One Big Italian-American Family Making a Difference
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Chamber Focused on Workforce Solutions
Plaid Par-Tee Wrap
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
It's National Bike Month
plaid par-tee wrap
Lots of plaid everywhere
With great food and libations
and much gratitude for The Heritage Classic Foundation's volunteers, staff, and trustees!
Thank You to our Plaid Par-Tee Sponsor !
On April 4, chamber staff, members, partners, and community leaders donned their plaid to raise a glass in honor of The Heritage Classic Foundation volunteers, staff, and trustees who help make the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing a huge success. Hosted by MidiCi Italian Kitchen, the Par-tee was a great way to celebrate one of Hilton Head Island’s most notable events. Each year more than 135,000 spectators attend the state's only PGA TOUR event which pumps $96 million into our Lowcountry economy.
The Par-Tee started with a ribbon cutting at
MidiCi Italian Kitchen
Want to Join the Club?
Membership in the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island is open to both men and woman of Italian descent, as well as those who are "Italian at heart." Club members generally meet each Thursday at noon for lunch at Flora's Italian Café on Hilton Head Island. The casual environment allows both members and guests to socialize and get to know one another.
Members are free to attend at their own pace, with newcomers finding it easy to make lasting friendships. The group also often hosts guest speakers who present educational or entertaining programs. For more information, use the form on their website www.iachh.org.
Ready to get involved with the chamber's advocacy committees in 2019?
Contact Hannah Horne at HHorne@hiltonheadisland.org.
John Calamari and the John Calamari Humanitarian Award
Italian Wine Tasting? Yes, Please!
ZIN Experience with Italian Flair
Wednesday, October 16 | 5:30 - 8 PM
The Shore House
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Sip some fantastic Zin and Italian wines with friendly folks while watching the sun set. To buy tickets, email email@example.com or at the Wine & Spirit Shoppe at Shelter Cove.
Bring Your Team!
Saturday, May 4 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Shelter Cove Community Park
The single-elimination tournament is a friendly competition with great food and fun for all. Community Bocce teams are invited to play. For more information, contact John DeCecco at jdc3@Hargray.com.
Italian Heritage Festival
Saturday, October 26 |11 AM – 4 PM
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
This annual festival celebrates the rich heritage of the Italian people with delicious food, live entertainment, competitions, and games attracting enthusiastic crowds of more than 4,000. Celebrating its 10th festival this year, the event will also include a grape stomping contest and its annual pizza eating contest.
The club is still accepting sponsorships and vendor applications. To learn more, visit www.iachh.org.
Mangia - It's All-You-Can-Eat!
Italian Sunday Dinner
Sunday, May 19 | 5 - 7 PM
St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church
The club hosts their highly anticipated annual fundraising community dinner with homemade meatballs & sauce, sausage, lasagnas, bruschetta, and more. Last year they served more than 500 dinners and raised money to support their scholarship programs. Purchase tickets at the door.
Each year the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island also raises money to award scholarships to six local college-bound students from Hilton Head Island and Bluffton schools, as well as home schooled students. The six $1,000 dollar scholarships include the Italian-American Scholarship, awarded to a student of Italian heritage, and the IACHH Scholarship. Both are based on need and demonstrated academic success along with participation in extracurricular activities. Scholarship information is available on the club’s website at www.iachh.org.
Whether or not you're of Italian heritage, you're probably familiar with The Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island. A local organization that promotes Italian heritage and culture, the club and its members share a common bond and love for Italian heritage, food, wine, and conversation.
Formed as a charitable service organization, the club’s members also share a deep interest in helping those in our community who are less fortunate and in need of assistance. Since 1990, they have been raising and distributing funds to local non-profits on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. Funds donated by the club are raised through a variety of fundraising efforts and annual events including a Bocce Tournament, an all-you-can-eat Italian Sunday Dinner, a wine tasting event, and the Italian Heritage Festival. Past proceeds have benefited more than 35 local Lowcountry charities.
Founder, Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island
John Calamari lived and worked on Hilton Head for 28 years. He was the owner of ITS Classic for 25 years. A devoted family man, John was generous and loyal to his employees and friends, working tirelessly to better the lives of community residents. He was passionately involved in youth programs, with individuals with special needs, and organizations that benefited the less fortunate.
