Dear All, 

They may be small, but they are mighty and have a big impact.
We’ve shared before that for every $100 spent at a small business, $68 gets returned to the local economy in the form of salaries, supporting other local businesses or charities, and in local taxes.   
When people think of small businesses, retail shops typically come to mind. But there are also restaurants, repair and construction firms, law offices and financial services, marketing agencies, medical offices, and so much more. Small and local businesses are the backbone of any community, and it’s certainly true here. Small businesses are part of what makes the Lowcountry unique, and why people choose to live here or visit year after year.  
We are proud to once again be a Neighborhood Champion of the American Express annual Shop Small Saturday on November 27. Starting this week, we’ll be counting down the days on social media along with highlighting some local businesses and hosting giveaways. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @hhibchamber. Share your stories by tagging us and using #ShopLocalLowcountry.
In case you missed it, take a listen to our 5 Questions With podcast interview with Tom Sullivan, the VP of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to learn why small businesses have such a big impact on the national economy, and why so many are leaving traditional jobs in favor of entrepreneurship. Click here to listen or subscribe to the Chamber Channel wherever you get your podcasts.
We encourage you to shop small and support local not just during the holiday season, but year-round.
Make it a great week!


Bill Miles,
President & CEO
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce