News Flash

Posted on: July 14, 2020

Mike Hostilo partners with the Town for the Bluffton Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K

The Town of Bluffton is excited to announce the partnership with the Mike Hostilo Law Firm for this year’s Bluffton Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K. 

“We are excited to have Mike’s law firm involved this year. Everyone knows his...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Kiwanis Club of Bluffton donates $3,500 to K9 Unit

The Kiwanis Club of Bluffton presented a check for $3,500 to the Bluffton Police Department’s K9 Program.

Captain Joe Babkiewicz, who oversees the program said, “we had two K9s retire in 2019, so this donation will help tremendously in ...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Town hosting 2nd annual Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K

The Town of Bluffton, along with the Bluffton Police Department and the Lutzie 43 Foundation will be hosting its 2nd annual Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K. Due to COVID-19, this year’s race will be a little different. We are asking everyone to participate...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Officer receives prestigious award from SC Criminal Justice Academy

Bluffton Police Officer Frank Ginn Jr. was awarded the J.P. Strom Award upon his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy’s most prestigious award is bestowed on the student who obtains the highest overall academi...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Town appoints Captain Donald “Scott” Chandler as Interim Police Chief

Bluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando is pleased to announce Captain Donald “Scott” Chandler as Interim Police Chief, effective Friday, June 19, 2020.

“Captain Chandler has risen to numerous challenges and proven his ability to l...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Innovator Startup Opportunities

DRCI Innovator Program

Are you an entrepreneur with a business idea, or an early stage startup on the brink of taking your business to the next level? We want to get to know you...and help you. We’re looking for the next great company.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Existing Business Growth Programs

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Now, more than ever, the DRCI is here to help take established businesses to the next level. In addition to our work with entrepreneurs, we’re here to help businesses of all sizes and stages continue to grow.

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Membership Options for You

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Become part of our vibrant business community, and gain access to the resources, programs and services proven to help entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses of all sizes thrive.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Mentors Making a Difference

DRCI Mentor Program

We believe in the power of a great mentor – which is why we created a Mentorship Program unlike any other in the region. We actively work to pair innovators with a mentor for their specific industry and needs.

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News Flash

Posted on: June 25, 2020

Opening Up The Books

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Building Resilient and Financially Strong Businesses Through the DRCI and the Small Business Economic Resiliency Program

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses continue to impact business owners and entrepreneurs throughout our region – with businesses not only terribly impacted by the disruption brought on by the pandemic, but now facing unique ch...

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DRCI & Innovator News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

DRCI offers free membership, flex space at The HUB and comprehensive resource guide

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As part of the Small Business Economic Resiliency Plan approved by the Bluffton Town Council in April, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is offering FREE membership for a year.

As part of the Small Business Economic Resiliency Plan approved by the Bluffton Town Council in April, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is expanding its mission, and taking on an important role in helping to assist small businesses through the ec...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Don Ryan Center for Innovation: SBA Loans for Small Businesses 101

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Small businesses have been hit hard by mandatory closures and safety measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small businesses have been hit hard by mandatory closures and safety measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But businesses have a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to. The U.S. Small Business Administrati...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Free webinars offer insight, tips for all businesses

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation will host two free Zoom webinars in May, geared to provide strategic business insight and tips for professionals throughout all industries. The webinars will be held May 7 and 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation will host two free Zoom webinars in May, geared to provide strategic business insight and tips for professionals throughout all industries. The webinars will be held May 7 and 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

The first webinar is &...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Don Ryan Center for Innovation: How to Manage your Credit and Finances in a Crisis

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It’s been a tough few weeks for, well, the world as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s been a tough few weeks for, well, the world as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the current situation may cause worry, staying calm and taking actions to protect your health and financial well-being will help yo...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Don Ryan Center For Innovation Offers Two Upcoming Free May Zoom Webinars For Businesses On May 7th

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation will be hosting two free Zoom Webinars in May, geared to provide strategic business insight and tips for professionals throughout all industries.