On an annual basis, in honor of the memory and deeds of John Calamari, the Italian-American Club recognizes a resident of Hilton Head or Bluffton with the John Calamari Humanitarian Award. The recipient personifies John's ideals and commitment to community service. The Calamari Award recipient receives a beautiful plaque and a $2,000 donation to a charity or charities of his/her choice ($1,000 comes from the Calamari family and $1,000 from the IACHH).
Italian American Fundraising Events You Don't Want to Miss!
One Big Italian-American Family Making a Difference
H-2B Visa Cap Raised
In response to a recent request by Congressional leaders, the Department of Homeland Security is releasing an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019. The additional visas will provide substantial relief to those businesses that depend on international workers for seasonal workforce needs.
Celebrate the Winner
Small Business of the Year Luncheon
Wednesday, May 15
Program Begins at noon
Country Club of Hilton Head
Celebrate the winners of the Small Business of the Year award. $30 for members, $40 non-members. Register Now!
US Travel Association Identifies Key Issues for Federal Advocacy
Small Business Week is May 13 - 16
The US Travel Association has named its four target advocacy issues for the year and encouraged those in travel and tourism industries to know the facts. The key issues are:
Rename and Expand the Visa Waiver Program
Invest in Infrastructure
Fix Our National Parks
Renew Brand USA
For more information on these federal tourism advocacy efforts, click HERE.
Lunch is on us!
ADVOCACY AT WORK
The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, along with a vote from the Board of Directors, has added opposition to offshore drilling to its 2019 Legislative Agenda. The action received unanimous support. The position taken by the chamber is consistent with other stances to protect the area’s natural beauty and environment.
The Town of Hilton Head Island’s Workforce Housing Strategic Plan is complete. The 51-page document includes workforce housing definitions, housing targets, and strategies. The chamber is committed to studying the needs assessment, the options put forth by the consultant, and collaborating with the Chamber’s Business Workforce Coalition. Strategies in the study included:
Establish a public-private local workforce housing trust fund
Create a commercial reuse policy
Make town-owned land available
Establish a density bonus program
Expand employer-assisted housing programs
Offer property tax and impact fee rebates
Partner on a home linking/home sharing program
Make rental projects more competitive for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
Read the full report HERE.
Party in the Park
Bluffton Block Party
Thursday, May 16
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Corner of Bluffton Rd. and May River Rd.
Network and enjoy complimentary appetizers and two drinks. $10 for members, CYP, and current Leadership Class members. $20 for non-members. Register Now!
Town of Hilton Head Island Releases Housing Study
Pork in the Parking Lot -
Member Appreciation Lunch
Monday, May 13
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
Enjoy a complimentary barbeque lunch as our way of saying thank you for being a chamber member. Register Here!
Nominate Your Business for the Small Business of the Year Award
Does your business make a big impact on our community? Take a few moments to apply for the Small Business of the Year Award. The deadline is May 3. Finalists will be announced the week of May 6 and the award winners will be announced at the Small Business of the Year Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15.
Submit your application here.
Get Engaged: Attend a Meeting!
Chamber Public Policy Committee Meeting May 3 | 8 AM
Town of Hilton Head Island Council Meeting May 7 & 21 | 4 PM
Beaufort County Council Meeting
May 13 & 28 |6 PM
Town of Bluffton Council Meeting
May 14 | 6 PM
Opposition to Offshore Drilling Now On Chamber's Legislative Agenda
Be a Part of a Week Long Celebration Focused on You!
It’s time to celebrate our small business community during the chamber’s annual Small Business Week. It’s our opportunity to say thank you for your partnership with us and help you meet other chamber business members to help your business grow. We will also announce this year's Small Business of the Year Awards.
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 inclusion in 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.
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MEMBERS MAKING NEWS
26th Biennale Debuts at Art League Gallery
On May 7, 100 artists from 25 states, including South Carolina, will showcase their work for the 26th Biennale at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery. The national call for entries attracted more than seven hundred artworks from 43 states. Top pieces were selected based on originality of concept, composition, and execution. The exhibition, which is the longest running national juried art exhibition in the area, will feature work across seven media categories, including; Three-Dimensional, Oil or Acrylic, Photography, Pastel, Mixed Media, Watermedia, and All Other.
Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding works, selected by Alan Flattmann, this year's Biennale Judge. Flattmann is an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil and watercolor and best known for his work in pastel. His book The Art of Pastel Painting is still widely considered the definitive guide to pastel. He is a Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame Honoree and an Eminent Pastelist of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Flattmann's work has been featured in over 40 art books and magazines, including Plein Air, Watercolor, American Artist, and Pastel Journal.
Flattmann will be on hand to present the awards at a reception Friday evening, May 10, which is open to the public. Flattmann will also lead a discussion on his selection process during the Critic's Coffee event on Saturday morning, May 11. For more information, click here.
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The Sea Pines Resort Receives Golf Digest Editors' Choice Award
The Sea Pines Resort has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Resorts – Carolinas.” The selection, through which the magazine’s editors identify its list of “The Best Things in Golf,” adds to the legacy of The Sea Pines Resort’s golf course collection and the premier luxury travel lifestyle at the legendary Lowcountry destination.
Joined by the highly acclaimed Heron Point by Pete Dye and the all-new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, the three courses at The Sea Pines Resort are continually ranked among the best in the world, individually unique and unforgettable. All three courses have achieved designations as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Atlantic Dunes was named 2018 “National Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
SERG Group to Open Frankie Bones in Bluffton
Hilton Head Island to Become Sister City to Verona, Italy
The Italian-American Club of Hilton Head will be traveling to Verona, Italy on June 19th, for a sister-city signing ceremony. The group will attend a week of cultural events, including the exchange of gifts with Verona’s Mayor Frederico Sboarina.
The sister city agreement between Hilton Head Island and Verona, Italy will allow for a common sharing of interests including language, history, economic development, and business collaboration. There will also be opportunities for student exchange programs, guided tours, summer employment options, and more.
Arts Center to Offer Summer Camps
Summer camp season is just around the corner, and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is preparing to welcome vacationing students to their upcoming art-focused camps in June and July. Full details of all camps can be found on their website www.artshhi.com. A few camps include:
STEAM Tinker Camp (Ages 7-12)
An exciting and hands-on learning opportunity for youth, with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Campers will learn about concepts such as geometry, engineering, circuits, forces of motion, and simple machines while creating projects like “Cranky Contraptions” and “Pendulum Paintings.” (Session 1 and 2 will complete different projects.)
Take the Stage! Performing Arts Camp
(Ages 6-8 and 9-13)
Explore music, dance, and drama in this one week camp. Students will work with professional artists in the center's Black Box Theatre and will be exposed to a variety of performing art forms. They will create a mini showcase performance on Friday.
Mixed- Up Masterpieces Visual Arts Camp
(Ages 6-8 and 9-13)
Students will study folk and fine art from all around the world during this week-long camp. Learning about these works of art will inspire both traditional and unusual 2D and 3D masterpieces. A mini-showcase exhibit/reception will be held on Friday.
The Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group (SERG) is expanding another popular Hilton Head eatery to Bluffton’s Buckwalter corridor. Frankie Bones, best known for a delectable menu of steaks, seafood, and pasta with an atmosphere that pays homage to 1960s Rat Pack, will open a location in Buckwalter Place.
New construction is underway for a 5,400 square-foot free-standing building by the new Kroger complex off Bluffton’s fast-growing Buckwalter Parkway with an estimated opening in December. The expansion will also place the well-known restaurant near The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry, which will be located in the same development. The plans to work with TCL’s culinary school, scheduled to open in 2020, are ongoing.
SERG will also bring its flagship restaurant, One Hot Mama’s, to the Buckwalter Corridor in Bluffton this year. The 4,300-square-foot corner space will open in June in Berkeley Place adjacent to the Cinemark Bluffton movie theater.
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.
Weichert® Affiliated Office Named Top Producing Agency For 10th Straight Year
Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties’ Okatie office has been named the top producing agency for real estate sales in 2018 by the Hilton Head Island Multiple Listing Service. This marks the 10th year in a row that the Weichert® affiliate has been ranked #1 for annual sales volume by the regional listing service.
The listing service ranking follows Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. recognizing the Okatie agency as one of the nation’s most productive Weichert affiliated offices last year. The office was ranked #9 nationally for gross commissioned income earned in 2018. Karen Ryan and her husband, Joe Ryan, opened the Okatie office in 2007. The office won the regional listing service’s top spot for real estate sales two years later and has continued to do so for a decade under Pat Griffith who manages the Okatie office.
