Those wishing to make a donation to or volunteer for recovery efforts are asked to work through Community Foundation of the Lowcountry In the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, individuals, groups and corporations wishing to donate to recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Lowcountry can make donations to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the organization of record to receive donations for disaster recovery and rebuilding in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties.
Hilton Head News
Improving the lives of Beaufort’s County’s children, one child at a time
Pristine beaches, meandering bike paths and manicured golf courses create a pretty picture of island living. For most tourists and residents of Hilton Head Island, this epitomizes their way of life; a life that is aesthetically pure and surrounded by beauty and relaxation. There are, however, island residents who live more in the shadows than in the sunshine.
“When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female or speak in a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone … describes the world and you are not in it, (it feels) … as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.” — Adrienne Rich, poet
Hilton Head Island recently received more high praise from the travel magazine Travel + Leisure. The publication ranked Hilton Head No. 2 out of 15 on its list of “America’s Favorite Beach Towns.” It stated, “Repeat visitors have been championing this South Carolina golf and beach resort for decades.
Southern Living recently included Bluffton on its list of 15 “Best Places to Retire.” The magazine focused on towns that have unique amenities, a low cost of living, opportunities for volunteering, part-time work and continued learning. Other important factors were a stable housing market, access to medical care, and an airport or train station close by.
An English teacher with more than 30 years of classroom experience was named the 2016-17 Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year. The selection of Elizabeth MacMurray, who teaches ninth-grade English at Hilton Head Island High School, was announced during a recent breakfast celebration to honor teachers of the year from all of the district’s schools.
More South Carolinians will soon be able to harness the power of the sun, thanks to a new solar energy initiative by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The company recently announced plans to launch a community solar partnership with Clean Energy Collective. An alternative to rooftop solar, CEC’s RooflessSolar will give SCE&G residential electric customers, schools, churches and municipalities the opportunity to subscribe to or purchase panels in solar farms and receive credit for solar generation on their energy bills each month.
Beginning Oct. 1, operating hours will expand at southern Beaufort County’s two library branches. The Hilton Head Island library will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Town of Hilton Head Island issued $27.885 million GO Refunding Bonds on Sept. 1 to achieve savings through lower interest rates. The new bonds replaced 2005, 2008 and 2010 bonds totaling $28.440 million. The town will realize $3,000,322 in savings over the life of the bonds. Recently, the town underwent a rigorous bond ratings process; all three municipal bond rating agencies affirmed the town's strong ratings citing strong financial practices leading to ample financial reserves and high liquidity as well as a very strong economy.
Open enrollment is the period each year when you’re allowed to start, stop or change your health insurance plan. Normally, you sign up around the end of one calendar year for coverage that lasts the full next year. The open enrollment window for private, individual health plans will last three months for 2017 coverage: Nov. 1 to Jan. 31.
To those of you on the island who appreciate when Hilton Head turns to fall, slows down and relaxes a bit, will want to attend the Coligny Outdoor Market on September 16th.
From 4-7pm, the popular Coligny Outdoor Market, now a year old will return to Hilton Head's Downtown. With food trucks, street-style vendors, artists and craftsmen and music by Whitley Deputy and the B Town Project, plus TONS of kids activities, this is a simple return to the beach after a very popular summer!
Want to find the friendliest city in the world? Here in South Carolina, you won't have to go far. Charleston has topped Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the "Friendliest Cities" in the world. In justifying the ranking, the magazine quoted one reader who said, "it has the charm of the South, the sophistication of the city, and a warmth and friendliest that is unmatched."
Uber, the on-demand car-hailing service, operates in more than 450 cities around the world, including the Town of Hilton Head Island. Monthly “Ubered” for a week, interviewing local drivers. Here’s what we learned.
The next time you Uber, don’t be surprised if your neighbor rolls up to the curb in a polished Lexus or Mercedes with leather seats.
We all know that the United States was built on the notion of the American dream. This concept has fundamentally impacted not only our way of life, but who we are as a people. We all strive for it. It’s like apple pie and baseball. It is the core principle that has driven us as Americans. And it is the American dream that attracts people from around the world to our way of life — they are attracted to our country by the limitless possibilities that the American dream represents.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Becoming an ANGEL Investor??
Angel Investors are a key part of the Entrepreneurial business development cycle. Angels provide the base level support to move a new venture from proof of concept to customer acquisition and growth. If the growth is successful then the Angel has opportunity to profit, if not there may be a few pivots by the business but if customer traction does not develop then the investment is at risk.
Angel investing is always a learning process as the product/service is likely new and different, often disruptive and the firm is new and formative in terms of putting together its operational services. But if the product/service hits willing and engaged customers and solves an opportunity problem (Uber, Airbnb, Trip Advisor, etc.) the outcomes can be huge (Unicorns are new companies that quickly grow to Billion dollar valuations) even those with more reasonable outcomes can generate significant ROI.
The Lunch and Learn session will be held on Wednesday June 22 at a location on Hilton Head Island. If you meet the SEC criteria for being an Angel there will be a follow-on session on June 29th (Lunch and evaluate) a real deal from the SC Angel Network (SCAN). After that you will have an opportunity to consider joining with other Angels in SCAN and evaluating and considering investing in opportunities via a regular deal flow process.
The Lunch and Learn session will cover:
- Where Angels fit in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
- What Angels provide for entrepreneurs
- The potential returns
- The high level of risk
- How to evaluate the potential of new entrepreneurial opportunities
- Valuation and Terms and due diligence activities
- The SEC rules
- The Jumpstart rules (crowdfunding)
- Lone Wolf versus Angel Groups
- Does being an Angel fit your capability and capacity??
- Exploring the opportunity further
Sign up now to receive the information on the June 22 venue location (timing is 11am to 1:00pm.) The session is a quality learning opportunity where the issues and your questions will be competently handled.
Details of the June 29th session will be provided to those qualified and interested. There is no charge for either.