For more information on committees, please call Hannah Horne at (843) 341-8373.
Our Small and Minority Business Council serves our business community by organizing and hosting education workshops and the annual Small Business Awards luncheon. This is the lead committee to host and discuss workforce development, entrepreneurship and growth of our small business community through various events. The council also leads efforts to promote local businesses with “Small Business Saturday”, “Shop and Dine Local” campaigns. The council is led by Chamber executive board member, Patricia Owens, owner of Faces Day Spa and winner of the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award. Contact Hannah Horne by email for more information.
The Business Education Partnership Committee The Business Education Partnership Committee is made up of business and education leaders who join their collective voices to discuss important, interesting and relevant topics affecting our learning community. The “BEP” Committee hosts meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month, open to chamber members. It also oversees special, exclusive Chamber programs like Project Connect and Golden Apple. This committee is also active in hosting luncheons, education roundtables and special events to bring businesses into the conversation amongst educators for greater understanding and collaboration. This committee is led by Chamber executive board member, Ray Warco. For more information, contact Hannah Horne by email for more information.
The Government Affairs Committee The Government Affairs Committee provides a meeting place for an exchange of ideas and dialogue on matters of public policy in our community. The committee meets on the first Friday of each month at Chamber Headquarters. The meetings include special speakers, as well as updates on local, county, state and federal legislative actions. This committee helps develops the Chamber’s annual Legislative Agenda and provides guidance on Chamber positioning for issues in our business community. However, when this committee isn’t meeting, the Chamber is very active in political advocacy through the efforts of its Public Policy Director, Hannah Horne. The “GAC” is led by executive board member, Chris McCorkendale of Hargray.
Click here to view the 2017 legislative agenda.
The Bluffton Marketing Committee promotes the Bluffton region by developing marketing materials, and events to help bring visitors to the area. Contact Brenda Ciappana by email for more information.
The Bluffton Regional Business Council is made up of business leaders in the Bluffton area who represent various industries and interests in the community. It’s mission is to work with members, citizens and elected officials to identify, craft and implement a pro-business agenda that advance the economic future and protects the quality of life in the region. In addition to its quarterly meetings, this council plans, collaborates and oversees several special events in Bluffton, including:
- Luncheons: 2-3 Lunch meetings with guest speakers on topics of interest.
- Coffee Talk: Quarterly morning meetings with guest speakers on various topics of interest.
- Young Professionals: Monthly meetings of young professionals to network and socialize.
The “BRBC” is led by Chamber executive board member, Steve Stauffer of BB&T Carswell Insurance. For more information, contact Hannah Horne by email for more infromation.
The Hilton Head Island Marketing Council serves in an advisory and advocacy role with the Chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau’s marketing program for Hilton Head Island.There are a total of 15 seats on the council, representing cross sections of the Island’s diverse travel and tourism industry. Contact Brenda Ciapanna by email or call (843) 341-8368.