Yes, membership has its rewards. But at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, membership takes on a whole new meaning. It opens doors to becoming part of our vibrant business community and gaining access to a wide variety of business resources, programs and services proven to help entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses of all sizes thrive. Come join us … and discover firsthand the rewards of a DRCI membership for you.

Our members form a unique community of entrepreneurs, executives, and some of the region’s top companies – all playing an active role in shaping our region’s future economic success while engaging with peers and mentors. As a member of DRCI, you are able to instantly benefit from the unique programs, services, and discounts offered only through the Don Ryan Center for Innovation. From free attendance at our signature on-site business events to networking opportunities to a wide array of professional services available only to our members, DRCI members gain a true advantage in the local business community. 

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses, and to help businesses get back on their feet through the many business resources that we can provide at the DRCI, we are currently waiving all membership fees through December 31, 2020. This FREE MEMBERSHIP and access to the many business-building services and resources of the DRCI Small Business Concierge is made possible through the Town of Bluffton and is an important step in helping to reset and rebuild businesses throughout the Lowcountry.

Choose a Membership Level

Business Member $450/year  FREE for 12 Months*

Those with a similar vision for the future of our community that understands the value of staying ahead in the evolving market. Up to 5 employees or group members are empowered to represent their brand while learning and engaging with the DRCI community.

Individual Member $99/year  FREE for 12 Months*

Entrepreneurs, community advocates, professionals, remote workers, and students at various levels seeking to grow personally and professionally while connecting with like-minded others.

Student Member FREE

College and High School students seeking to grow personally and professionally while connecting with like-minded others. (Complimentary membership for High School Students)

Member Benefits 




Access to The HUB and its offerings*

Flex Space reservation time to The HUB 

Networking and community outreach opportunities at The HUB
Complimentary registration for all SESSIONS events
(up to 5 employees or group members )
Discounted pricing for DRCI signature events

Ability to reserve and rent meeting space at The HUB  
Access to video library of previous SESSION events   
DRCI membership credentials  
Downloadable worksheets and business builder tips

One-hour Biz Consulting with one of our Mentors  
One-hour free consultation marketing/public relations/graphic design with one of DRCI’s marketing partners (Possible one month free of marketing/public relations/graphic design with a 12-month contract – depends on agency)  
Company logo featured on the DRCI website home page and member page (SEO benefit)

Highlighted in e-communication to subscribers upon joining

Featured on the DRCI’s 3 social media platforms within one month of joining (combined with other new Partners for that month)    

**Sign up by 12/31/2020 and receive 12 months free. Some Hub offerings are available only on a reservation/fee basis.  NOTE: Benefits subject to change without notice.


A monthly series of educational forums designed to educate, empower, and inspire entrepreneurs and executives at all levels. Held at The HUB at Buckwalter, featuring top local and national speakers addressing today’s most critical business-building topics. 

Special Events

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation is always striving for ways to enrich the community and cultivate networking and outreach opportunities for our members. Follow us on social media or check out our calendar for special events throughout the year.

INnovate Business e-newsletter

One of the many benefits the Don Ryan Center offers its members is a monthly e-newsletter, filled with important business-building insights, business trend stories, innovator alumni accomplishments and news showcasing upcoming events and programs. Become a member today to start receiving your monthly newsletter … and so much more.


Being a member of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your business ... and now, as we support local small businesses as they work to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, you can access the many resources and services of the DRCI for free.

Being a member of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your business. Learn more about the many ways the DRCI Small Business Concierge can help your business ... and see how DRCI membership can help you play an active role in shaping the region’s future while engaging with peers, mentors and like-minded individuals now!