Is Your Business at Risk
When Disaster Strikes?
Creating a History of Leadership
Lowcountry Leaders Address Workforce Housing Needs
HILTON HEAD ISLAND-Bluffton Chamber of commerce
Disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. That means your business is always at risk. Whether it is only for a few days or an extended period, business interruption due to a disaster or severe weather can quickly become a permanent business closure. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses that close because of a disaster never open again.
Positioning your business for ongoing success should always include a written emergency preparedness plan. Often overlooked, a written plan is critical to protecting your business from total loss.
Start with an Evacuation Plan: Some disasters will require those present at your business to leave quickly. If this occurs, it is critical to have a detailed evacuation plan in place. Visit both your town and state websites to familiarize yourself with existing emergency preparedness plans. Review defined community warning systems, evacuation routes, shelter locations, and more. If a printable document for evacuation is included, save it to a pdf, email it to staff, and print out several copies for quick reference if needed. If not, create a document with all the necessary information should severe weather or a disaster strike.
Have a Shelter-in-Place Plan: Certain emergency situations like tornadoes or a chemical incident do not allow for evacuation. Instead, your staff will be required to take shelter either at your business or at a dedicated shelter provided by your town, city, or state. To be ready for this type of situation, you should know in advance the specific requirements of shelter for all types of emergencies and hazards. Then, document relevant shelter locations including full addresses, phone numbers, and directions from your place of work.
Create a Survival Kit: Whether you need to evacuate or seek shelter, having a survival kit is a critical part of your emergency preparedness plan. Be sure to include a battery-powered commercial radio, a NOAA weather radio with alert function, extra batteries, a flashlight, first-aid kit, and whistle to signal for help. Don’t forget dust or filter masks for easier breathing, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to “seal the room.” Your survival kit should also contain blankets, moist towelettes, toilet paper, garbage bags, and enough bottled water and packaged food to last at least one week. Store all in airtight plastic tubs that are easy to handle and move.
Document Valuables and Business Equipment: Creating a written inventory of all your business equipment, furnishings, personal items, etc., is an essential part of your business emergency preparedness plan. If you have experienced any business damage, it will make it easier for you to file an insurance claim. Be sure to include make, model, serial numbers, date of purchase, price paid, etc., for all your valuables and business equipment. Take photos or videos of each for additional back up. Keep an electronic file of your inventory on your computer as well as a printed copy of all off-site.
Safeguard Your Business Records: Backing up your computer data regularly is imperative if you want to access your business records after a disaster strikes. This can be done through online file storage services and with physical emergency backups kept at another site. You should also keep physical copies of important records such as site maps, building plans, insurance policies, employee contact and identification information, bank account records, supplier and shipping contact lists, business asset list, emergency or law enforcement contact information, and other priority documents in a waterproof, fireproof portable container onsite that is easy to access. Have a second set of the same records kept in another safe location, preferably in another town or out of state.
Ensure Your Business Is Covered: Insurance is a must for protecting your business, but not all insurance policies are alike. Understanding in advance what your policy covers should a disaster occur will better position you to prepare for potential losses. You may need to increase your coverage or shop around for a more inclusive plan. If you don’t already have it, consider buying business interruption insurance. It will cover lost income due to a forced shut down following a disaster. If you are temporarily unable to conduct business, you will need that cash flow if your business is going to survive.
Create a Business Continuity Plan: Whether you can return to your business location, or are forced to relocate, having a plan for how you will continue to stay in business will help you keep things on track. Your plan should include specific details such as how you will communicate with your staff, new work processes, procedures, and a designated location or virtual work policy, should it be a while before you can return to your business or store.
Having an emergency preparedness plan is one of the best ways to maximize the detrimental effects a disaster can have on your business. It is a small investment in time and effort, but the payoff is big. Commit today to create your business’s plan for the health and future of your business employees, customers, and vendors. Don’t let poor planning and a disaster force your business to shut down for good!
Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. - FEMA
Emergency Preparedness Checklist and Toolkit - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)>>
Business Asset Inventory - IRS Publication 584-B - Business Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Loss Workbook>>
Bluffton Emergency Management Planning>>
Hilton Head Island Emergency Management Planning - www.hiltonheadisland.sc.gov>>
Is your business at risk when disaster strikes?