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation will be hosting two free Zoom Webinars in May, geared to provide strategic business insight and tips for professionals throughout all industries.  The two free Zoom Webinars will...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Greenbug is reclaiming the Lowcountry’s yards

Their idea for cedar-enhanced personal sprays blossomed into something bigger when the couple connected with the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton, joining as innovators in 2012.

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Elongator inventors rev up the auto industry

“It opened up a lot of doors. David had a lot of connections with a lot of these state agencies, and we found this manufacturer because of the Don Ryan Center,” DeSimone said. “We never would have gotten there without them.”

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Work anywhere

Advances in technology have made it possible for many professionals to work from almost anywhere.

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Biz Pitch

BizPitch was sponsored by SunTrust Bank and hosted by SCORE Lowcountry, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and The Don Ryan Center for Innovation.

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Merger of Bluffton economic groups targets ‘one-stop shop’ for development

Bluffton’s two public economic development organizations are becoming one.

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News Flash

Posted on: June 25, 2020

How Do You REALLY Run a Small Business? You’ve Launched Your Company. Now What?

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There are millions of books, magazines, articles and websites that teach you how to start a small business. You can learn how to get started, write a business plan, market your product or service, create social media campaigns - you name it.

Once you’ve launched your business though, it’s not as easy to find that same level of “how to” information when it comes to actually running your business.  However, what you do in the months and years fol...

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DRCI Business Insights Blog
Posted on: June 24, 2020

How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority

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Everything seems equally important and time-sensitive. So how can you prioritize when everything is a priority?

All small business owners know the importance of setting goals and reaching them. But between the constant stream of incoming emails, unexpected issues that arise daily and 20 tasks that need to be done, well, yesterday, it can be hard to know where to st...

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DRCI Business Insights Blog
Posted on: June 23, 2020

SBA Disaster Loan Program Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

If you have not applied for an EIDL Loan, the portal is now open on the SBA website for new applications.

If you have not applied for an EIDL Loan, the portal is now open on the SBA website for new applications.

The EIDL process is two steps:

1. You first receive an advance (equal to $1K per employee).

2. If you qualify, you will receive an email from SBA offeri...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

The HUB

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Irony is a weird thing. For the past three years plans for the DRCI having its own space have been in the works.

Irony is a weird thing.  For the past three years plans for the DRCI having its own space have been in the works.  From our first days as an occupant at CareCore (now EviCore), to a “temporary” trailer that lasted 2+ ...

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DRCI Business Insights Blog
Posted on: March 20, 2020

SC Small Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Disaster Assistance

While there are certainly significant challenges being faced by all of us, we are also encouraged by the many ways in which our community is also showing how we support one another.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering South Carolina low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  If you ...

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News Flash

Posted on: July 14, 2020

Mike Hostilo partners with the Town for the Bluffton Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K

The Town of Bluffton is excited to announce the partnership with the Mike Hostilo Law Firm for this year’s Bluffton Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K.

“We are excited to have Mike’s law firm involved this year. Everyone knows his commerci...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Beaufort Memorial to host free COVID-19 testing events

Beaufort Memorial (BMH) will host free COVID-19 testing events on July 15 and 29 in northern Beaufort County. 

The events, in partnership with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Beaufort County Sheriff’s Departmen...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Town hosts two public hearings during July 14 Town Council meeting

There are two public hearings within the July 14 Town Council meeting which gives residents an opportunity to comment on proposed amendments to the Town of Bluffton Code of Ordinances 1) proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, uses by di...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Mayor's Message - July 8, 2020

Dear Bluffton,

Bluffton’s face-covering ordinance has been in effect for a week and on behalf of Town Council and our community, thank you for your efforts to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe and healthy.

As with any new law, there a...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Town hosting 2nd annual Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K

The Town of Bluffton, along with the Bluffton Police Department and the Lutzie 43 Foundation will be hosting its 2nd annual Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K. Due to COVID-19, this year’s race will be a little different. We are asking everyone to participate...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Mayor's Message - July 1, 2020

Dear Bluffton, 

On behalf of Town Council, thank you for patience and cooperation during this global pandemic.  The globe, the nation, the state and our town has never walked this path before and together, we are in uncharted territory. &...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing July 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free COVID-19 testing July 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at University of South Carolina-Beaufort (Bluffton Campus).

It’s free and no appointment/medical referrals are needed.

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Can we count on you? Fill out the U.S. Census today!

State and federal money doesn’t follow the need, it follows the numbers. 

The U.S. Census is the one-stop-shop data source for how communities are funded through state and federal programs, how lines are drawn for U.S. House of Represent...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Emergency ordinance requiring face coverings unanimously approved

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Bluffton Town Council unanimously approved an Emergency Ordinance today (Tuesday, June 30, 2020) which requires residents to wear face coverings when they enter any building open to the public. It also requires face coverings for employees of restaurants,...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Officer receives prestigious award from SC Criminal Justice Academy

Bluffton Police Officer Frank Ginn Jr. was awarded the J.P. Strom Award upon his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy’s most prestigious award is bestowed on the student who obtains the highest overall academi...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Bluffton Town offices are closed Friday, July 3

Bluffton Town offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

As a reminder, the Town of Bluffton is still open during regular business hours. In order to practice social distancing, Town Hall doors are locked, but there are bins ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Town of Bluffton July meeting schedule

The Town of Bluffton’s public meeting schedule for July is listed below.

The following meetings will be held. All public meetings will be held via Zoom and will broadcast on the Town of Bluffton Government’s Facebook page.

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Patriotic Flyover takes Flight on Saturday, July 4th to Salute the Armed Forces

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, the non-profit Salute From the Shore will take to the skies once again with their 11th Annual Salute From the Shore featuring military planes from both Shaw Air Force Base and Charleston Air Force Base, as well as a vintage, civ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Town residents to receive enhanced waste/recycling services

Town Council approved a new contract during its May 12 meeting which will provide Town residents with enhanced recycling service. Waste Management, the town’s current service provider, was awarded the contract renewal in a competitive bidding pr...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Applicants sought for Town Council appointed boards, commissions and committees

Bluffton Town Council is seeking qualified applicants for appointment to its boards, commissions and committees.

The most immediate need for new appointees exists on the Beautification Committee, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, t...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Town appoints Captain Donald “Scott” Chandler as Interim Police Chief

Bluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando is pleased to announce Captain Donald “Scott” Chandler as Interim Police Chief, effective Friday, June 19, 2020.

“Captain Chandler has risen to numerous challenges and proven his ability to l...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Town Council approves Final Reading of Fiscal Year 2021 Consolidated Budget

Bluffton Town Council approved the Town’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 consolidated budget on second and final reading at the June 9 Town Council meeting. State law requires all municipalities to adopt a balanced budget ordinance before July 1. The new...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Town of Bluffton to launch new website

The Town of Bluffton is launching a new website June 10 at 5 p.m. under the same domain, www.townofbluffton.sc.gov, designed to be more streamlined and deliver a more customized experience for residents.

“Our website team, led by Digital Communi...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Special instructions for public comment during June 9 Town Council Meeting

There are two public hearings within the June 9 Town Council which gives residents an opportunity to comment on 1) the proposed FY21 Consolidated Budget and 2) proposed changes to the municipal code which will regulate cellular infrastructure which is nee...

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News Flash

Posted on: April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Information

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Town of Bluffton leaders remain in close communication with federal, state and regional officials including representatives the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and area healthcare ...

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Town of Bluffton Spotlight
Posted on: April 23, 2020

COVID-19: Ways to Help

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Ways to Help Your Neighbors and/or Donate

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Town of Bluffton Spotlight
Posted on: April 23, 2020

2020 Hurricane Season

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual, according to an outlook released by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.

The group led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach calls for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes an...

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