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Attends Leadership Institutes
Rotary Leadership Institutes were held on March 9 at Hilton Head Prep: 27 participants participated. The Rotary Club’s District Governor David Tirard and Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island President Larry Sanders were present to welcome the participants. Eleven members of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island attended, including the chamber’s Beverly Maloney.
Outside Brands Hires COO to Lead Team
As Outside Brands continues to grow and expand into new markets with new offerings, their leadership team reflects their expansion and the success of the last 40 years. Recently, the company added a new Chief Operating Officer, Jordan Treadaway, to their team. A third generation Outside Brands employee, Treadaway joined the organization in 2005, working high school and college summers as a reservationist, retail associate, and kayak guide. After graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management with concentrations in Spanish and Economics, she returned to Outside Brands as the Director of Reservations. After spending four years growing at J. Banks Design as Design Assistant then Director of Operations, she returned to Outside Brands and her current position as COO. She is known at Outside Brands as a leader of people and operations, ensuring quality, consistency, profitability, culture, development, communications, strategy, and problem-solving at the organization. The entire Outside Brands Team looks forward to supporting Treadaway and the continued growth of the business for another 40 years.
member making news
Robert Walsh has joined the Sales Team of Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties
Long Cove Club has hired John Soulia as its new Executive Chef
Sam’s Club welcomes Cheryl Collins as Membership Services Engagement Manager
WTA and PTR Sign Partnership Agreement
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) recently signed an agreement designating PTR as an Official Partner of the WTA Coach Program. For several years, PTR and WTA have worked closely together to facilitate formal coaching pathways for tour-level players and their coaches, and moving this partnership forward will solidify cooperation between the two global organizations.
Established in January 2017, the WTA Coach Program has been designed to professionalize, standardize, and recognize the important role of coaching on the WTA Tour. Under the new agreement, WTA and PTR will partner on a number of high-impact community outreach and educational projects, including certification through the WTA Tour Coach Program— with a particular focus on WTA Alumnae, or former tour players. It is expected that the new partnership will increase the number of certified and licensed women tennis coaches worldwide.
MEMBERS on the move
Barry Pepper has joined the Sales Team of Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties
Milena Stephens is new Education Administrative Coordinator for Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)
Two-time Major Champion Stan Smith and Staff To Conduct Three “Super Series” Weekends
The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island is offering an unforgettable experience for tennis enthusiasts with an attractive stay-and-play package. Led by former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Stan Smith, the “Stan Smith Super Series Tennis Package” will be held three different weekends in 2019, each featuring nine hours of instruction from Smith and his staff. All tennis players must be 17 or older and hold a NTRP rating of at least 3.0. Players will be grouped according to their rating.
The ‘Super Series’ dates are May 17-19, September 13-15, and November 28-30 (Thanksgiving holiday). For more information about the Stan Smith Super Series Tennis Packages, including instruction dates and times, visit www.seapines.com/tennis.
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Kelly Ward has joined the Sales Team of Weichert, Realtors® - Coastal Properties
“SeeClickFix” is New Citizen Reporting Tool
The Town of Bluffton has implemented a new citizen tool and program using a mobile application called “SeeClickFix.” This app will allow citizens to request Town services and report service issues. With the app, citizens can provide Town of Bluffton staff members with pictures, videos, and specific descriptions needed to request a service and alert Town staff of potential issues.
The SeeClickFix platform also provides the Town of Bluffton staff members with a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution. The mobile app will also allow citizens to create their own “watch areas.” Citizens can opt-in to receive notifications about all the issues reported in a designated area, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests within that area — not just the ones they report. The SeeClickFix mobile app is available for download on Android (Google Play) and iPhone (App Store). Download SeeClickFix and enter “Bluffton, South Carolina” for usage instructions.
Improvement Council South Carolina’s Best
The School Improvement Council at Hilton Head Island Middle School earned statewide recognition as the winner of a prestigious award recognizing accomplishments in parent and civic engagement. The 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley Award winner was selected from this year’s five finalists by an independent panel of outside judges and announced at the South Carolina School Improvement Council’s annual meeting in Columbia. Created in 2002, the Riley Award recognizes the significant contributions made to public education by the nearly 14,000 local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100-plus K-12 public schools.
