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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Bluffton Police Department offers annual Citizens Police Academy in fall

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Who: 

  • Citizens Police Academy applicants

What:

  • Citizens Police Academy 8-week course

Where:

  • Bluffton Police Department, 101 Progressive Street (Buckwalter Place)

When:

  • October 18, 2021 through December 6, 2021
  • Monday nights, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...
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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Bluffton Police Department received a threat to May River High School, student detained

Bluffton police officers detained a 15-year-old male student as they investigated a reported threat to May River High School. 

“All threats are a serious matter,” Chief Stephenie Price said. “When the safety of our st...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Leadership training initiatives showcasing military, state and law enforcement leaders

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Bluffton Police Chief Stephenie Price is implementing leadership training for the department’s leadership staff, presenting military, state, law enforcement and industry leaders.

“Leadership principles are universal and there’s no better way to teach these...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Bluffton Town offices will close at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18 due to possible severe weather

Bluffton Town offices will close today, Thursday, March 18, at 1 p.m. due to pending severe weather.

Please call the Town’s Customer Service Center at 843.706.4500 if you need further assistance.

Town Hall business hours are Monday through Thursd...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Bluffton Police Department releases photos of murder suspects

Bluffton Police Department is releasing the photos of the two murder suspects in connection to Friday night’s shooting on Bluffton Parkway which resulted in the death of a Bluffton High School student, another male student being seriously injure...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: March 7, 2021

Two arrested, two sought in connection to Friday night homicide investigation

Bluffton police officers arrested two suspects yesterday on charges of accessory after the fact of murder, which is a felony, for their involvement in Friday night’s shooting incident which resulted in the death of a Bluffton High School student...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: March 6, 2021

Department investigating Friday night murder; Media conference scheduled at 3 p.m. today

Bluffton Police Department officers are investigating a shooting incident which occurred late Friday evening. The incident happened in the area of Bluffton Parkway and Hampton Parkway.  Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle accident. Upon ...

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Bluffton Police Department News Flash
Posted on: February 1, 2021

DHEC Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line

In response to overwhelming call volume to the Care Line, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has added a new phone information line to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines and to help support people searching for ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Jobs

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SERVE WITH HONOR. LIVE WITH PRIDE

The Bluffton Police Department is hiring. This is your opportunity to work in a community that values your service.

Applicants must meet all requirements for employment consideration

  • At least 21 years old
  • At least a high scho...
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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Innovator Startup Opportunities

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Are you an entrepreneur with a business idea or an early stage startup on the brink of taking your business to the next level?

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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

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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.

LEARN HOW> DRCI

News Flash

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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DRCI & Innovator News
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.

DRCI & Innovator News
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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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.

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog
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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DRCI Business Insights Blog

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Posted on: July 20, 2021

Town of Bluffton to repave Pritchard Street as sewer project wraps up

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Contractors for the Town of Bluffton are scheduled to repave Pritchard Street from Tabby Shell Road to Bridge Street during the last week of July. 

During this road resurfacing, there will be temporary lane closures on Pritchard Street. Please be ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 13, 2021

Town of Bluffton to host Accommodations Tax Workshop

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Representatives of local non-profits are invited to attend a Town of Bluffton Accommodations Tax workshop held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall in the Henry “Emmett” McCracken, Jr. Council Chambers.  

The Accommodations Tax, al...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 9, 2021

Reminder: Disposal of storm debris piles is homeowner/occupant's responsibility

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The Town is reminding Bluffton residents, they need to dispose of their storm debris by bringing debris to a Beaufort County Convenience Center or to an alternative site.

The Town’s contract with Waste Management is strictly to service household ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Reminder: Fireworks are prohibited in the Town of Bluffton

As a reminder, Bluffton police officers will respond to any complaint of fireworks in the town limits and confiscate them.  

Bluffton ordinance, Sec. 14-99, states it is unlawful for anyone to fire, shoot, discharge, offer for sale, store, exchang...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2021

Town offices closed for Independence Day, change in trash/recycling services

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Bluffton Town offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. 

Waste Management employees, who provide waste and recycling services for the Town, are also off Monday, therefore waste and recycling services will be delayed...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Sixth phase of sidewalks/lighting project for Buck Island-Simmonsville community to begin

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The Town of Bluffton will soon install the sixth phase of the Town’s sidewalk-lighting project for the Buck Island-Simmonsville community. This phase will construct 2,028 linear feet of sidewalks, five feet in width, from the Grayco on Simmonsvi...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Modular home delivery will affect traffic on May River Road and Buckwalter Parkway June 22

A modular home will be delivered in four separate sections from Extra Space Storage Facility, which is located off Buckwalter Parkway, to Guerrard Avenue, which is off May River Road, Tuesday, June 22.  

This delivery is scheduled to start around ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Town offices closed June 18 in observance of Juneteenth

Town offices will be closed Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth.

Last year, Town leaders declared Juneteenth a holiday for the Town. 

