire Dark Fiber Systems (DFS), a dark fiber provider in Jacksonville, FL.
The acquisition of DFS will expand its unique network and bring Hargray's full suite of communications solutions and superior customer service to businesses in the Jacksonville area.
Southern Chefs to be Celebrated at Southern
Foodways Alliance “Piggy Back Oyster Roast”
Chef Brandon Carter and the team from FARM are hosting an afternoon of food, drink, music, and fundraising. On Sunday, March 3, eight celebrated Southern chefs will join Chef Carter along the picturesque May River for an exclusive event to raise money for the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). SFA documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.
The afternoon’s festivities will begin at 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of a private home on the May River. Guests will enjoy plentiful roasted oysters from Bluffton Oyster Company, as well as variety of original dishes by Chef Carter and the curated line-up of local and regional chefs. Read more.
Business Education Partnership Welcomes Speaker Rachel Wisnefski
Last month, Beaufort County School Board Member Rachel Wisnefski, Ph.D., spoke to the Chamber's Business Education Partnership committee to discuss her priorities to fund growth through a possible referendum and for school safety initiatives.
The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month. If you have an interest in participating, please email Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org to learn more.
Professional Pickleball Registry Exceeds
1,000 Members in 6 Months
The future is bright for Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR), as the organization finished 2018 with 1,005 members, becoming the world’s largest organization of pickleball coaches. PPR now has members in all 50 U.S. states and is aggressively expanding beyond 11 countries.
As a subsidiary of Professional Tennis Registry, PPR is dedicated to educating, certifying, and serving pickleball teaching professionals and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. Read more.
Coastal Properties welcomes realtor Noel Turner to the sales team for Weichert Realtors.
Wiseman Law Firm, LLC is pleased to welcome licensed paralegal Brooke Messenger to the practice.
HHI Fire & Rescue promoted Joheida Fister to Deputy Chief of Administration / Fire Marshal.
Chamber's Junior Leadership Class Holds College & Career Day
Last month, the Chamber's Junior Leadership class held its College and Career Day at USCB. Among the speakers helping them navigate college applications and skills training opportunities was Beaufort County Airports Director Jon Rembold. Jon spoke to the young people about his early opportunity to attend the US Naval Academy and his successful military career. Thanks to Jon and all of our speakers who gave of their time to speak to the students.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Each year, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce sends out a membership survey to all chamber members. The goal is to provide each and every one with an opportunity to directly impact our programs, advocacy efforts, and communication activities. Your responses and input provide us with valuable information to ensure that all are aligned with your business goals, resulting in the highest return on your membership investment. If you have already returned your member survey, thank you for taking the time to complete it. If you have not yet returned your survey, we hope you will take just a few minutes to do so by clicking on this link. Let your voice be heard!
Servpro of Beaufort County is Presenting Sponsor
for 2019 MCAS Beaufort Air Show
On April 27 and 28, the public will have the opportunity to view the MCAS Beaufort Air Show, aboard the MCAS Beaufort. There is no cost to the general public to attend the show thanks to the support of major sponsors, including the presenting sponsor, Servpro of Beaufort County. The show will showcase Naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels!
The mission of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show is three-fold: to promote the Marine Corps and Navy recruiting efforts, to demonstrate the full force and capabilities of our military, and to say a big "THANK YOU" to all members of the surrounding communities who support those who serve and are stationed at the Air Station and in the Tri-Command area. General Admission is free. Premium seating providing the best view of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show is also available. Read more.
MEMBERS on the move
Coastal Properties promotes realtor Kaci Hollinsworth to the Sales Manager for Weichert Realtors.
StoneWorks has promoted Brian Baltzegar to Sales Manager.
Coastal Properties welcomes realtor
Karen Meyer to the sales team for Weichert Realtors.
Coastal Properties welcomes realtor Missy Axe to the sales team for Weichert Realtors.
Reality Store Helps High School Students Prepare for Independence
Each year, Chamber committee members, staff, and local businesses participate in Hilton Head Island High School’s annual “Reality Store.” The students were given a GPA-based salary, and had to use it to pay for all of life's needs, including housing, car, insurance, cell phones, and food, etc. Our volunteers staffed the event and helped the students with a faux check register. The "reality" of what things cost and how to budget is new ground for a lot of teens. This gets them thinking and preparing for the future, learning how tough it is to stretch a monthly income.