School Improvement Councils were established in state law 40 years ago. The Center for Educational Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education provides member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources for community-based SICs in each of the state’s K-12 public schools.
$300,000 Investment Will Help Prepare Local Workforce For Future Jobs
The RBC Foundation and the Heritage Classic Foundation announced a $300,000 commitment over the next three years for the South Carolina Technical College System to support workforce development and skills training across the state. The news was shared at the 51st RBC Heritage Opening Ceremonies by Doug McGregor, Group Head, Capital Markets and Investor and Treasury Services, RBC.
The joint initiative will support Siemens Mechatronic System Certification Programs for faculty at South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges, helping expand the training and certification of these much-needed technicians across the state. This globally recognized certification program will allow for the training and preparation of skilled maintenance technicians for South Carolina’s growing manufacturing sector. As manufacturing equipment becomes more automated and technologically advanced, demand continues to increase for highly trained and highly skilled mechatronic technicians.
The grant will fund the second level of faculty training in the Siemens certification program. The Siemens program provides comprehensive skills certification with a focus on system understanding, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills. It is renowned for producing well-grounded, trained individuals who can easily adapt to changing work situations quickly and appropriately. The Siemens certification is a standard used by many of South Carolina’s well-known manufacturing companies including Boeing, BMW, Michelin, and Bosch, among others.
Chamber's Senior Leadership Program Applications Due May 20
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program is accepting applications through May 20 for the Class of 2020.
The Leadership program was created to inform, challenge, and educate class members about needs and opportunities in their communities. Each year participants attend meetings, tour businesses and community organizations, and hear from local and regional leaders. They also work on a community-focused class project identified and selected by the class. All activities help to build strong relationships that often last a lifetime. For more information, click here.
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Junior Leadership Class Prepares to Graduate
The 33 students in the chamber’s Junior Leadership Class of 2019 will graduate on May 9, culminating 10 months of teamwork, learning, and experiences. The students are from six area high schools and were selected to participate through a competitive interview and application process.
The final class day was on April 10 at the Island Rec Center, as local magician Gary Mauer used his creativity to teach lessons in leadership. The students also completed clean up projects at Hilton Head Middle and Bluffton Middle Schools as their class project.
The Junior Leadership Program will celebrate its 20th year with the selection of a new group of students in August, 2019.
Do You Know How To Reach Your Ideal Customer?
Businesses of all sizes know the importance of market research. Collecting data is important because it helps your business better understand your customers and what is happening in the market. It also sheds light on what your competitors are doing that may put your business at a disadvantage. But how do you collect the data needed, and what can you learn through market research?
Get your questions answered at the next workshop in our ongoing GETSmart Business Education Series: Introduction to Market Research. You will learn best practices for how to identify and market to your ideal customer.
The course will cover:
The purpose and benefits of market research
The two main types of market research
Different methods of data analysis
How to collect the required data in market research
Common market research mistakes to avoid
To reserve a seat and receive your training materials email Hannah Horne at Hhorne@hiltonheadisland.org
GETSmart Business Education Series
Introduction to Market Research:
Identify and Market to Your Customer
Thursday, May 30 |Noon
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
The Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) encourages citizens to get involved in a newly initiated S.C. 170 Corridor Access Management Study. The S.C. 170 corridor currently carries an average of 33,000 vehicles per day. This area has experienced significant growth, which has led to increased congestion and safety concerns along the corridor. Because widening the road would be cost prohibitive at this time, this corridor is an excellent area to implement access management strategies to improve safety and traffic flow.
By implementing access management strategies now, the corridor will be able to handle additional traffic volumes, provide safe access, limit signalization to key locations, and provide opportunities for landscaping and multimodal uses. The purpose of this study is to analyze the traffic and growth patterns and to make recommendations on where access management strategies could most benefit the corridor. The study area begins at the intersection of SC 170 at Okatie Center South and includes 4.5 miles of SC 170 to the intersection of SC 462.
To Make A Comment
The study area is outlined in blue on the map linked below. To make a comment, click on the link below and sign in, then click on "Add a Comment" box, move the icon down onto the section of the highway you want to comment on and click to select it; go to the dialogue box that appears and type in your comment. Click here.
