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                           A monthly publication of the
   Hilton Head Island • Bluffton Chamber of Commerce      December 2010

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Wine, dine and enjoy award-winning cuisine at Taste of the Season, the holiday event of the year! Taste of the Season offers
culinary samplings from more than 35 of your favorite restaurants.

Don’t miss Taste of the Season, presented by
the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber
of Commerce.

Get holiday inspiration and experience
the innovative cuisine of top chefs as they
compete for the honor of “Best Cuisine.”

    Mark The DaTe!
 Friday, December 3 - this is a holiday
     event you won’t want to miss.

       New V.I.P
      PreVIew ParTy
    Exclusive early entry for special
    pre-tasting event with the chefs!

         New VeNue:
         Hilton Head Marriott
             Resort & Spa

      Cake DesIgN
      showCase &
     sIleNT auCTIoN
  Get a headstart on holiday shopping
  with great silent auction items and
          fabulous get-aways


From emerging entrepreneurs to our region’s largest employers,      PRESENTING SPONSOR:
Business EXPO covers the full spectrum of our regional business
community. Reserve your booth now.

With over 2,000 attendees, Business EXPO 2011 is the largest
business networking event in the Lowcountry.                        EXPO After Hours Sponsors:

This year Business EXPO takes a turn down green street, featuring
environmentally friendly businesses, services and LEED-certified
                                                                    Internet / Electricity Sponsors:
Technology street, a new offering this year is just around the
corner, highlighting the innovative business solutions, products
and services that abound in the Lowcountry.

                   January 19 – 20
           Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa
     Register online at www.hiltonheadchamber.org
        For more information: (843) 785-3673                        Bill Head, Vicki Head of H&H Auto and Patricia Owen of FACES DaySpa
                                                                    enjoy last year’s EXPO After Hours.

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                                                            SHOP LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY
                                                            Shop locally and everyone benefits by keeping dollars close to
                                                            home. The chamber is once again partnering with The Island
                                                            Packet to encourage businesses and consumers to “Shop Local”
                                                            this holiday season. Join the campaign by displaying a “Shop
                                                            Local” poster and make the commitment to spend your dollars at
                                                            other member establishments.

                                                            This holiday season gives us more reasons than ever to shop
                                                            locally, and with so many great options to choose from, it’s
                                                            certainly more fun to take the personal approach. From Main
                                                            Street Village to Tanger Outlets, there’s something for everyone
                                                            on your list to be found locally.

                                                            “Buying local is one of the best ways to support your community,
                                                            especially as our economy recovers,” said Chamber president
                                                            and CEO Bill Miles.

For more information about the buy local campaign, supported by the chamber’s Small and Minority Business Council,
contact Janie Treon at jtreon@hiltonheadisland.org. Posters are available at chamber headquarters and The Island Packet.

3 Easy Ways to Shop Online Locally
  1.    The Upside.com: offers valuable discounts from area retailers and service providers.
  2.    Membership Directory Online: Shop local without leaving home! Find member links at www.hiltonheadchamber.org
  3.    Locally Owned E-tailers: Many locally owned shops and companies host online catalogs. Shop online and still
        “Shop Local.”

The good news is U.S. shoppers plan to increase spending
compared to last year, according to reports from the USA National
Retail Foundation.

Top 5 Holiday Shopping Trends
1. Shoppers plan to increase spending overall.

2. Shoppers plan to spend more on ‘wants’ like jewelry and pamper
   products, than ‘needs’ like basic clothing and small appliances
   (crock pots, blenders) compared to last year. But clothing and gift cards will
   remain strong.

3. Shoppers plan to spend more on ‘non-gift items’ (i.e. stuff for themselves) this year.
   Gen Y shoppers more than any other segment.

4. Sales and discounts are still the most important factor in where to shop but it’s down
   slightly on last year. Also important: service and merchandise quality.

5. 25% of shoppers will use a smart phone to aid with Christmas shopping this year, to research
   products, compare prices, find nearby locations or purchase directly online.

                                    “The bounty of the sea and
                                    Lowcountry traditions influence
                                    my creative style.” Leslie Rohland,
                                    chef/baker/owner of The Cottage,
                                    just over the bridge in Old Town

                                  Culinary tourism is a hot trend
                                  in travel. In the Lowcountry,
                                  we’re not only catching
                                  succulent seafood, we’re home
                                  to first-rate chefs with fresh
                                  local ingredients and our taste
                                  for great food and wine. Our
  easy-to-reach sea island has more than 250 restaurants, offering
  everything from creative southern dishes to four-star fare.