Although there is private businesses commitment to solving the problem, it’s not enough. There is an overall housing need for over 3,100 additional rental units in the county over the next five years. The BWC needs your help. There are several ways to be part of the solution.
Business Workforce Coalition
Advocate for Solutions
Housing land trust: Support the allocations of funds designated for development of affordable workforce housing.
Tax abatement: Support bills introduced in the House and Senate that address the local need for federal tax credits and influence how low income housing projects are handled and scored.
Waive or reduce impact fees: Support the offset of land development costs for qualified developments by underwriting site prep and infrastructure costs.
Land leases: Support the redevelopment of unsafe and dilapidated structures.
Rehabilitation: Encourage property owners of unsafe or dilapidated structures to convert the buildings to affordable housing for workforce.
The lack of affordable workforce housing has become a leading concern for business, education and medical services throughout southern Beaufort County. Viable solutions to the issue must be found or the economy and quality of life for Bluffton and Hilton Head Island's businesses, residents, and visitors are at risk.
Convened by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the Business Workforce Coalition (BWC) was created to identify sustainable solutions to increase affordable housing options for our workforce. A cross-industry group of both public and private sector leaders, representing 5000+ jobs on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, the BWC serves as a unified voice.
The BWC is divided into five task forces which include initiatives in the following areas: legislative action, impact analysis, products, strategic partnerships, and marketing.
"As we look at our current economy and its potential for future growth, we must address the possibilities of a diminishing workforce due to affordable housing constraints," says Alan Wolf, Director of Operations for SERG Restaurant Group, and Chairman of the Business Workforce Coalition. "If we can create viable solutions to address this issue, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton will be able to continue delivering the high level of service that our residents and visitors have come to expect."
BWC Meetings are held monthly at the Chamber headquarters. They are organized by Greg Alexander, Director of Public Policy & Small Business, and facilitated by Michelle Wycoff, Vice President, Partner Advancement & Strategic Development.
Learn more about the Business Workforce Committee, and why you should get involved from BWC chairman Alan Wolf.
Join the Business Workforce Coalition: Attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about affordable workforce housing issues, initiatives and solutions.
Volunteer: Share your time, knowledge, and talents on one of BWC's five task force committees focused on improving workforce housing availability.
Committees include: legislative action, economic impact, strategic partnerships, marketing, and products.
Contact Greg Alexander to learn more and attend upcoming meetings. email@example.com
Learn more about what your community leaders have to say about their workforce challenges at the 2018 Unite Workforce Summit.
ADVOCACY AT WORK
Read the Beaufort County Housing Needs Assessment Report: The purpose of this report was to evaluate the housing needs of Beaufort County, South Carolina, with supplemental analysis conducted on seven predetermined submarkets within the county.
In addition to collecting and analyzing various metrics, the report also provides recommended priorities and strategies to address housing needs.
Read our Chamber Business Monthly: Stay up to date on the activities of BWC and our Public Policy Council.
Visit our THINK website: Review all the information we are gathering and sharing in one place.
Lowcountry Leaders Address Workforce Housing Needs
Why did you join the Leadership class?
I joined the Leadership class so that I could broaden my knowledge of the Lowcountry and meet new people. They refer to the program as a “Master’s degree in Lowcountry knowledge,” and it certainly proved to be just that! I made so many connections within my class and in the community that now I can’t go anywhere in Bluffton or Hilton Head Island without seeing someone I know!
What was it like to work on the Imagination Train project?
It was an incredible experience – It was so much fun to take an idea that we came up with spontaneously and run with it. We were lucky to have experts in different fields in our class that all contributed to our project. And, each class member was able to bring forth their own individual talents - whether it related to playground design; marketing and website needs for awareness in the community, fundraising for the train itself, event planning for our two community events, even designing pavers and signs.
What was the best part of being a member of the 2018 class?
The best part was meeting 21 other like-minded people – we’ve become a family, and those bonds will last forever. We were all challenged and have grown from this experience, and we will continue to share our skills and strengths that we found within ourselves as we go on to become leaders in our families, workplaces, and communities.
