• Our mission is to be the "voice" of local businesses and to provide valuable resources and opportunities. 

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    What's Great in Greater Bluffton....
     
     
     
    Business Tip of the Week:
     
    IMPROVE Your Work Ethic
     
    Be predictable. Show up at the same time. Be consistent. Stay focused. Hire someone to do the menial tasks. Spend time wisely. Grow your business. "Just because you are working a lot of hours does not mean you are working effectively."
     
    Nordbrock, Bill. “Biz Tip of the Week: Improve Your Work Ethic.” Arizona Daily Star, 12 Apr. 2021, tucson.com/business/biz-tip-of-the-week-improve-your-work-ethic/article_637689a5-1d69-5f53-b715-5760f32f2799.html. 
     
     
    Mask Ordinance Update
     
     
    Town of Bluffton: On April 13, 2021, the Bluffton Town Council voted to not renew two emergency ordinances:
    • Emergency ordinance requiring face covering in the Town Limits
    • Emergency ordinance allowing the Town Manager to enact plans and policies related to government services and the pandemic
     
    What does this mean? The two ordinances expired April 14, 2021. While it is no longer mandated by the Town to wear a face covering, businesses/facilities can still require them.
     
     
     
    Beaufort County: During the April 12, 2021 Beaufort County Council Meeting, the emergency ordinance requiring the wearing of face coverings failed to receive the necessary votes to extend the ordinance requiring masks to be worn in public buildings for unincorporated Beaufort County.
     
    What does this mean? This means that beginning Friday, April 16, 2021, face coverings will no longer be required in unincorporated Beaufort County. However, face coverings remain required in all Beaufort County Courthouses.
     
     
    Member Spotlight
     
    We Want Your Feedback!
     
    The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is looking to slowly resume in-person events with guidelines and precautions in place (we will be offering events in a hybrid platform as well). Which in-person event would you prefer for the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to host on May 11?
     
    In order to cast your vote, you must first join the group. Be sure to join so that you can engage with fellow Chamber Members!
     
    If not a member, are you interested in speaking with someone about Chamber Membership? Give us a call at 843-757-1010 or visit the website.
     
    Upcoming Events & Member Opportunities:
     
    Are you interested in expanding your network with fellow Young Professionals? Looking for professional development opportunities? Don't wait to become part of BCYP!
     
     
    Chamber Member Benefit Feature!
     
    Did your business just become a member of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce? Are you celebrating the opening of your new business, an anniversary, or the expansion/relocation of an existing business in the Greater Bluffton Community? Let us celebrate this momentous occasion!
     
     
    Don't forget to post your job openings...
     
     
    Promote your business by exposing a new audience to your products and services...
     
     
    Increase your exposure by sharing your businesses news!
     
    Promote your upcoming event to a wider audience!
     
    U.S. Small Business Administration Updates
     
     
    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief.
     
    UPDATE: The application portal remains temporarily suspended as the SBA works to resolve technical issues. Applications have not been accepted and funding has not ben distributed. A reopening date for the application portal has not been determined.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Did you apply for the Paycheck Protection Program? On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, President Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 extending the PPP an additional two months to May 31, 2021. There will also be an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Did you apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount that small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Did you receive a Disaster Loan? If so, an additional 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments will be automatically granted to these borrows.
     
     
     
    Chamber & Community Events
     
    Want to know when the next chamber event is scheduled or when town committees meet?
     
    Stay on top of what's going on in the Chamber and with our community partners through our event calendar and community news page.
     
     
    For more information...
     
     
    or contact us at: info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org or 843-757-1010
     

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