  That’s why we’re featured in Bon Appetit’s December issue.
  Reaching over a half million subscribers, the three-issue Bon-
  Appetit promotion places Hilton Head Island and neighboring
  Bluffton on the culinary tourism map.

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                                                                            choice. Natural gas appliances not only make everyday life better,
                                                                            they’re cost-effective to operate, generally last longer and require
                                                                            little maintenance. In addition to the actual environmental benefits
                                                                            of lower emissions, plus high-energy efficiency, more than 80% of
                                                                            the natural gas used in the U.S. is domestically produced.

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brand exposure, customer outreach, or sales. “Businesses call us to
evaluate their current marketing because they are not getting results.
Many are ready to give up on their social media efforts,” notes Diana
Bourgeois, president and CEO.

The most successful case study is the company’s Networking in High
Heels, started 9 months ago as a social media and networking group.
“NiHH has exploded,” said Bourgeois. NiHH, featured in online
Business Pundit magazine, enjoys a strong social media following and
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businesses work smarter…not harder…to get their word out,” added
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          Save the Date!
Restaurant Week returns to the Lowcountry,           October Business After Hours attendees enjoy networking beachside at JP’s Beach Cafe.
Saturday, January 15 through Saturday,               Left to Right: Mary Doyle, Katie Manley, Janet Perry and Anna Ruby.
January 22.

Restaurant Week has become one of the
Lowcountry’s most popular times for dining
out and trying out new restaurants. Restaurant
Week features more than 50 member
restaurants setting special prix fixe, or fixed
price, multi-course menus.

The best thing about Chamber Restaurant
Week is that it’s a win-win for both diners and
restaurants. Get ready to enjoy a taste of the

                                                     Shellie West-Hodges gets a hand at The Bluffton Business Club’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
  HILTON HEAD                                        Pictured left to right: Ray Deal, chamber controller, State Representative Bill Herbkersman,
                                                     Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, West-Hodges, her father Randy West and Erin Black.
  Hilton Head Island
  made national news in
  Fodor’s: “Hilton Head
  Island is a unique and
  incredibly beautiful
  resort     town     that
  anchors the southern
  tip of South Carolina’s
  coastline. What makes
  this semi-tropical barrier island so unique?
  At the top of the list is the fact that visitors
  won’t see splashy billboards. What they
  will see is an island where the environment
  takes center stage.”
                                                     Linda Gilson owner of The Oilerie Hilton Head Island cuts the ribbon at the shop’s grand
                      – Fodor’s, October, 2010       opening.

                                                                                                C h a M B e R	
   AT ITS MERRIEST                                                                          DECEMBER
   Good cheer and goodwill is the theme for December’s                                      3    Taste of the Season
   Business After Hours at the Old Oyster Factory on                                        	    6:30-9:30	p.m.
   Thursday, December 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
                                                                                            	    V.I.P.	Preview	Party
   Always a popular holiday event, over 200 attendees gathered for last year’s              	    Hilton	Head	Marriott	
   festivities. Enjoy wonderful seafood and fabulous fare prepared by the                   	    Resort	&	Spa
   Old Oyster Factory chefs along with complimentary beer, wine and other
   beverages.                                                                               9    Business After Hours
                                                                                            	    5:30-7:00	p.m.	"	The	Old
   The chamber’s monthly networking social is a great opportunity to get                    		   Oyster	Factory
   together with business colleagues and spread some holiday cheer.

                                                “Holiday Hope Toy Collection”
                                                is the event charity partner in
                                                partnership with WSAV and
                                                Walmart and attendees are
                                                encouraged to bring a new,                  19-20
                                                unwrapped toy to donate to                      Business EXPO
                                                families in need.                           	   Westin	Hilton	Head
                                                                                            	   Resort	&	Spa
                                                WSAV will be live at the event’s            15-22
                                                toy campaign effort and a good                  Chamber Restaurant Week
                                                time will be had by all.

                                             The cost to attend Business After
                                             Hours is $10 for members and $20
                                             for non-members.. To RSVP visit
  Attendees at the Old Oyster Factory’s 2009 hiltonheadchamber.org and click                FEBRUARY
  after hours enjoyed holiday camaraderie.   on “News and Events.”
                                                                                            5    Chamber Ball
                                                                                            	    Hilton	Head	Marriott
                                                                                            	    Resort	&	Spa

                                                                                            17   Business After Hours
                                                                                            	    5:30-7:00	p.m.	"	Old	Town

Pretty Woman Day Spa owner Gwen Santos cuts the ribbon at the spa’s grand opening, joined
by Ray Deal, chamber controller and Lisa Braun, massage therapist.