Imagination Train Arrives at Oscar Frazier Park
Creating a History of Leadership
Chamber Staff Kelli Brunson is 2018 Leadership Class Graduate
On Saturday, April 21st, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Bluffton, the Leadership Class of 2018 held the official ribbon cutting to mark the Grand Opening of the park’s new playground, and the Rotary Club’s 30th Anniversary. To a large audience of community members, leaders, and special guests, the class showcased the culmination of their class project and the arrival of the Imagination Train.
Through the installation of the Imagination Train, the 2018 Leadership class pays tribute to the life and legacy of Oscar Frazier, Sr., who was committed to improving the wellness of local youth. They hope that the train stands as a symbol of Frazier’s work and extends his efforts forward. And, that, through the Imagination Train, children will always feel encouraged to climb, ride, and "drive" their imaginations to new heights.
Congratulations to this year’s Leadership class!
Kate Boardman, Kelli Brunson, Debbie Cahoon, Andrew Davis, Justin Faucette, Kenneth Frazier, Jr., Bryant Gordillo, Sunny Hunt, Cathy Jones-Gooding, Taylor Ladd, David Martin, Kate McCullion, Courtney McNeil, Kimberly Morris, Michael Murphy, Debbie Myers, Jesse Rangel, Latoya Salters, Nicole Schultz, Lauren Sturre, Melanie Thomas, Jennifer Weidner
Working Together For The Greater Good
A requirement of each Leadership Class is the selection and execution of a public service project that will directly benefit the residents of Beaufort County. The purpose of completing this project is to create a functional bond not only between the class participants, but with community members and community leaders too. This year’s class chose to work collaboratively with The Rotary Club of Bluffton, who was already engaged in a larger Field of Dreams project for the renovation and improvement of Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park. The Rotary Club was eager to include an iconic signature structure to the park’s playground. The Leadership class developed their class project to provide that structure through the Imagination Train.
Together, class members raised just over $60,000 in sponsorship and in-kind donations—the most any class has ever raised. They also invested in the project with sweat equity, all centered around increasing awareness of the train, and the Field of Dreams plan at Oscar Frazier Park. Their efforts included participation in the Bluffton Christmas parade, selling customizable commemorative pavers, physical removal of existing materials, and spreading of pine straw in the park. They also held two well-attended “Party in the Park” events.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program began in 1985. It was designed to cultivate local leaders by giving class members the opportunity to study and experience the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, and Daufuskie Island communities, including their history, government, economy, human services, and culture. Its mission is to inform, challenge, and educate class members about opportunities and needs in the community to help them better understand the dynamics of social and economic change.
For the members of each leadership class, the program offers a unique opportunity to develop relationships with members of the community they might not otherwise have a chance to meet. Together they share an interactive and immersive experience that creates long-term bonds that extend long beyond their graduation day.
Hundreds of households on Hilton Head Island rely on septic systems. Compromised by the high-water table and dense underground root systems, some of these septic systems produce an overflow of contaminated waste water that carries bacteria, which can lead to a variety of illnesses. The water also carries detergents, soaps, bleach, and other unsafe chemicals that threaten the ecological health of our waterways, shellfish beds, and marine life.
To help connect these households to the public water system, the Town of Hilton Head Island has allocated over $10 million to bring sewer mains to areas of the Island still unserved. Hilton Head PSD is building the pump stations and serving as the project manager to assure the work gets done. But that doesn’t finish the job – and the Town and PSD can’t do it alone.
That’s where the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry comes in. Through Project SAFE (Sewer Access for Everyone), they are raising an additional $3 million needed to connect 1,000 low-income homes to the public sewer system. Their goal is to eliminate all septic systems that are detrimental to our health, ecology, and ongoing quality of life.
Learn more about the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and Project SAFE by visiting their website at www.cf-lowcountry.org.
Project SAFE to Eliminate Septic System Contamination
Septic System Water Contamination Affects Everyone
When the water table rises, so does the level of unsafe, untreated, contaminated waste water that flows into residential yards, greenspace, and parks. Filled with bacteria, the water can cause a variety of illnesses and conditions that negatively impact our quality of life.