Juneteenth, which is word meaning June 19th, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. While ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 9, 2021

FY2022 Consolidated Budget approved

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Bluffton Town Council approved the Town’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 consolidated budget on second and final reading at the June 8 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, 2021

BJWSA to hold virtual public meeting regarding Bluffton improvements

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Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) Engineering Department will hold a virtual public meeting Tuesday, June 15 at 6 pm, to present plans for the Bluffton infrastructure improvements. Register for the meeting at https://bjwsa_bluffton.event...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 3, 2021

M.C. Riley Elementary students to create mural on Oscar Frazier Park Pavilion

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What:  M.C. Riley Elementary art students will create a mural of a flock of birds on front of the Oscar Frazier Park’s pavilion 

When:  Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:  Pavilion at Oscar Frazier Park 

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Waste & Recycling service is on normal schedule this week

Waste Management is reminding Town of Bluffton residents its waste and recycling service is on a regular schedule this week. 

If a resident’s waste and/or recycling was missed Monday, May 31, please call Waste Management’s Cust...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Town of Bluffton prepares for Hurricane Season 2021

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As a new Hurricane season begins, Town of Bluffton officials and staff members want residents and business owners to know how to prepare and how to partner with the Town to enhance hurricane preparation and recovery.

The past five years have tested and str...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Phase 2 of sidewalk installation to begin for Goethe-Shults neighborhood

Goethe Shults Neighborhood Sidewalks Alignment Map

The Town will soon begin constructing the second phase of sidewalks and drainage improvements for the Goethe-Shults neighborhood. This project is comprised of installing more than 8,500 linear feet of five-foot wide sidewalks along Goethe Road and Shults ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 27, 2021

South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 30 through June 5 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2021. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, county emergency managers and the National Weather Service urge individuals, business...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Town offices closed Memorial Day/Waste Management services will operate

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Bluffton Town offices will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a national day of reflection and gratitude for the men and women who gave their lives serving our country.

As a reminder, Town Hall business hours are Monda...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Bluffton seeks public input for the town’s long-term vision

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The Town of Bluffton is inviting the public to share their ideas about the future of the town within two virtual community meetings in May. Their input will be considered and possibly incorporated into the updated version of Bluffton’s comprehen...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Town hosts 6th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium

Town of Bluffton is hosting its sixth annual Historic Preservation Symposium Thursday, May 27 at 5: 30 p.m. at Town Hall’s auditorium (20 Bridge Street).  The symposium, “Squire Pope Carriage House: Discovering the Past, Plann...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Town hosts annual Bluffton Safety Day and Hurricane Expo

Join the Town of Bluffton and regional first responder agencies for its annual Bluffton Safety Day and Hurricane Expo. Members of several public safety agencies will be available to answer questions and distribute safety materials for the upcoming summer/...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Bluffton’s May Town Council Meeting accessible via County Channel

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Bluffton’s Town Council meetings will be broadcast on Beaufort County’s “County Channel,” starting with the meeting scheduled for May 11 at 5:00 p.m. Town meetings will no longer be broadcast via Facebook Live. The meetings can be viewed in real time on H...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Meeting

SAVE THE DATE Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Meeting (1)

The Town of Bluffton invites the community to the Buck Island-Simmonsville Community Meeting on June 10th at 6 p.m. at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park. 

Members of Town staff, Chief Stephenie Price, as well as Bluffton Township F...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Town Hall reopens Monday to public

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Bluffton’s Town Hall will reopen to the public, Monday, May 3. 

As with Beaufort City and Beaufort County government offices, the public must wear a face covering to come inside Town Hall.  Town employees will also wear face cov...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Applicants sought for Bluffton Town Council appointed committees

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

The most immediate need for new appointees exists for:

    Affordable Housing Committee – (1) po...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Town of Bluffton celebrates Arbor Day by planting a Live Oak at Oscar Frazier Park

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Town of Bluffton will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a Live Oak at Oscar Frazier Park on Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. 

“Arbor Day is an annual celebration in Bluffton during which the Town plants trees in one of our public spaces,&rd...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Town Council selects Stephen Steese as Bluffton's new town manager

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Bluffton Town’s Council unanimously approved authorizing Terry Finger, the town attorney, to extend a contract to Stephen Steese, to be Bluffton’s new town manager. Steese is currently the City of Easley’s (SC) city administrator with a total of 18 years ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: May 1, 2021

Town prepares for Hurricane Season 2021

As a new Hurricane season begins, Town of Bluffton officials and staff members want residents and business owners to know how to prepare and how to partner with the Town to enhance hurricane preparation and recovery.

The past five years have tested and str...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Town of Bluffton face-covering emergency ordinance expired

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The Town of Bluffton’s emergency ordinance which required face coverings in certain situations was not renewed at Tuesday’s meeting of Town Council. This means that as of 12:00 noon on April 14, this emergency ordinance is no longer in...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Town of Bluffton promotes Earth Day cleanups

2021 Spring Clean Up flyer

The Town of Bluffton’s 21st Annual May River Cleanup will not be taking place in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of this event, the Town is encouraging residents to participate in Earth Day neighborhood cleanups on or near Thursday,...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Dominion Energy begins Historic District palm tree hazard mitigation

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Dominion Energy will begin removing 29 palm trees April 12 in the Historic District. These palm trees are touching electrical wires and pose a threat to safety and uninterrupted power.   

