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Posted on: August 12, 2020

David Nelems Sits Down With Lowcountry CEO

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Do you know how the DRCI started? David Nelems, VP of Innovation discusses the genesis of the center, and why the Town of Bluffton Government strives to provide programming and resources to help businesses in Beaufort County thrive.

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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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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: September 16, 2020

Six Reasons Why You Should Bring Your Business Online

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Whether you build a website or create some social media accounts, here are six reasons why you should bring your business online.

As a business owner, we understand why you may be hesitant to bring your business online. We hear the same explanations a lot: you’re not tech-savvy, you’re still bringing new business to your office, or you already have too much on yo...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

How to Take Action on a Business Idea: That All-Important “First Step”

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So you’ve had a business idea. A breakthrough. A “Eureka!” moment. But now what?

Million-dollar ideas aren’t as illusive as they’re made out to be, but few people take the initiative to turn their dream into reality. Taking action on a business idea requires courage, resources, and time. As the old saying goes, &am...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Five Great Productivity Apps That You Should Download Today

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Productivity apps are excellent tools for time management, collaboration, and organization.

Whether you need to get in touch with your team, keep track of your to-do list, or get work done on-the-go – there’s an app for that. Here are some great apps that you can download to help maximize your time.

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Small Business Budgeting: Tips for Making a Budget You’ll Stick To

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One of the most important aspects of running a small business is managing your bottom line -- which is a great deal easier if you have a working budget.

A well-planned and carefully managed budget allows you to track every aspect of your cash flow, from your monthly profits to annual expenses, and how much revenue you need to keep your business going. By putting these numbers on paper, you’re mo...

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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Tips for Securing Start-up Funding

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If you’re an entrepreneur in the planning stages of starting your own business, it’s likely that securing the funds to launch your company is one of your top priorities.

Whether you’re about to launch your first business, or you’re a seasoned business owner about to start a new venture, there are a number of steps you should take – and resources you can uncover – in order to raise t...

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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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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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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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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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