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Bluffton Regional Business Council
The Bluffton Regional Business Council (BRBC) 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 advances the economic future and protects the quality of life in the region. It is focused on keeping a pulse on the area’s growing business climate while assisting as businesses navigate through and become part of the local economy. In addition to quarterly meetings, the council plans, collaborates and oversees several special events in Bluffton throughout the year that offer small business educational opportunities, networking and community enhancing projects.
The “BRBC” is led by Chamber executive board member, Justin Rice of First Citizens Bank. For more information, contact 843-785-3673.
Business & Education Partnership (BEP)
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, Warren Woodard, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. For more information, contact 843-785-3673.
BEP Oversees the following programs and events:
- Golden Apple Program
- Project Connect
- Reality Store
- Groundhog Job Shadow Day
- Monthly Meetings on location at local schools
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee provides a common meeting place for the exchange of ideas and to stimulate thinking on civic matters. The goal is to inform, educate and facilitate. The committee brings together community leaders, members and guests who share an interest in what happens in our region, county, state, and nation. This committee meets the first Friday of every month at Chamber Headquarters and is led by Walter Nester of McNair Law Firm.
Junior Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton
Jr. Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton is sponsored by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, to develop a corps of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of becoming successful leaders of their peers and their community. The candidates for the program are interviewed during the spring of their sophomore school year, and participate in the program during their junior year at a high school in southern Beaufort County. It is a competitive application process, as the number of students is limited who can participate. It requires a completed application, three letters of recommendation from community members or teachers and an in-person interview with a member of the Junior Leadership Board of Trustees. Applications for the 2017-2018 class will be accepted in April/May of 2017. For more information contact 843-785-3673.
Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton
The mission of the Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton program is to systematically inform, challenge and educate the participants regarding opportunities and needs in the community, as well as the dynamics and social and economic change; to create a dialogue and rapport among the participants and existing community leaders; and to identify organization and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of participants in these positions.
Learn more. For more information contact 843-785-3673.
Small Business Council
The Small Business Council serves as an advocate for small business members, with a focus on companies with 10 or fewer employees. It also energizes the chamber’s overall efforts to meet the needs of its diverse small-business community. The council hosts small business workshops, sponsors the “Shop and Dine Local” campaign and more. Its premier event is each May for Small Business Week when the calendar fills with networking, education seminars and awards. For more information on the Small Business Council contact 843-785-3673.
Your chamber hosts numerous networking opportunities at Chamber events like Conversation & Cocktails, Executive Connection, Coffee Talk and more, as well as informational workshops and exciting events.
Partner with the Chamber through sponsorship investment of exclusive programs and events during the year. Sponsoring Chamber events will help your company gain exposure and build lasting relationships with local business leaders in the Hilton Head Island & Bluffton communities.
The chamber offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities including informational seminars, Chamber Champions, Chamber Ball, State of the Region, Conversation & Cocktails, as well as industry-specific programs, community involvement initiatives and more. Your business can be sure to invest in programs and events that fit its needs. For a full list of available sponsorship contact Cathy Havens at email@example.com.
- Listing and advertising in the annual Membership Directory
- Yearly subscription and advertising opportunities in Chamber Business Monthly
For more information on these services, email Hallie Martin or call (843) 341-8390.
Research and Data
Information related to Economic Impact Statistics, Travel and Tourism Statistics, Visitor Demographics, Resident Demographics, and Regional Business Statistics is available through the chamber. Visit www.thinkbluffton.org or www.thinkhiltonheadisland.org for immediate access to dashboard information for our region.
For more information on this service, email Kelli Brunson.
- Feature events on website calendars or one of four, seasonal event brochures.
- Advertise to potential visitors in the annual Vacation Planner.
- Advertise on the hiltonheadisland.org website.
For more information on these services, email Kathy Winings or call (843) 341-8363.
- Access to membership mailing list.
- The chamber has partnered with AIG American General to offer reduced cost worksite insurance.
- Rental of the chamber boardroom for videoconferencing, meetings, retreats and training.
For more information on these services, email Joan Delozier or call (843) 341-8374.
Business Assistance Center and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offer FREE business advice for the public.
www.SCMinorityBusiness.net is a database linking minority and women owned chamber members statewide.
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce membership includes the Affinity Partner Program with the US Chamber of Commerce that offers exclusive access to product and service discounts provided by the US Chamber’s affinity partners. Members who take advantage of these programs have an average savings potential of $1,207 a year.