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Posted on: April 2, 2021

New program will help Beaufort Co. 'heroes' start businesses

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As seen on MSN money: A new program is intended to help current and retired Beaufort County military, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers become successful entrepreneurs.

The Heroes Initiative, started by the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, a non-profit business incubator and Town of Bluffton department located at Buckwalter Place, will help local "heroes" use their training and technology skills to start their o...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Keepin' It Fresh...With a Side of Problem Solving to Boot.

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Retired Marine works with DRCI to create a novel product for the packaging industry.

As featured in LocalBiz Magazine, Q2 2021. Learn more about Pourzilla and how DRCI helped with their success here

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

ZOOM SEMINAR: “SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS”

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As Seen in Hilton Head Monthly's Event Calendar!

See the event calendar here.

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Don Ryan Center launches Heroes Initiative for those with service backgrounds

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Bluffton's Don Ryan Center for Innovation is launching a program dedicated to helping active and retired veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel develop as entrepreneurs.

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

DRCI Announces Partnership With City of Hardeeville

Check out this great WHHI-TV interview with Mayor Harry Williams as he discusses our partnership and how Hardeeville business owners will benefit. Business Owners in Hardeeville- take advantage of your FREE membership today!

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Hilton Head Monthly Highlights DRCI March 2021 Events

Read the latest issue of Hilton Head Monthly to view DRCI's upcoming events - including Zoom the Room, The Power of Vision, and Unleash the Power of LinkedIn.

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

DRCI Leadership Webinar

Major General Craig B. Whelden, U.S. Army (Retired) joins DRCI to present "Leadership[: The Art of Inspiring People to be Their Best". After experiencing this eye-opening event, attendees will leave with a better understanding of why communication is...

Read the rest in the February 2021 edition of ScribbleSC's newsletter. 

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

DRCI WELCOMES HARDEEVILLE TO EXPANDING BUSINESS PROGRAM

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) has announced an expansion of the organization’s business-building programs and services into the City of Hardeeville. The DRCI will now be working closely with Hardeeville businesses to provide important...

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Posted on: December 27, 2020

No Monkeying Around: The Lowcountry's Startup Guru is Serious About Business

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As seen in the new Lowcountry publication LocalBiz, David discusses his passion for building successful companies and discusses the questions you need to ask yourself to ensure they are preparing and creating a roadmap of success...

Read the article here.

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation Launches Women's Networking and Mastermind Group

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The Don Ryan Center for Innovation has announced the launch of a new women’s professional group, launching in January 2021.

The group, Networking Entrepreneurial Women (NEW) Masterminds of the Lowcountry, was created to provide professional women throughout the Lowcountry with an opportunity to network with other women professionals and have access to a wide range of ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Incubator for Innovation

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Don Ryan Center for Innovation Expands Opportunities for Startups and Growing Businesses

Read the full article in Hilton Head Monthly's December issue.

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

David Nelems Discusses Staring a Business during COVID

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VP of Innovation of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation David Nelems gives a few tips for people that are thinking about starting a business during this challenging time.

Watch the video interview.

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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: March 29, 2021

Let's Talk About the "F" Word.

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No, it's not THAT "F" word.
There are a lot of “F words” in entrepreneurship. Funding, finance, fear… But I digress. Recently, a good friend of mine told me he was leaving his job after a long time in that position. I asked him how he felt, and he said...

No, it's not THAT "F" word.

There are a lot of “F words” in entrepreneurship. Funding, finance, fear… But I digress.

Recently, a good friend of mine told me he was leaving his job after a long time in that position. I asked him how he felt, and th...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Profitable Post-COVID-19 Business Ideas

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It’s been repeated ad nauseam that we’re living in unprecedented times. Businesses across industries have been forced to pivot during the coronavirus pandemic by moving their operations online, postponing events, or rethinking their product lines...

It’s been repeated ad nauseam that we’re living in unprecedented times. Businesses across industries are forcing themselves to pivot during the coronavirus pandemic by moving their operations online, postponing events, or reth...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

How to Develop a Successful Business Growth Strategy

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So, you started a business. And after months of late nights, early morning, long meetings, tough pitches, and bottomless mugs of coffee, you’ve launched a website, secured a customer base, and your bank account is in the black. You’ve made it, but...

So, you started a business. And after months of late nights, early morning, long meetings, tough pitches, and bottomless mugs of coffee, you’ve launched a website, secured a customer base, and your bank account is in the black. You’ve ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

We Need Data Like We Need Caffeine

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For many businesses, their most valuable and important asset is their customers. In the early days at a lot of companies, the details about those customers are spread out in many different places. The CEO’s brain, a sales rep's inbox, the accountant’s...