Mayor Lisa Sulka Inducted into
Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor
Town Council members inducted Mayor Lisa Sulka into the Town of Bluffton’s Wall of Honor on February 12, prior to the Town Council meeting. The Wall of Honor is located adjacent to the Charles E. Ulmer Auditorium in Town Hall.
As mayor and as a Town Council member, Mayor Lisa Sulka has used her limitless energy to guide Bluffton through a housing boom, a recession, and a recovery which has positioned Bluffton as one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Southeast.
Mayor Sulka’s political career began with her tenure on the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee in 2000. In 2004, she ran and won a town council seat, and in 2008, Bluffton’s mayoral seat. She has remained Bluffton's mayor for eleven years. Congratulations, Mayor Sulka!
Bluffton Assistant Town Manager Selected to Government Leadership Institute
Bluffton’s Deputy Town Manager Scott Marshall has been selected to participate in the 2019 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Gettysburg Leadership Institute held in mid-May. Marshall will be one of no more than 30 senior ICMA-credentialed government managers chosen to engage in a unique opportunity to join colleagues in an exploration of personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, and the lessons of history.
Bluffton Town Council’s New Chambers Named
in Honor of Henry “Emmett” McCracken, Jr.
Bluffton Town Council named the new Town Council Chambers in honor of Henry “Emmett” McCracken, Jr. for his service to Bluffton as mayor, Council member, as well as several other positions during his more than 20 years of public service to the Lowcountry community. The newly-renovated Town Hall and the new Town Council Chambers just reopened and is located at 20 Bridge Street.
McCracken served as Bluffton’s mayor for two years, starting in 1999 and then ran for Town Council, where he served until 2004. McCracken started his local political career in 1993 as a Beaufort County Council member. He served six years and was chairman of County Council during the last two years of his office. In addition, McCracken also served as the chairman for the Board of Directors for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and was the chairman of the Comprehensive Southern Beaufort County Plan.
The Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce recently awarded him the 2018 Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award during the annual Chamber Ball in late January.
Servpro of Beaufort County
Interested in Becoming a Chamber Sponsor?
Being a Chamber Sponsor is the number one way to gain maximum business exposure with local business owners, executives, and community leaders. Contact Cathy Havens at (843) 341-8369 to learn more!
Chamber’s Leadership Program Now
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program is accepting applications from March 1 through May 27 for the Class of 2020.
The mission of the leadership program is to inform, challenge, and educate the participants regarding opportunities and needs in the community, and create dialogue and rapport among the participants and existing community leaders as well as to identify and create opportunities for involvement and placement in available positions.
Interested candidates for the 2020 Leadership class must complete an application, submit three letters of recommendation, and undergo an in-person interview. Click here for more information and to apply online.
"In 1996, as a brand new business in a small town atmosphere and resort area, becoming a member of the chamber gave our company a direct line to the movers and shakers in our customer base. We started our business having to wear every hat , so this direct line saved us both time and money.
As an active Chamber Sponsor, the different levels of sponsorships we participate in helps us to access top level executives at the companies that would use our services. Being in disaster restoration we need that access, and raising our sponsorship investment has become essential to our success.
Today, our ongoing sponsorship commitments are an important part of our marketing budget. We consider the chamber a major part our sales team. I truly believe without the help of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber, our success and relationships would have declined. If you get involved, it works!"
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"In the Spotlight"
SERVPRO of Beaufort County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. They also mitigate mold and mildew from homes and businesses. In 2009, Servpro was awared the chamber's Small Business of the Year. Learn more.
Southern Living Highlights Southern Floor Plan Designed by Bluffton Architecture Group
In a recent edition of Southernliving.com's Home Decor Ideas, Sarah Bartholomew, decorator with the Court Atkins Group (CAG) in Bluffton, shows off a farmhouse style home in Palmetto Bluff. The 2,754-square-foot home is rooted in the Lowcountry vernacular. "The idea was to combine casual materials and a sunny open concept for a home that just instantly makes you feel at ease," CAG says. Read more.
PHOTO BY: J. SAVAGE GIBSON
Bluffton Named #4 Safest City in South Carolina
For the third year in a row, the Town of Bluffton has been listed in the top 10 of Safest Cities in South Carolina. This year, Bluffton is ranked #4 by HomeSnacks, a website that collects data from various sources to help understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.
