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  • Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: April 29, 2021

    What's Great in Greater Bluffton....
    Stay on top of what is happening around town!
    Business Tip of the Week:
    Make Sure There is Enough CASH.
    It is important to make sure that there is and will be enough cash in your account. According to Steve Tobak, "The most common business-failure mode, hands down, is running out of cash. If you know you've got a cash flow or liquidity problem coming up, fix it now."
    Tobak, Steve. “15 Business Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know.” Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur, 24 Nov. 2015, www.entrepreneur.com/article/253143. 
    Let's Celebrate!
    Did you know that 99.4% of businesses in South Carolina in 2020 were considered small businesses? For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
    Over the past year, businesses have faced unique challenges, but never gave up. Join us in celebrating our small businesses for Small Business Week (May 2nd - 8th)! Additional information can be found on the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Facebook page during those dates.
    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!
    Request for Action!
    With the waning interest in the COVID-19 vaccine, we would like your feedback in regard to accessibility. Please take two minutes to provide us with your feedback.
    Is your business interested in hosting an upcoming in-person event? As we begin to resume in-person events, we would love to showcase your business by hosting an event in your space! Don't forget that this is great publicity for your business!
    Chamber Member Benefit Feature!
    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!
    Let us celebrate your momentous occasion!
    Use the Member Information Center to update your personal and company profile, pay invoices online, manage events, and much more!
    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.
    New Information: The application portal has been reopened.
    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.
    New Information: Registration will begin Friday, April 30 at 9 AM and the SBA will begin accepting applications through the portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 PM.
    New Information: Did you apply for an EIDL Loan, but was not approved? Applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance Application.
    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.
    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.
    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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