Consumer data is an ever-important asset to have for your business. With CRM software, this can be at your fingertips any time, any place. So if you plan on hoarding anything...let it be data.

For many businesses, their most valuable and important asset is...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Expert Branding Tips for New Businesses

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“Once my business is up and running, then I’ll focus on my brand.” This train of thought is common for new entrepreneurs – and maybe even something you’ve said yourself. But your company is both a business and a brand, which is why...

“Once my business is up and running, then I’ll focus on my brand.” This train of thought is common for new entrepreneurs – and maybe even something you’ve said yourself. But your company is both a business...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Steps to Starting a Successful Online Business

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If you’ve been looking to start a business from home, you’re not alone. There are over 38 million home-based business owners in the United States, each of whom has a unique reason for launching their business online. Some wanted to pursue...

If you’ve been looking to start a business from home, you’re not alone. There are over 38 million home-based business owners in the United States, each of whom has a unique reason for launching their business online. Some wanted to pursue their passions, ...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Five Cost-Effective Ways to Grow Your Business in 2021

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The new year gives us the motivation we need to push the pedal a little harder and pursue our goals with greater focus – especially after a year like 2020. Business owners and CEOs are looking to...

The new year gives us the motivation we need to push the pedal a little harder and pursue our goals with greater focus – especially after a year like 2020. Business owners and CEOs are looking to scale up their companies on the eve of an economi...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Key Takeaways from 2020: What the Hardest Year in Memory Has Taught Us About Running a Business

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Business owners are no strangers to challenges, but no one could have prepared for 2020. From economic crashes, political turmoil, and the COVID-19 crisis, brands across the country struggled to cope. Now...

Business owners are no strangers to challenges, but no one could have prepared for 2020. From economic crashes, political turmoil, and the COVID-19 crisis, brands across the country struggled to cope. Now that the hardest year in memory is firmly behind u...

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Posted on: January 1, 2021

How to Make Better Business Decisions

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Business owners make choices every day that affect their companies’ futures. From overseeing employee activities to deciding where and how to invest their business’ resources, executives are constantly weighing their options. But entrepreneurs...

Business owners make choices every day that affect their companies’ futures. From overseeing employee activities to deciding where and how to invest their business’ resources, executives are constantly weighing their options. But even though entrepreneurs...

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Holiday Season Survival Guide for Business Owners

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For business owners, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year and the busiest. The weeks leading up to Christmas have the potential to drive the most profitable sales season of the year. But between the rush of...

For business owners, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year and the busiest. The weeks leading up to Christmas have the potential to drive the most profitable sales season of the year. But between the rush of customers, holiday campaign...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Five Ways Your Business Can Give Back This Season

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As a business owner, it’s easy to get distracted during the holidays – with the holiday season often bringing a burst in activity and, often, a boom in business. So, while this time of year is undoubtedly a busy time for business owners, it’s also...

As a business owner, it’s easy to get distracted during the holidays – with the holiday season often bringing a burst in activity and, often, a boom in business. So, while this time of year is undoubtedly a busy time for business owners, it’s also the per...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Five Strategies for Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Think back to the goals you once had for yourself that suddenly vanished. Maybe you wanted to take up a new hobby but never got around to it, or perhaps you were serious about starting a business for a little while, but you never made it past...

Think back to the goals you once had for yourself that suddenly vanished. Maybe you wanted to take up a new hobby but never got around to it, or perhaps you were serious about starting a business for a little while, but you never made it past the planning...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Five Ways to Build a More Resilient Business

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Too many business leaders refer to the coronavirus pandemic as a "black swan" – a random catastrophe that touched almost every aspect of our personal and professional lives. However, warnings have been coming for years from experts about...

Too many business leaders refer to the coronavirus pandemic as a "black swan" – a random catastrophe that touched almost every aspect of our personal and professional lives. However, warnings have been coming for years from experts about the pos...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Seven Ways to Become a Better Leader

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Being a leader isn't as straightforward as some of us think.

When talking about leaders, it’s easy to group them into two categories: good and bad. Maybe you had a mentor who effortlessly guided you through one of the biggest challenges of your career or an overly-critical boss who left you wondering if you were ev...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Top Five Qualities to Look For in a Business Mentor

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Not all mentors are created equal.

It’s one of the things we believe in the most, and something that we personally have seen make a tremendous difference for businesses in every industry: the power of a great business mentor.  Everyone needs a mentor in their career, if ...

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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

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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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