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WHO’S WHO AND WHO’S WHERE                                                                   NEW MEMBER
                Mary Blaney has                            Sarah Smith joins                HIGHLIGHTS
                been named clinical                        THA Group as manager
                director of THA Group,                     of communications,
                Richmond Hill branch.                      marketing, and public
                                                                                            ByThenet	Publishing
                Blaney formerly served                     relations. Smith formerly
                                                                                                       Donald	f.	Cuniff,	ed.D.
                as clinical director of                    served as director of
                                                                                                   4	Indigo	Run	Drive	#3610
                the Curtis and Elizabeth                   marketing research at
                                                                                               hilton	head	Island,	sC	29926
Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial         The Networks of 11 Alive in Atlanta,                           www.hiltonheadstar.com
Health University Medical Center.             Georgia.
                                                                                            ByTheNet Publishing has created a website
                 Geoff Christman                               Nicole     Bruce has         to serve Hilton Head Island and save its
                has joined Palmetto                            been promoted to Lasik       storied history. Offering free calendars to
                                                                                            non-profits, directory listings, publicity
                Athletic Club as general                       consultant for the offices   services to artists and accepting submitted
                manager. Originally from                       of Dr. Michael Campbell.     memoirs. The firm provides professional
                Raleigh, NC, Christman                         Bruce previously held the    development for adults and online
                brings seven years of                          position of receptionist     accredited K-12 programs for students.
                experience working in                          and technical assistant.
medical-based fitness centers.                                                              Witmer-Jones-Keefer,	Ltd.
                                              Alan D. Kinney has been named                                      Dan	Keefer
Gary T. Bezilla has been appointed            senior vice president of investments for                   14a	Palmetto	Way
                                                                                                         Bluffton,	sC	29910
managing director of investments for          Wells Fargo Advisors Hilton Head. Kinney                                www.wjkltd.com
Wells Fargo Advisors Hilton Head. Bezilla     formerly worked with The Bezilla Kinney
and his team from The Bezilla Kinney          Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo        Witmer-Jones-Keefer, Ltd. is a land
Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo        Advisors which recently joined the Hilton     planning/landscape architecture design
Advisors have recently joined the Hilton      Head branch.                                  firm located in Bluffton, SC. The firm
Head branch.                                                                                strives to create great sustainable places.
                                                               Dr. Christopher              Creative	Wedding	Ceremonies
                 Jonathan Hagins, has                          LeBlanc joins                                   Donna	L.	Jones
                been named executive                          Bluffton-Okatie Primary                    60	Club	Course	Drive
                chef of KingfisherSeafood,                    Care, specializing in              hilton	head	Island,	sC	29928
                Pasta and Steakhouse.                         family medicine. LeBlanc
                Hagins graduated from                         attended medical school       Creative Wedding Ceremonies works with
                the Culinary Institute                        at the University of New      the bride and groom to create a creative
                of America in Hyde            England, College of Osteopathic Medicine      and customized wedding ceremony.
                                                                                            Donna L. Jones, ordained minister and
Park, NY. His culinary career includes        in Biddeford, ME and completed his            notary, will conduct the ceremony and
The Cloister Hotel at Sea Island, GA, and     residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in           complete the requirements for validating
Antonio’s on Hilton Head Island.              Allentown, PA. He is board certified by the   and filing marriage licenses in the state of
                                              American College of Osteopathic Family        South Carolina.
                 Brandy Adams has             Physicians.
                 joined the team at Custom                                                  Goodwill	Industries	of	Lower	
                                                                                            south	Carolina
                 Security Specialists, Inc.   Katherine Cuppia Phifer joins                                      Tina	Marshall
                 as a customer service        Wells Fargo Advisors Hilton Head as
                                                                                                             2150	eagle	Drive
                 representative. Adams        financial consultant. Phifer formerly
                                                                                                 north	Charleston,	sC	29406
                 brings ten years of          worked with The Bezilla Kinney Wealth                       www.palmettogoodwill.org
                 experience as a retail       Management Group of Wells Fargo
store manager.                                Advisors.                                     The organization provides job training
                                                                                            and employment services for people
                                                                                            with disabilities and other barriers to
                                                                                            employment. Over 90 cents of every
                           To submit a photo, please email:                                 dollar earned goes back into programs and
                                                                                            services for the community.

Join the chamber for the 2011 Chamber Ball, an evening of
elegance where you are the guest of honor. Enjoy fine dining,
dancing and more as we gather with friends and colleagues
to recognize important contributors to our community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 5 for a fabulous
gala at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, as we
honor the outstanding individuals and organizations that
make a difference through their good citizenship and civic
contributions to the Lowcountry.