Student Musicians Earn Statewide Honors
Students Earn Perfect Scores in
Five district students earned perfect scores in the winter edition of a national vocabulary competition, and three school teams earned Top 10 national finishes. Three Bluffton Middle School sixth-graders, Warren Facenda, Cydney Leon, and Alexandria Larionova, were among only 21 sixth-graders in the nation to earn perfect scores.
Two district fifth-graders, Angela Estrada of Broad River Elementary and Katie Gutierrez of Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, were among only 68 fifth-graders in the nation to earn the same.
Three school teams also finished in the Top 10 nationally, including Bluffton Middle School’s sixth-grade team ranked No. 3, Bluffton Middle School’s seventh-grade team ranked No. 9, and Red Cedar Elementary’s fourth-grade team ranked No. 9.
The WordMasters Challenge is the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students. They hold three meets for nearly 150,000 students during each school year.
Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters materials are created for younger students in grades 3-8. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.
The Bluffton High School Symphonic Band and May River High School Wind Symphony each earned a “Superior Rating with Distinction” at the South Carolina Band Directors Association Concert Performance Assessment at West Ashley High School. This was the highest possible rating and represented “the best conceivable performance for the event and class being judged; worthy of the distinction of being recognized as a first-place performance.”
The Bluffton Middle School Symphonic Band and H.E McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band each earned a “Superior Rating” at the junior middle school event at Goose Creek High School.
The Concert Performance Assessment consists of a stage performance and sight reading. Bands perform on stage for three judges who independently score each performance using rubrics based on state and national standards for music education. Following the stage performance, bands sight-read a piece of music they have never seen. The band is given six minutes to study the piece, then must play for and be rated by two different judges. The scores of all five judges are combined to determine overall ratings.
The Bluffton High School Symphonic Band and May River High School Wind Symphony have been selected to perform in the prestigious SCBDA State Concert Festival in Irmo on May 11. This invitation-only event is open only to high school bands that earn a “Superior Rating with Distinction” at their local Concert Performance Assessment. Out of more than 110 ensembles that performed at SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment, only 14 were selected to perform at the State Concert Festival.
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Three Local Nonprofits Receive Grants
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded $112,518 to three local nonprofits. This is the second of three annual community impact grant cycles the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry undertakes each year. The final awards for fiscal year 2019 will be announced in June.
The Coastal Discovery Museum received a two-year $70,000 grant to develop a conceptual plan for a new facility, including architectural renderings and a strategic fundraising plan. Discovery Museum has reached capacity in several areas of programming, including school groups and exhibition space, making it necessary to turn away some school groups and traveling exhibitions. A new building will help the organization meet the growing community interest in programs and services.
The Outside Foundation will use a $10,280 grant to expand its community-based oyster shell recycling and bed restoration project. Phase I of the program has been very successful; Phase II will allow the foundation to increase marketing and outreach resulting in the recycling of more shells. The grant will also provide funding to purchase a trailer for transport of gathered shells.
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Hilton Head received a $32,238 grant to fund the purchase of five Dragon Medical Practice transcribers, to be utilized by volunteer physicians and five Dell tablets for volunteer nurses. The voice recognition transcribers will efficiently capture patient information, increasing productivity and accuracy. The tablets will speed efficiency. The grant will also fund the hiring of two consultants to improve operational efficiency and analyze collected data to demonstrate the positive impact VIM has in the community.
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Allegiant Begins Year Round Operations at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company in April as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The Las Vegas-based company is investing $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations and plans to begin its base operations at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on June 6.
The new Allegiant base to be operated year-round at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will not only create 66 jobs in Savannah but will offer more travel options for travelers who want to visit Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the Lowcountry, all impacting economic growth.
Allegiant began operating at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in 2015 and with its recent announcement will offer 15 non-stop routes. They currently carry more than 240,000 annual passengers through Savannah.
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The Breeze Trolleys Are Back With More Stops and Longer Hours of Service
April 1 marked the first day for Hilton Head Island’s The Breeze trolley service. For 2019, The Breeze has added new stops and expanded its hours to include late-night rides. The new schedule includes service from 1 – 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 1 p.m. - midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The trolleys will reach each stop approximately every 30 minutes. With new stops added to include the Village at Wexford, the Hilton Head Motorcoach Resort, Captain Woody’s on Target Road, and the USCB hospitality campus, the Breeze will make it easier for residents, visitors, and students to move around the island without the need for a car.