Bluffton was named the 10th safest city in 2017 and 5th safest city in 2018 by the SafeWise Report. Some of the sources used in collecting data to determine the safest cities include the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, and OpenStreetMaps. Read more.
Junior Achievement Seeks Local Volunteers
Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina will soon begin one of its financial literacy programs at Hilton Head Island Elementary School. The organization is looking for volunteers to help with the effort. The time commitment involves training in April, and then five 45-minute visits to the school to work with 2nd graders. If you’re interested, contact Bette Bronson, Junior Achievement Program Manager at (803) 323-7473.
Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics
Area 8 Spring Games
The Special Olympics South Carolina Area 8 Regional Spring Games will be held at May River High School, 601 New Riverside Rd, Bluffton on Friday, April 5.
More than 400 Special Olympics athletes of all ages from Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort will compete in track and field events. This year, athletes will wear navy blue as they support men and women in law enforcement, "We Back the Blue". Volunteers are needed to support the event through a variety of roles including registration, athlete buddies, assistance with lunch and water, etc. Read more.
Palmetto Bluff Recognized as South Carolina’s Under-the-Radar Lowcountry Retreat
Paper City Magazine featured Palmetto Bluff, in January, as the ultimate swanky Southern escape for porching, complete with outdoor excursions, foodie delights and leisure activities, making it an under-the-radar luxury retreat in the Lowcountry.
According to the magazine, "Porching" is "the art of enjoying the ultimate activity of leisure, involving basking in the cool Southern breeze on the porch of a gorgeous plantation style dwelling—often accompanied by (but not limited to) a refreshing beverage and good old fashion conversation." Read more.
The Inn & Club at Harbour Town included in 50 Most Romantic Hotels in Every State
Reader's Digest recently produced an article on the 50 Most Romantic Hotels in Every State. Hilton Head Island's own The Inn & Club at Harbour Town was included. "Whether your idea of romance is soaking in a heart-shaped tub, dancing under the stars, strolling arm in arm through a vineyard, or snuggling as you watch the Northern Lights, the right hotel will set the scene for romance. Situated on 5,000 oceanfront acres, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town encompasses the southern third of Hilton Head Island." Read more.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PALMETTO BLUFF
Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Services to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Allegiant Air has announced that they are expanding air service with the addition of new routes to Savannah from Albany, NY and Providence, RI.
Earlier this year, Allegiant announced four additional flights from Grand Rapids (MI), Niagara Falls (NY), Allentown (PA), and Portsmouth (NH). Travel enthusiasts can take advantage of low fares starting at as little as $38 on 19 new routes. Read more.
Teens for Healthy Youth Shed Light
on Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol
As part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (January 21 - 25), Bluffton High School Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) and the May River High School Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) organizations used technology and trivia to help educate their peers on the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco, prescription pills, and marijuana.
At May River High, the students in THY developed public service announcements to increase perception of harm and discourage use of e-cigarettes to their peers during the week. Click here to view video messages produced by the students.
Old Town Bluffton Inn Welcomes Guests
January 15 marked the official opening of the Old Town Bluffton Inn. Their tagline, "Not just a place... But a state of mind" exemplifies the overarching design and focus of the much-anticipated new Inn. For Larry Leary, who has spent more than 40 years restoring lavish historic homes for CEOs and captains of industry in his native Connecticut, the restoration of the Inn is the ultimate expression of his love for historic architecture. The Inn hopes to attract traveling executives, golf groups, international and regional travelers, and locals curious about a relaxing staycation with walkability into the heart of the Historical Old Town Promenade.
Cast Your Vote for Hilton Head Island to
be #1 Again! Deadline March 4
Last year, Hilton Head Island was named #1 Island in the Continental U.S. for the third year in a row in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Let's keep that winning streak alive in 2019. You can play a role by voting by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time on March 4. When you cast your vote, you are also entered in a drawing to win a dream trip for two worth $10,000, to be planned by a T+L A-List Agent. Be sure to answer that you've traveled to South Carolina.
Promote voting to your customers and friends!
Do YOu have a holiday event you would like to list on our Connect Calendar? Click here!
ACSIA Partners, LLC
Aerial Adventure Hilton Head
A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant
Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
Berkeley Hall Club
Bluffton Family Seafood House
Bluffton Oyster Company
Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Clinical Intelligence, LLC
Gifted Hilton Head
Harbour Health Insurance Solutions, LLC
LowCountry InsideTrack, Ltd.
