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  • Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: March 25, 2021

    What's Great in Greater Bluffton....
    Business Tip of the Week:
    Basic Business Tools Needed to SUCCEED.
    1. Business Website - increases much-needed visibility and allows you to communicate with your customers.
    2. Strong Domain Name - aim for an exact match to
    3. Employee Collaboration Software - invest in the proper software so that your entire team is able to collaborate.
    4. Flexible Business Plan - consider creating a "plan that acts as a hybrid between a traditional business plan and a lean startup plan."
    Sweeney, Deborah. “4 Basic Business Tools New Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021, www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2021/03/17/4-basic-business-tools-new-entrepreneurs-need-to-succeed/?sh=4c1c9f574d70.
    U.S. Small Business Administration Updates
    Are you considered a live venue operator or promoter, theatrical producer, live performing arts organization operator, museum operator, motion picture theatre operator, or talent representative? If so, you may be eligible for additional funding.
    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. The application is slated to open on April 8, 2021.
    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.
    New Opportunity:
    Member Spotlight
    Upcoming Events & Member Opportunities:
    Join us for Coffee Networking, which will be held virtually via Zoom! Access will only be sent to those who have registered, so you MUST register no later than Monday, April 12. 2021 at 4:00 PM.
    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!
    Do you have a special offer for new customers? How do people outside of your current network know about these specials? Hot Deals are a GREAT way to promote your business by exposing a new audience to your products and services.
    Don't forget to post your job openings...
    Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events & Community News
    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.
    Stay Informed on State Guidelines and Vaccine Distribution
    Do you qualify to receive the COVID - 19 vaccine in Phase 1b? See below for the qualifications:
    Governor McMaster filed an updated Executive Order on March 5, 2021 Modifying Amending Emergency Measures. Be sure to review them below:
    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    There are options available for assistance through these SBA loan programs.
    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) was signed into law December 27, 2020 and will provide more than $900 billion in emergency assistance due to impacts by the COVID pandemic.
    For more information...
    or contact us at: info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org or 843-757-1010

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