Contaminated waste water carries detergents, soaps, bleach, and other unsafe chemicals that run off into Port Royal Sound, the May River, Jarvis Creek, Broad Creek, the Colleton River, and the Atlantic Ocean, threatening the health of our waterways, shellfish beds, and marine life.
Contaminated waste water and its impact on our environment endanger our brand as a first in class destination. Ultimately, it impacts the livelihood of our workforce who make their living serving visitors every single day.
Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry
Eileen Cavanaugh Notary & Wedding Ceremonies
Equitable Property & Account Management
Farmers Heating & Air Conditioning
GW Services, Inc.
Harbour Town Yacht Club
Hilton Head BMW
Hilton Head Lexus
In & Out Cleaning & Steaming
KShuttle, DBA Kelly Tours, Inc.
Newton Window Cleaning
Noble Jones Tours
Palmetto Heating & Air of the Lowcountry Inc.
Signature Flight Support Hilton Head Island
St. Joseph’s/Candler Immediate Care-Bluffton
Superior Heating & Air
Tennis Industry Association
The Alliance Group Realty
The Lowcountry Radio Group
Wiseman & Reilley, LLC
Salute from the Shore
4th of July Activities
1:00 p.m. - Hilton Head Island beaches. Join the hundreds of thousands of people who gather on South Carolina’s beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover.
The flyover starts at Cherry Grove in the Myrtle Beach area and wraps up at the sandbar on the May River in Bluffton. This year, F-16s from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base will participate, making their way down the coastline to Hilton Head Island beaches.
Happy Anniversary, Renewing Members
Boatwright Law Firm, LLC
Buckwalter Dental Care
Carolina Crab Company
Charter One Realty
Collins Pest Control
CRAB: Coastal Restaurants and Bars
Degler Waste Systems
Hilton Head Insurance & Brokerage
Jones Brothers Tree Surgeons
Old Town Trolley Savannah
May River Excursions
Rowe Spine & Pain Care
Santa Elena History Center
Scientific Turf, Inc.
Shelter Cove Harbour Company
South East Coastal Underwriters
The Juice Hive, LLC
We encourage you to keep your fellow members top of mind when looking for a service or product, a local collaborative partner, or a business referral resource. Let’s support each other to keep our business community strong!
Celebrations Catering & Events
Fraser Construction Company, LLC
Johnson & Davis, PA
Kroger Grocery Store - Bluffton
Progressive Technology Inc
Southern Wine & Spirits
Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island
8:00 a.m. - Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk | Shelter Cove Community Park (Hilton Head)
8:30 a.m. - 4th of July Parade | Harbour Town (Hilton Head)
10:00 a.m. - Bluffton Children’s Parade | Church of the Cross (Bluffton)
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Fourth of July Picnic | Gumtree Rd. (Hilton Head)
5:00 p.m. - Pre-Fireworks Fun | Shelter Cove Towne Centre (Hilton Head)
Fireworks on Hilton Head Island
6:30 and 8:00 p.m. - Patriotic music, Cappy the Clown, Fireworks | Shelter Cove Harbour
9:00 p.m. - Fireworks, Kids Activities, Live Music | Harbour Town
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks on the Intracoastal Waterway & Skull Creek | Hudson’s Seafood House, Skull Creek Dockside, Skull Creek Boathouse (live, outside entertainment begins at 6 p.m.)
Atomic VR Arcade
FAR-CMR Holdings LLC
Hampton Hall Club
Infiniti of Hilton Head
Island Car Wash-Bluffton
Island Car Wash-Hilton Head
Maid For You
Palmetto Cabinet Studio
Principal Financial Group
Rose Hearing Group, LLC/
Social Scene Entertainment
Together As One
Vaden Nissan of Hilton Head
Budget Blinds of the Lowcountry
Children's Relief Fund
CPC Yellow Pages
Farmers Market of Bluffton (open seasonally)
Hilton Head Island Community Church
Palmetto Exterminators, Inc.
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Sea Grass Grille
Up the Creek Pub & Grill
Carolina Contractors, Inc.
Commander Zodiac, Inc.
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
Distinctive Granite & Marble
Gray's Heating, Air Conditioning & Appliance
Hilton Head Moving & Storage
Kenneth Kowalyk, D.M.D.