LUX~A Medical Spa
Studio One Awards
"The Sandbox" on Hilton Head Island is Recognized as a Fun Place for the Whole Family
The Palmetto State is home to many museums, but you won’t find another quite like The Sandbox. This hands-on place to learn and play is an interactive museum in the Lowcountry where even adults have a blast. Designed for toddlers and elementary school-aged children, the activities here provide hours and hours of fun. Don’t be surprised if your kids/grandkids don’t want to leave when it’s time to go. Read more.
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
H.O.P.E. Lymphedema & Rehabilitation
I Design LLC
Patrick J. Murphy, ESQ.
Looking for a service or product, a local collaborative partner,
or a business referral resource?
Use our Member Directory to support other chamber members!
Charlie's L'etoile Verte, Inc.
Coastal Plains Insurance of the Lowcountry
Golden Bear Golf Club
H.E. McCracken Middle School
Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival
Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe
Jackson Maintenance & Electric, Inc.
Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society
Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island by Vacasa
SVN Commercial Real Estate
Travel + Leisure Names Bluffton, SC, a
"Best Place" to Travel in April
Many local residents already know the charm, activities, food, and beauty Bluffton offers! The recognition just got bigger, as the town was named one of 13 destinations to visit this April by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Set against the Lowcountry backdrop with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, thanks to the mid-70s temperature and plenty of things to do, Bluffton has certainly earned this spot on the list. To read the entire online article, click here.
Visit our Connect Calendar for the most updated list of holiday happenings and to submit your holiday events.
Hilton Head Fitness Coach Says Tabata Training Will Help to Shed Those Extra Pounds
In an article on fitness by Popsugar.com, David Chesworth, a certified personal trainer and wellness coach at Hilton Head Health, provides advice on the best practices for shedding extra pounds. A combination of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), called Tabata, and the right nutrition plan, he states are key. Tabata is one of the most popular forms of HIIT training, involving 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest repeated eight times. Three rounds of Tabata lasts 12 minutes. Read more.
Built Right Homes
Burnt Church Distillery, LLC
Carolina Car Wash
Every Second Counts ESC Escape Room
Gale Warning Private Fishing Charters
Hilton Head Discount Golf
Hilton Head Island Airport
Hilton Head Speed Boat Tours
Now We’re Talking Therapy Services
Pulseology Health and Wellness
Re/Max Island Realty
Sullivan Group HR
The Centers at Palm Key
The Hilton Head Island Bridge Association
Burr Forman McNair
United Way of the Lowcountry
Ashley's Business Solutions, Inc.
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
Palmetto Sands Vacation Rentals
Powerhouse Gym Family Fitness
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)
Randy Jeffcoat Builders, Inc.
RE/MAX Island Realty - Hilton Head Island, Bluffton & Beaufort
Walmart Supercenter Hardeeville (Store #2832)
Welcome New Members
AFLAC of the Lowcountry
Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning
Fraum Chiropractic Life Center, P.A.
Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Low Country
Riedel Computer Services, Inc.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
The Literacy Center
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Meet the Competitors
The 20 pianists who will compete were selected from 227 applicants.
They are: Hannah Byun, age 24 (Canada), Junhui Chen, age 24 (China), Yi-Yang Chen, age 28 (Taiwan), Jonathan Ferrucci, age 24 (Italy/Australia), Anna Han, age 22 (United States), Yun Chih Hsu, age 21 (Taiwan), Tzu-Yin Huang, age 29 (Taiwan), Do-Hyun Kim, age 24 (South Korea), Daria Kiseleva, age 29 (Russia), Jakub Kuszlik, age 21 (Poland), Jocelyn Lai, age 27 (Canada), Hoyel Lee, age 29 (South Korea), Priscila Navarro, age 24 (Peru), Arisa Onoda, age 22 (Japan), Chaeyoung Park, age 21 (South Korea), Wenting Shi, age 26 (China), Alexey Sychev, age 30 (Russia), Zitong Wang, age 19 (China), Yuchong Wu, age 22 (China), Suah Ye, age 18 (South Korea).
Competitor biographies are available on the HHIPC website at www.hhipc.org.