Help us recognize those who through their efforts help
make the Lowcountry such a special place for us all. The
chamber is seeking nominations for three prestigious
annual awards. The Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship
Award, the Outstanding Organization of the Year Award and
the Small Business of the Year Award will be announced at
the Chamber Ball.

Completed nomination forms will be accepted through
Friday, December 17, 2010. Forms are available online at www.hiltonheadchamber.org and at the chamber.

Tickets go on sale this month! Corporate Platinum Sponsors can get preferred seating for ten for $3,500. Corporate Gold Sponsorship is
a table for ten at $2,300. A Patron Sponsor is two tickets for $650 with program notation.

For couples, the cost is $320, with an Early Bird rate of $300. Individuals are $160 or $150 for the Early Bird rate. Early Bird rates apply
until January 14.

For more information on the ball, contact Connie Killmar at (843) 341-8372 or email ckillmar@hiltonheadisland.org.

   THANK YOU!                                      Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Savannah/
                                                   Hilton Head International Airport, Island
                                                                                                      Thank you to The Sea Pines Resort, Red Fish
                                                                                                      restaurant and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront
                                                   Travel, The Jazz Corner, Kelly Tours, Outside      Resort for contributions to the publications
                                                   Hilton Head and Waddell Mariculture Center.        media tour reaching the Northeast, Midwest
  We Couldn’t Have Done It                                                                            and Canada.
  Without You...                                   For our member appreciation Pork in the
                                                   Parking Lot luncheon: Smokehouse for               Thank you Hilton Head Marriot Resort & Spa
  Thank you State of the Region, presenting        catering, Sam’s Club for sponsorship and Vicki     for hosting writers covering the Concours
  sponsor Savannah/Hilton Head Island Airport,     and Bill Head for decorations.                     d’Elegance & Motoring Festival from Road &
  supporting sponsors PURE Insurance and                                                              Track, Bimmer and AutoWeek totaling more than
  Republic Waste Services of Hilton Head Island,   Thank you Fall Select Service Tour contributors:   1 million in circulation.
  contributors The Greenery, Paul Hart at the      Holiday Inn Oceanfront Resort, Arts Center
  Disney Resort and The Westin Hilton Head         of Coastal Carolina, Advanced Sail, Inc., ASE
  Island Resort & Spa staff.                       Gullah Education, Crazy Crab Associates,
                                                   Discover Tours, Coastal Discovery Museum
  Thank you to HHI VCB Meeting Co-op’s             at Honey Horn, One Hot Mamas, Celebration
  Concours d’Elegance FAM Partners: Hilton         & Events, The Heyward House, Jim N Nicks,
  Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Oceanfront    Swept Away Tours and the Select Service Co-
  Resort, The Sea Pines Resort, The Westin         op.

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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Savannah Hardscapes has announced its participation
Spa has received the 2 Tree Award of Green from the State of in the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” being
South Carolina. The resort is the second green certified hotel on      filmed in Savannah.
the island.
                                                    Guardian Angels Sitting Service, LLC referral
The Community Foundation of the agency recently expanded and is offering pet sitting and senior
Lowcountry recently awarded teacher grants totaling companionship in addition to babysitting services for families
$4981.94 through the BCSD Foundation for Educational Excellence        residing or vacationing in the Beaufort County area and
Committee fund. The mini-grants ranged from language software          partnerships with schools and corporations.
to materials to build robots and a readers’ theatre.
                                              The Binyah Foundation has sponsored the formation
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina announced of the Daufuskie Island Merchants and Tourism Association to
that the Art League of Hilton Head will take residence in the Walter   promote the economic development of Daufuskie Island.
Greer Gallery for a three-year lease.
                                              Island Photo and Camera has been appointed exclusive
The Beaufort County School District increased area agent for Fieldprint fingerprint services which provides
the number of schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for 2010        employee-screening services and electronic outsourcing.
according to the South Carolina Department of Education. The 16
schools meeting AYP is a substantial increase over 12 schools in       The Law Office of Jay A. Mullinax, LLC
2009 and four schools in 2008.                                         announced that Mullinax successfully completed two year service
                                                                       on the South Carolina Probate and Trust Code Revision Committee
Merchant Service Center recently donated $1,000                        of the South Carolina Bar Association.
to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity on behalf of
Swipe4Charity. Swipe4Charity is a non-profit service that swipes       Sun City Hilton Head Community Association
pennies from the credit card processing Merchant Service Center        announced that Kimberly Milam Burgess, association controller
and donates funds to local non-profits.                                has earned the Association Management Specialist designation
                                                                       from the Community Associations Institute.
Beach Properties of Hilton Head recently
announced the grand prize winner of their first annual catalog         Hilton Head Hospital has been recognized by the
cover photo contest. Ashlea Parks from Lexington, Kentucky won         American Heart Association as a 2010 Start! Fit-Friendly company
a three-night stay in an oceanfront Sea Crest Resort villa. Beach      for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace.
Properties received over 2,000 contest submissions.