The fare to ride The Breeze is $1 per person, per trip, regardless of destination. Children shorter than the fare box (43 inches) ride for free. Fares can be paid on the trolley (exact change is necessary) or using BreezePass which can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play. The Breeze is owned and operated by Palmetto Breeze and The Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority.
For new trolley times and routes for 2019, visit the breeze website www.breezetrolley.com.
Mermaids on Hilton Head Island?
NationalGeographic.com recently posted an article titled "A Mermaid's Perfect Day On Hilton Head Island." In it, Nina Leipold, The Mermaid of Hilton Head, documents her ideal day on Hilton Head Island. “Hilton Head Island lures people in with its laid back beach vibes and vibrant sealife. Whether it's swimming with dolphins or learning about Hilton Head's aquatic ecosystems, come discover epic fun for travelers of all ages.”
Nina is a local children’s author who runs a Hilton Head Island mermaid business with her husband, Rick. Read more.
Hilton Head for Families:
What to See and Where to Stay
Hilton Head Island is featured in a guide for families on things to see and where to stay for spring break. The online article on thepointsguy.com focuses on adventures for active families and leisure activities for those who just want to relax on a porch swing. Many of our chamber partners and community assets are mentioned. Read more.
Seaside Snacks & Shacks - Daufuskie Island’s Lucy Bell’s Café was featured on Seaside Snacks & Shacks for its one-of-a-kind Daufsukie Island Deviled Crab. Watch now.
Food Paradise - Hilton Head Island’s Backyard restaurant was featured on Food Paradise for its Lowcountry shrimp and grits. Watch now.
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America's Fastest Growing Cities
According to a recent online article on MSN.com, the U.S. population grew by just 0.6% from 2017 to 2018, the lowest annual growth rate in 80 years. But, some U.S. cities are reporting booming population growth in recent years. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-
Beaufort, SC was mentioned as the 23rd fastest-growing city in America. Read more.
Hilton Head’s Coligny Beach Voted
One of America’s Top Beaches
According to a recent article on CoastalLiving.com, Coligny Beach was voted in Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards as one of “The 25 Best Beaches in America, According to You!”
The article states “Coligny Beach is one of the more popular beaches on Hilton Head—and for a good reason. With plenty of facilities to make your trip easier (think a shopping center and onsite bathrooms) and hard-packed sand ideal for bike riding, Coligny should be on the shortlist for your next vacation destination.” Read more.
C & S Cleaning and Pressure Washing
Armor Building Solutions
Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners
Fiddler's Cove Beach & Racquet Club
HarbourSide III Property Owners Association
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
Java Burrito Company
Lava 24 Fitness & Lava Physical Therapy
NAI Carolina Charter
Rhonda Smith at Nerium International
Robert Half International
Route 66 Classics
Skull Creek Boathouse
The First Tee of the Lowcountry
Tourism Leadership Council
Vacation Homes of Hilton Head
WTGS Fox 28 Sinclair Broadcasting
Hilton Head-Bluffton Leadership Class
Sensory Playground Dedication
Town of Hilton Head Island Government's Corridor Committee on tour along Hwy. 278
United Announces New Service to
Hilton Head Island Airport
Huntington Learning Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Adair Horne & Associates
Annie O's Kitchen
Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head
Beaufort County Treasurer's Office
Beaufort Housing Authority
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cambridge Building, Inc.
Courtney Bend Apartments
Cox Industries, Inc.
DX Print & Mail
Elite Resort Group
Evans Hilton Head LLC
Highsmith Construction, Inc.
Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Head
LowCountry Community Church
Matt Lyle Construction
Mermaid of Hilton Head
Palmetto Hall Golf Club - Robert Cupp Course
Premier Properties by Haig Point
Reno Pro, Inc.
