CHAMBER BUSINESS MONTHLY
A monthly publication of the
Hilton Head Island • Bluffton Chamber of Commerce December 2010
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Get Your Tickets Today
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BUsIness In 2011
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TasTe of The season
WIne DIne enJoY
TASTE OF THE SEASON:
EVENT OF THE YEAR!
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
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.
Exclusive early entry for special
pre-tasting event with the chefs!
Hilton Head Marriott
Resort & Spa
Get a headstart on holiday shopping
with great silent auction items and
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LET’S DO SOME BUSINESS: BIZ EXPO 2011
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
HOLIDAY SALES TRENDS
The good news is U.S. shoppers plan to increase spending
compared to last year, according to reports from the USA National
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
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.
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BON APPETIT: CULINARY MAP
FEATURES THE LOWCOUNTRY
“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.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Whether you’re building a new house or renovating an existing home,
clean burning natural gas is your environmentally friendly energy
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.
Magic Marketing USA executes high performance SEO, web design,
A home with natural gas reduces your impact on the environment
and social media campaigns using platforms like Facebook and
without sacrificing comfort and convenience. If you want to make
Twitter to reach customers quickly and effectively. Magic Marketing your home a little greener, while enjoying the comforts of home,
USA has successfully launched business startups and helped ask for natural gas. To learn more, call Parks Moss at 843-815-8808
amplify growth for businesses seeking to jump to the next level of or Melanie Bullman at 843-815-8818.
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
anticipates opening chapters across the country. “Social media helps Natural Gas
businesses work smarter…not harder…to get their word out,” added
Bourgeois. www.comfortableresponsible.org www.sceg.com/value
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ON THE MENU:
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.
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
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.
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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
Blaney formerly served relations. Smith formerly
Donald f. Cuniff, ed.D.
as clinical director of served as director of
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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
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.
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THE CHAMBER BALL: AN EVENING OF DISTINCTION
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.
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW:
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 email@example.com.
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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MEMBERS MAKING NEWS
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.
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.
PORK IN THE PARKING LOT:
MEMBER APPRECIATION LUNCH AT THE CHAMBER
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.
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: THANK YOU!
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
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
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
fresh air Business Promotions
h.e. McCracken Middle school
harbour Town Yacht Basin
hilton head Golf Vacations
Low Country nature Tours
LPa Group Incorporated
Magic of Gary Maurer
May River Montessori
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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