Town leaders and staff are discussing future proje...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: April 1, 2021

Bluffton Police Department received a threat to May River High School, student detained

Bluffton police officers detained a 15-year-old male student as they investigated a reported threat to May River High School. 

“All threats are a serious matter,” Chief Stephenie Price said. “When the safety of our st...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Deadline for annual Youth Community Service Award Program is April

Mayor’s Bluffton Youth Community Service Award Program logo

The Mayor’s Bluffton Youth Community Service Award Program, created in 2015, recognizes Bluffton students for volunteering at least 50 hours to an area non-profit organization. 

The Mayor’s Bluffton Youth Community Service Awar...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Town offices will be closed on Friday, April 2

Bluffton Town offices will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.

Town Hall business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Fridays, the Town of Bluffton is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Leadership training initiatives showcasing military, state and law enforcement leaders

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Bluffton Police Chief Stephenie Price is implementing leadership training for the department’s leadership staff, presenting military, state, law enforcement and industry leaders.

“Leadership principles are universal and there’...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Martin Family Park Ribbon-Cutting

What:  Martin Family Park Ribbon-Cutting 

When:  Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Where:  68 Boundary Street, Bluffton (Between the Heyward House and DuBois Park)

This ribbon-cutting will honor the Martin Family legacy of...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Town business license renewal due date is April 30

The Town of Bluffton Business License 2021 renewal forms and information were mailed mid-February. The renewal due date is Friday, April 30, 2021.For your convenience, the online renewal link (https://appengine.egov.com/apps/sc/Bluffton/BUSLICRENEW) is av...
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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 22, 2021

Bluffton Municipal Court resumes in-person sessions April 6

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Bluffton Municipal Court will resume in-person sessions Tuesday, April 6 with implemented health and safety procedures to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

Defendants are encouraged, as an option, to contact the court office for information about the possibil...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Bluffton Town offices will close at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18 due to possible severe weather

Bluffton Town offices will close today, Thursday, March 18, at 1 p.m. due to pending severe weather. 

Please call the Town’s Customer Service Center at 843.706.4500 if you need further assistance.

Town Hall business hours are Monday throu...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Ways to Help

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On Friday,  March 5, 2021, three Bluffton High School students were involved in a shooting incident on Bluffton Parkway. Police say D'won Field Jr. died as the result, Edwin Graham Jr. was seriously injured and Kylan Simmons sustained no...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Bluffton Police Department releases photos of murder suspects

mugshots of murder suspects: Jimmie Green, Tyleic Chaneyfield

Bluffton Police Department is releasing the photos of the two murder suspects in connection to Friday night’s shooting on Bluffton Parkway which resulted in the death of a Bluffton High School student, another male student being seriously injure...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 7, 2021

Two arrested, two sought in connection to Friday night homicide investigation

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Bluffton police officers arrested two suspects yesterday on charges of accessory after the fact of murder, which is a felony, for their involvement in Friday night’s shooting incident which resulted in the death of a Bluffton High School student...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 6, 2021

Bluffton Police Department investigating Friday night murder; Media conference scheduled at 3 p.m.

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Bluffton Police Department officers are investigating a shooting incident which occurred late Friday evening. The incident happened in the area of Bluffton Parkway and Hampton Parkway.  Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle accident. Upon ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Bluffton begins enforcement of new short-term rental ordinance

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The Town of Bluffton’s new short-term rental ordinance requires all property owners to register their short-term rentals, along with a business license and safety checklist. While the ordinance was effective at the beginning of the year, the Tow...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) to improve service in Bluffton area

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What is this project along Bluffton Parkway?

Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) is designing a large-diameter water transmission main line along a portion of Hwy 170, Bluffton Parkway and Buckwalter Parkway within the Town of Bluffton. The p...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: February 1, 2021

DHEC Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line

In response to overwhelming call volume to the Care Line, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has added a new phone information line to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines and to help support people searching for ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Town purchases the Sarah Riley Hooks Cottage, a historically significant home

The Town of Bluffton purchased the Sarah Riley Hooks Cottage and its surrounding property at 76 Bridge Street for $475,000 from private owners, Kehinde Thomas and Tavi Fields from Matthews, North Carolina in an effort to preserve historically significant ...

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Town of Bluffton News Flash
Posted on: January 13, 2021

HIRING: Bluffton Police Department to hold recruitment event

SERVE WITH PRIDE. LIVE WITH HONOR.
The Bluffton Police Department in South Carolina is hiring. This is your opportunity to work in a community that values your service.
A recruitment event is scheduled for January 23, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 2...
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Town of Bluffton News Flash