Moss Creek Owners Association
Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association
NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank
Optical Solutions, Inc.
South State Bank
The Children's Center, Inc.
USCB Small Business Development Center
Welcome New Members
Interested in holding a ribbon cutting at your place of business? Contact Beverly Maloney 843-341-8375
RIBBON CUTTINGS & GRAND OPENINGS
SEP 20 | Time TBD | Westin (HHI)
Celebrate the end of summer, and learn about top tourism- focused research, travel trends, and more. Event will be followed by the September Conversation & Cocktails. More details to follow.
Palmetto Breeze Trolley Service
JUL 16 | 9:30 a.m.
Shelter Cove Community Park
Shelter Cove Towne Centre (HHI)
Vaden Nissan of Hilton Head
JUL 26 | 4 p.m.
200 Fording Island Rd, (Bluffton)
JUL 19 | 5:30 p.m.
1 Dillon Rd, (HHI)
Marketing Your Business
JUL 10 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to analyze the competition, develop a pricing strategy, identify your target markets, perform a SWOT, and more.
The Spirited Hand - June 8th
Synovus - June 6th
JUL 25 | 8:30 a.m.
1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
Learn more about the many ways you can leverage your chamber membership for maximum business success. Find out how to connect with other members, increase your visibility, and deepen your business knowledge to positively impact ongoing success. This coffee is open to all chamber members and invited guests.
MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Conversation & Cocktails + a Movie
JUL 25 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Join us at this month's Conversation & Cocktails at the newly renovated Cinemark theater in Bluffton. You'll have the opportunity to make new contacts, renew acquaintances and exchange business information, and attend a complimentary private viewing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! at 7 p.m.
Don't forget to invite your co-workers and friends for this fun-filled event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Price: $10 Chamber Members | $20 Non-members
Visit our Connect Calendar for all upcoming chamber and community events, and to submit your upcoming events. www.hiltonheadchamber.org.
Ribbon Cuttings Caught on Camera
Thrive Women's Conference
SEP 5 - 6 | Sonesta Resort (HHI)
The Thrive Lowcountry Women’s Conference is back! This annual event provides a unique opportunity for women (and men) to learn, network, and grow in their professional and personal lives. The event will kick -off on Wednesday evening with a networking reception, speaker panel, and vendor showcase followed by Thursday’s day-long conference. Tina Tyus-Shaw (WSAV) will serve as this year’s emcee. Presented by SC Lowcountry SCORE Chapter, in partnership with the chamber.
SAVE THE DATE
Workshops are presented by SC Lowcountry SCORE in partnership with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Location: 1 Chamber of Commerce Dr. (HHI)
Registration required to attend
Financial Issues in Starting a Business
JUL 17 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to build your financial model, calculate fixed operating expenses, forecast sales and prices, read financial statements, access funding, and more.
State of the Region
Date and location to be announced soon
The final details for the annual State of the Region luncheon are underway. Each year this cornerstone community event is attended by business and community members interested in learning about the biggest issues shaping our regional economy. Seating for the event is very limited. Stay tuned for the full announcement in an upcoming Monday Morning Briefing.
Summer Breeze Outdoor &
One Fine Swine - June 8th
Infiniti of Hilton Head
JUL 26 | 4 p.m.
210 Fording Island Rd, (Bluffton)
Modern Barn - June 12th
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Jon H. Haldane has joined the Collins Group Realty as a Broker Associate.
Penny Hughey Joins Chamber as Membership Services & Events Manager
The chamber is excited to announce the addition of Penny Hughey to our chamber team. Penny comes to us from Chattanooga, Tennessee and will serve as our membership services and events manager. Her professional career includes banking and financial services, business to business sales, non-profit management, and career coaching. She has 30 years of chamber volunteer experience, winning several awards for membership growth and retention, and has been involved with a very robust Ambassador program at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. Penny also graduated from both the Leadership Dalton and the Leadership Chattanooga program. She is a highly sought-after trainer and public speaker who earned the nickname “Networking Ninja” for her deep knowledge of relationship building. Her love for Hilton Head Island and lowcountry culture runs deep with ties to the area since birth. Welcome, Penny!
