We asked, you answered. Our annual Membership Survey showed that:

  • 92% plan to renew their chamber membership next year.
  • 89% say that the chamber is a strong contributor to the community's success.
  • 75% say they get their information about what's happening in the community from chamber communications.

We also asked about the top issues facing their business and it’s no surprise that workforce – specifically finding qualified people and housing – is top of mind. It’s an issue that’s not unique to us. According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the state’s unemployment rate is 3.7%, which is lower than the national average of 3.9%.
Your chamber is launching two initiatives that play a role to fill that workforce pipeline. We recently combined our Business Education Partnership and Bluffton Regional Business Council committees to focus on developing a chamber partnership internship program for high school and college students.
Our Business Workforce Coalition is also working on an Encore Jobs initiative focused on retirees. More details will come out as these programs are developed.
Advocating for business-friendly workforce policies – such as visas and affordable housing – are also at the top of our
2023 legislative priorities.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this weekend at the
Mad for Plaid Chamber Ball and honoring the individuals, non-profits, and businesses who make a positive impact in the community. It’s your last chance to get tickets; click on the link below.
Make it a great week! 

Bill Miles,
President & CEO