The Road to Carnegie Hall begins in Hilton Head
The Hilton Head International Piano Competition (HHIPC) announced the selection of the 20 competitors for the 2019 competition to be held March 11 - 18. This elite group of international pianists, ages 18 – 30, was selected from a record number of 227 applicants from 31 countries. The 20 finalists representing Canada, South Korea, Russia, United States, Peru Australia, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and China were chosen by the Competitor Selection Jury composed of internationally recognized pianists, Alan Chow, Chair, Nancy Weems, and Jonathan Bass.
The 23rd HHIPC will begin with pianists competing in four days of competition at a new venue, Central Church, March 11 – 14. It will continue with a round for six semi-finalists at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 16, and conclude with the Finals featuring three pianists, each performing a full piano concerto with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) conducted by John Morris Russell on Monday, March 18. The Finalists compete for $34,000 in cash prizes plus concerts, including a return engagement with the HHSO next season and a performance at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2019. The winner is entitled to record a CD to be produced and distributed on the Archiv/Steinway & Sons label.
Started in 1996, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition is presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.
RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing Swings in April 15 - 21
Pros, party and plaid! That’s the theme of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and what’s drawn fans and families to Hilton Head Island from near and far for more than 50 years. The 51st Annual RBC Heritage is set for April 15 - 21 at Harbour Town Golf Links.
The only PGA TOUR event in South Carolina, the RBC Heritage, offers world-class golf, new traditions, and this year, a new ticket option in response to the demand of the commemorative Golden Ticket package celebrating the 50th Annual RBC Heritage. Tournament officials are offering the Get Your Plaid On Pack, a week-long badge with tournament swag, including a plaid lanyard with a protective ticket sleeve and a Heritage Plaid cap. The Get Your Plaid On Pack also gets fans weeklong grounds admittance, entry into the Clubhouse, and access to Links rRestaurant, the Pro Shop, the Heritage Pavilion and two on-course hospitality venues. Several ticket options are available and range from daily grounds to weekly specialty packages.
A family tradition, many generations embrace the RBC Heritage as their annual holiday retreat and have done so for years. Juniors, ages 15 and under, are always admitted free when they are accompanied by a ticketed adult.
With every ticket purchased and sponsorship gift made, a portion of the proceeds are distributed to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for our local community members. Since the 1987 inception of the Heritage Classic Foundation, general sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, $41 million has been distributed.
The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing has a long history of supporting military families by offering free admission to all active military and their dependents. Service members who show their military ID card at will call are issued grounds tickets for the day and invited into the Patriots Outpost, which is open Thursday through Sunday and offers complimentary food and soft drinks.
For more information on the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and to purchase tickets, visit their website rbcheritage.com or call (843) 671-2448.
Tickets are available at the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton chamber offices starting March 4 at 1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI), or by calling the chamber office (843) 785-3673.
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TICKETS & MORE INFO
BUY TICKETS: visit www.hhipc.org or call (843) 842-5880
MARCH 14 | 5:30 PM
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
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Ribbon Cutting - Island Recreation Center
MARCH 20 | 5:30 - 7 PM
Conversations & Cocktails
Marriott Grande Ocean Resort/Loggerhead Landing Bar
51 South Forest Beach Drive (HHI)
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2019 Chamber Restaurant Week -
MidiCi Italian Kitchen
MARCH 15 | 4 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
68 Bluffton Road (Bluffton)
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MARCH 14 | 4:30 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Now We’re Talking Therapy Services
1536 Fording Island Road Suite 105 (HHI)
Out & About - Bo Art
Artist & Makerspace Studio Gallery
Public Policy Committee Meeting -
Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors
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MARCH 13 | 8:30 AM
Maximize Your Membership
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MARCH 5 | 8:30 AM
Business Education Partnership
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Speaker: Sarah Beachkofsky, Director of Hospitality Program, Hilton Head High School
MARCH 21| 5 PM
Bluffton Community Library
120 Palmetto Way (Bluffton)
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MARCH 15 | NOON
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lava 24 Fitness at Palmetto Dunes
5 Trent Jones Lane (HHI)
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MARCH 11 | 10 AM
Business Golf Classic
Atlantic Dunes - The Sea Pines Resort
100 North Sea Pines Drive (HHI)
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MARCH 28 | NOON
GETsmart Business Education Series
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
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MARCH 1 | 8 AM
Public Policy Committee Meeting
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Speaker: David Johnson, Chairman, Town of Hilton Head Island Hwy 278 Corridor Task Force Committee
MARCH 1 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Chamber Young Professionals - First Friday Coffee
1000 William Hilton Parkway (HHI)
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