  It was a beautiful fall day in the Lowcountry as
  more than 250 chamber members enjoyed the
  Small Business Day “Pork in the Parking Lot”
  lunch at the chamber.

  The member appreciation barbecue lunch was
  sponsored by Sam’s Club and The Smokehouse.

                                                                   Attendees enjoyed the member appreciation barbecue lunch sponsored by
                                                                   Smokehouse and Sam’s Club.

Did You Know… The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce has one of the highest chamber member retention
                      rates in the nation.

20-29 YEARS                                     sandbox:	a	hilton	head	area	Children’s		
Cypress	of	hilton	head	Island                   savannah	Bank                                NEW MEMBERS
Dr.	Martin	Pauls/Dr.	Robert	savarese            savannah’s	Talking	Tours	on	CD	&	
Goode	Vacation	Rentals
                                                                                             Bear	foot	sports
                                                Cassette	with	Map
hilton	head	national	Golf	Club                  University	of	Phoenix                        Bluestone	strategies	LLC
LInKs	Magazine                                  Wholly	Cow	Ice	Creams	&	Coffee	Beans         Bright	Choice	Medical	equipment
schembra	Real	estate	Group
                                                                                             ByThenet	Publishing
15-19 YEARS                                     1-3 YEARS                                    Cardiovascular	Concepts,	LLC
avalon	Rentals	&	sales,	Inc.                    atlantic	Pension	Planning	Corp.              Carolina	engineering
Community	services	associates,	Inc.             Barbers	of	The	Low	Country
furniture	Direct                                                                             Daufuskie	Community	farm
                                                Biomedical	Precision,	Inc.
hilton	head	accommodations                      Candlewood	suites                            delisheeeYo
sunTrust	Bank                                   Dan	Robinson	hair	stylist                    friends	of	fort	fremont
10-14 YEARS                                     Dataw	Island
                                                Green	Thumb
Jazz	Corner                                                                                  Key	engineering
                                                Le	Bistro	Mediterranean,	Inc.
John	Brackett	Photography
                                                Main	street	Village	Merchants	               Luciana	Boutique
Lang’s	heating	&	air	Conditioning               association
Literacy	Volunteers	of	the	Lowcountry                                                        Morgan	stanley	smith	Barney
                                                nhC	healthcare	Bluffton
Multiple	Listing	service	of	hhI,	Inc.           Porcupine                                    R.	h.	Realty	&	Rentals
outback	steakhouse                              Re/MaX	Island	Realty                         Reliant	Cooling	&	heating,	LLC
Ward	edwards,	Inc.                              shelco,	Inc.
                                                                                             southeastern	orthopedic	Center
4-9 YEARS                                       sunbelt	Business	Brokers
                                                sustainable	solutions,	LLC                   The	Bug	Guy
Beaufort	County	Black	Chamber	of	               Tidewater	hospice                            The	storybook	shoppe
					Commerce                                   Vacation	Comfort	Rentals
                                                                                             Witmer	Jones	Keefer
Claude	&	Uli’s	signature	Bistro                 Walmart	#2832
Clifford	allen	associates                       WiseGuys
Coastalstates	Bank                              Zonta	Club	of	Bluffton
Doctor’s	Care
fresh	air	Business	Promotions
h.e.	McCracken	Middle	school
harbour	Town	Yacht	Basin
hilton	head	Golf	Vacations
Island	Travel
Low	Country	nature	Tours
LPa	Group	Incorporated
Magic	of	Gary	Maurer
May	River	Montessori
okatie	Pharmacy
one	hot	Mama’s	american	Grille
Palmetto	Pediatrics	of	the	Lowcountry
Rabbi	Dr.	arthur	&	ellen	segal	family	
					Charitable	Trust	for	the	arts,	Cultural	
					Diversity	&	health	Care                    Hilton Head International Baccalaureate Elementary School Principal Jill McAden greets
                                                Lowcountry Regional Career Specialist Dave Walker at the Chamber’s reception for area

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