Bluffton ranks in Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in America
Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel, announced their 2018 Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in America 2018. Bluffton, SC came in at #5. Way to go, Bluffton!
Association of Chamber of Commerce
Executives Announces Winners
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce was a winner in this year’s ACCE Membership Achievement Awards. Ranked by revenue range, we were acknowledged as in the top ten for both new member and existing member retention.
Julie Esworthy has joined United WebWorks as a client adviser.
Amy Graybill is the new finance manager at Hilton Head Public Service District.
The Chamber Welcomes
Our Summer Interns
Shelby Wielgus and Rachel Acquaviva are this summer’s interns at the chamber. Both are attending Elon University and majoring in communications. Shelby’s focus is Communication Design and Business Administration. Rachel’s is Strategic Communications. They will be with us until mid-August working on a variety of projects. Please say hello when you see them around the office or chamber events!
New Gallery Exhibit for July
Gerry Díaz presents “Renacimiento” at The Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery July 2 - August 5 with opening reception from 3-5 p.m. on July 8th. The show focuses on Díaz's fascination with the human figure in a variety of mediums.
New Jet Service at HHI Airport
Beginning July 5th, American Airlines will operate jet service on its nonstop route from Hilton Head Island to Charlotte. American will transition from its current Dash-8 turboprop service to Embraer 175 regional jet service.
Natalie Diroma has joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Coastal Properties sales team.
Daufuskie Island’s Recognition is “Epic”
National Geographic Traveler Magazine picked Daufuskie Island and Tour Daufuskie, LLC as one of 18 grand family getaways for an "Epic Summer" in its June/July 2018 issuue.
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
2018 Best Places to
Retire List is In
Each year Forbes Magazine publishes a list of the 25 Best Places to Retire. This year Bluffton was chosen out of 600 cities across the country with “top marks” for walkability.
Margaret Crenshaw has joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Coastal Properties sales team.
Synovus Transition Has Begun
NBSC today begins transitioning to the Synovus brand throughout South Carolina. NBSC is the last of 26 non-Synovus branded bank divisions to complete the five-state brand transition which began in January of this year.
New Executive Chef for Harbour Town
Chef Farid Ahmed has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef, Harbour Town.
Farid—who has been Chef de Cuisine at Links, an American Grill, since joining The Sea Pines Resort in February 2017—will remain responsible for the culinary offerings at Links while also directing the cuisine at the award-winning Inn & Club at Harbour Town, including in-room dining, banquet operations, conference center, Harbour Town Bakery & Café, and Sundeck Café.
Wes J.T. Kitashima, CMP
Senior Sales Manager
Area of expertise: corporate, state associations, regional associations, in Southeast & West Coast, sports groups and international wholesalers in South America (843) 341-8360
Director of Sales
Area of expertise: national associations, corporate in Northeast, mid-Atlantic & mid-West and international wholesalers (except South America). (843) 341-8361
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Diverse Venue Offering for Unforgettable Lowcountry Events
From large, recently renovated resorts equipped with meeting facilities to dinner cruises, golf tournaments, oceanfront receptions, and beachside conventions, there are dozens of venues for traditional and creative special events. Venues include 150,000 square feet of meeting space, and accommodations include 3,000 hotel rooms, and 6,000 villas with room for more than 2,000 guests.
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The swaying palms and gentle tides of our Lowcountry setting offer the perfect backdrop for a business meeting, conference, or special event.
For decades, astute meeting planners have chosen Hilton Head Island’s tranquil shore as the ideal spot to impress and refresh. Relying on the Visitors and Convention Bureau and our seasoned meeting experts, planners have peace of mind knowing that every detail is given careful consideration.
With its track record for delivering a first-class experience, Hilton Head Island continues to be a prime destination for unparalleled meetings and unforgettable celebrations.
Let the Fun Begin
On Hilton Head Island, meeting, conference, and special event attendees have the opportunity to experience the same Lowcountry lifestyle that residents and visitors enjoy every day. In addition to golf, tennis, watersports, dining, and shopping, the island also features a variety of arts, culture and history focused activities unique to the area.
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