TJ's Take & Bake Pizza Company
Turbeville Insurance Agency
Wild Birds Unlimited of Hilton Head Island
Windermere Insurance Group
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Church of the Palms - United Methodist
Collins Group Realty - Hilton Head
Long Cove Club
Society of Bluffton Artists
St. Joseph's/Candler Medical Group-Bluffton
The Great Food Truck Race
filmed on Hilton Head Island
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority
Collins Group Realty - Bluffton
Downtown Catering Company
E.A.C. Heating & Air
Hilton Head Diner
Marleys Island Seafood Grille
Sungate Medical Spa
BO ART INC
ComplyZoom - CyberSecurity & Compliance Consulting. Simplified.
Hilton Head Segway
Impact Group dba Event
Low Country Eye Associates
Lowcountry Speaker Series Inc.
Tracey Gollwitzer-eXp Realty
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Bank of America, N.A.
Hudson's Seafood House on The Docks
KRA Architecture & Design
Welcome New Members
Colleton River Plantation Club, Inc.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours
Hilton Head Financial Advisors, Inc.
J.K. Tiller Associates, Inc.
John Wesley Villas of Savannah, Inc.
Markel's Card & Gift Shop Inc.
Explore History on a FREE Bike Tour
During Bicycle Month, the Heritage Library History and Ancestry Research Center is offering free family-oriented bike tours of historic sites on Squire Pope Road. Hear the story of the Fishing Co-op and their victory over the development of a chemical plant on Victoria Bluff. Visit a Gullah Cemetery and an ancient Shell Ring, the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, and the tabby ruins of Cotton Hope Plantation. All directed by a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide. The tour is 2.8 miles in length and is for adults and children 10 and over. Bike and helmet included! Click here for information.
It's National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the month-long event is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Created to highlight and showcase the numerous benefits of bicycling, National Bike Month encourages men, women, boys, and girls of all ages to get outside and make cycling a part of their everyday life. Whether you bike to explore the beauty of our area, or ride to work or school to save money and help protect our environment, National Bike Month on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton is an opportunity to experience the abundance of excellent bike paths available for all our residents and visitors to explore.
Spin Your Wheels on One of South
Carolina’s Most Beautiful Islands
Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to enjoy cycling in a remarkable natural setting. Rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, it’s the ideal place to spin your wheels. With more than 60 miles of connecting multi-use trails, you can cycle to everywhere you want to go.
Cycling on Hilton Head Island is the perfect way to visit all of the area's natural attractions, restaurants, shopping, and the beach. If you’re looking to ride with a group, local biking clubs coordinate weekly rides for bikers of all levels.
With nearly 30 bicycle rental shops offering approximately 15,000 bicycles for rent—in addition to visitors who bring personal bicycles with them on vacation—the wheels are always in motion on Hilton Head Island!
Want to rent a bike on Hilton Head Island? Click here to learn more: https://www.hiltonheadisland.org/see-do/biking
Want to rent a bike on Hilton Head Island? Click here.
MAY 16 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Party in the Park/Bluffton Block Party
Corner of Bluffton and May River Rd. (Bluffton)
MAY 1 | 10 AM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Luna & Lillies
1401 Main Street (HHI)
MAY 9 | 6 PM
Junior Leadership Class of 2019 Graduation
Park Lane Hotel and Suites
12 Park Lane (HHI)
MAY 15 | 9 AM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Kroger – Buckwalter Place
103 Buckwalter Place (Bluffton)
MAY 15 | 11:30 AM REGISTRATION
Small Business of the Year Luncheon
Program begins at noon
Country Club of Hilton Head
70 Skull Creek Dr. (HHI)
MAY 7 | 8:30 AM
Business Education Partnership
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Calendar of Events - MAY 2019
MAY 23 | 5 PM
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Pulseology Health & Wellness
55 Hospital Center Commons (HHI)
MAY 30 | NOON
GETSmart Business Education Series
Introduction to Market Research: How to Identify and Market to Your Customer
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
Registration: Email Hannah Horne to reserve a seat and training materials firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 3 | 8 AM
Public Policy Committee Meeting
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive (HHI)
Speaker: Frank Knapp, President & CEO, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Information session on the potential sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper
MAY 13 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Pork in the Parking Lot Member Appreciation Lunch
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
MAY 3 | 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Chamber Young Professionals First Friday Coffee
Java Burrito - 1000 William Hilton Parkway (HHI)
For young professionals 40 and under
Free/No registration required
MAY 8 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Maximize Your Membership
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)