CHANGES TO PLAN COULD BENEFIT GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents don’t have to worry about spoiling their grandchildren thanks to changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A New York Times report noted that funds taken from grandparent-held 529 college savings accounts won’t affect a student’s eligibility for federal aid. The money will no longer be counted as untaxed student income.

FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022

New year’s resolutions are not only about improving your health and finally reading that book that’s been on your nightstand for months. There are financial considerations that you can put in place to help make 2022 a banner year. Consider these financial resolutions to help you achieve your goals.

AFTER 25 YEARS, BARBERS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE FOR ITS CUSTOMERS

The question nagged at Brent Nelsen back then and continues to motivate him today: What can we do that nobody else is doing?

Nelsen, who runs Barbers of the Lowcountry with his father Lou, was looking for a way to grow the business in 2009. The shop had grown from launching in 1997 on Hilton Head Island to its new spot in Bluffton in 2007, but Nelsen knew it could be much more.

The new year is around the corner, but there’s time to maximize your money before the end of 2021. There are myriad ways you can reduce taxes you owe and plan for the future. 

From charitable donations to contributing to your 401K plans, now may be the time to think about tax-saving tips. 

LOCALLY-OWNED SHOPS HELP ENRICH THE COMMUNITY

Millions upon millions of small business owners each year invest in local youth sports leagues. They hire other local firms to help their business excel.

They pump money into the local economy through the wages they paid their employees.

And they enrich our community in countless other ways.

CHANGES COMING TO BUSINESS LICENSING

Lowcountry business owners — large and small — are confronting an inescapable fact of life: simplification is complicated.

A wholesale change to how South Carolina manages business licensing and taxation is creating confusion, conversation and a stepped-up need for communication.

ELSEWHERE’S IN OLD TOWN SELLS SPORTS CARDS & NOSTALGIA

There’s a certain thrill that still remains. 

Steven Krzyzyk is 51 years old. A Navy veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, Krzyzyk owns Elsewhere’s in Old Town, a Bluffton-based sports memorabilia and gift shop. 

He’s seen the industry of sports cards boom nationwide. 

ROGER FREEDMAN’S ADVENTURE HILTON HEAD IS AN ADRENALINE RUSH

As an international businessman, Roger Freedman was a dealmaker with interests in skyscrapers, insurance, manufacturing, radio and TV stations, and more.

Deals come and go. But one stuck in his head, his heart and his portfolio: Partnering with his younger brother more than a quarter-century ago to buy Hilton Head’s Broad Creek marina.

CAROLINA VETERINARY CRITICAL CARE OFFERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Pet owners in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island now have an additional option for emergency veterinary care. 

Carolina Veterinary Critical Care opened Jan. 1 in Bluffton. Since then, owner Matthew Tenwolde has been kept quite busy caring for Lowcountry pets, offering emergency care late at night, early in the morning and on weekends.

BLUFFTON SELF HELP AND THE LITERACY CENTER MERGE

“Samantha” was a single mom of three children, working two jobs, struggling to make ends meet. She would visit Bluffton Self Help to utilize the food pantry to provide fresh, healthy food options for her family. 

But when her car broke down and she needed help seeking rental assistance, she ended up talking with Bluffton Self Help’s Education and Resource Center manager, Barbara Bowers. Her life changed with financial planning and one impactful conversation that went some-thing like this: