Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
Beaufort Regional Chamber Weekly e-Newsletter   
July 2, 2012  
From the Chairman:

Frankie HeadshotI couldn't be happier to serve as your new Board Chairman; and have no doubt that together we will make a positive impact on the local business community in the coming year.

The new Board of Directors and I are committed to working on your behalf to partner with businesses, public entities and individuals that ultimately result in making your business more successful.

We look forward to working with the Chamber staff to implement the new initiatives and programs that will further increase tourism to our area and to provide local businesses with smart tools and practices to increase overall revenue.  We want and need your help as we continue to find new ways to reach for our vision "To be the most influential organization in the region creating the preferred community to invest, prosper and enjoy."

As your Board Chairman, it is my job to make sure we are directing the Chamber in the direction you want to see it go.   Let's get started & Happy New Year!
Frankie Signature

Frankie Denmark 

2012-2013 Chairman of the Board 

Tourism Update: 


The 4th of July holiday is a barometer for the travel season for many parts of the country.  The same can be said in Beaufort as well.  Fripp Island, Harbor Island, and Hunting Island have all seen a very busy week thus far.  


Alissa Murrie, Director of Marketing with Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort, said that they are at 100% occupancy for the week of the 4th.  "This is the start to a very busy month for vacationers staying at the resort and the week of July 4th is by far our biggest week of the year," said Alissa Murrie.

Harbor Island is also up, indicating that they are seeing occupancy hovering just above 80% capacity.


Celebrations of the 4th will take place throughout the area.


July 4th Celebration Town of Port Royal

July 4, 2012 - 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th in the Town of Port Royal with a dual fireworks display presented by Parris Island and the Town of Port Royal.  Festivities will be held on Sands Beach and will commence at 5:00pm.  Bring your beach chairs and bug spray and celebrate our birthday.


Parris Island Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2012 - 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Come celebrate with the Marine Corps on our Nation's Birthday!  A dual fireworks display  is presented by Parris Island and the Town of Port Royal.  Gates open at 5:00pm, and fireworks can be observed from the parade deck. For more information click here. 


Congratulations 2012 Civitas Award Winners!


Tourism Leadership - Beaufort Water Festival

Outstanding Employee - Androula Weiland, Main Street Beaufort

Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional - Stephen Murray, Kazoobie Kazoos

Outstanding Leadership Beaufort Alumni - Terry Bennett

Outstanding Non-Profit - HELP of Beaufort

Community Stewardship - Robinson Grant & Co. 

Excellence In Free Enterprise - Greenbug All Natural Pest Control Products

Regional Economic Impact - Technical College of the Lowcountry

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year - Sgt. Ashley Mohr, USMC, MCRD Parris Island

Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year - HM2 Samuel J. Woodson, USN, Naval Hospital Beaufort

Military Citizenship Award - Bill  Severns

Lifetime of Leadership - Robert DeLoach 

Chamber Offers Consultants on Demand
Consultants on Demand is a program that provides Chamber members with access to experts to assist with specific problems or challenges. Areas of expertise range from advertising and marketing to legal assistance, customer service to financial planning and everything in between!

Members interested can contact Renee Faucher at 525-8537 or
No Bluffton Networking in July

Please note there will not be a Bluffton Networking event in the month of July due to the July 4 holiday. 

In August, we will debut our new Beaufort Networking event at the Hilton Garden Inn Beaufort located off Boundary Street. We are looking to provide Networking opportunities North and South of the Broad.  We will alternate each month from one location to the other. The next Bluffton Networking will be held September 6th at the  Holiday Inn Express off Bluffton Road. 
Government Affairs Update 
Last week, the General Assembly was able to reach a budget compromise preventing a shutdown of the South Carolina government.  Click here to read the details and other items from the South Carolina Chamber's final update of the legislative session.

Last week, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law H. 3710 which allows for temporary professional licensing for military spouses moving to the state.  The Chamber partnered with the Columbia and Charleston Chamber's on supporting this legislation and working to move it through the General Assembly.  We have long supported legislation with this aim to make South Carolina a friendlier place for our military families.  

On Tuesday evening, members of the Military Enhancement Committee met with Beaufort City Council for a discussion on sequestration.  City Council is considering a resolution presented by the MEC urging action from our national leaders to prevent these devastating cuts to our national defense set to begin in January.  Beaufort County, Town of Port Royal, Town of Bluffton and Town of Hilton Head Island have all passed the resolution.  To learn more about sequestration, visit  Additionally, the MEC is urging members of the community to contact Congress to emphasize the need to find a solution to sequestration to avoid damaging our national defense and local economy.    
Business Tip of the Week: "What the Health Care Decision Means For Your Small Business"


Last week, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal healthcare law.  There is much uncertainty as to how the legislation and decision will impact small businesses.  The Wall Street Journal attempts to answer some of the questions facing small businesses in this article.

South Carolina E-Verify Penalties Began July 1


The State of South Carolina has required employers to use the federal e-verify system to check the immigration status of new employees since January 1.  Starting on yesterday, July 1, South Carolina will now begin penalizing employers failing to use the e-verify system.  According to The State, penalties can range from probation to the suspension or even revocation of a business license.  Click here for more details from The State or visit for more information on the law from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber Welcomes the Following New Member:


Beaufort Winlectric
245 Robert Smalls Parkway 
Beaufort, SC 29906 4221 
P 843-986-0575 
Upcoming Events:


When:    Monday, July 9, 9:00 a.m.
Where:  Buffalo Wild Wings
                121 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort

Join the team at Buffalo Wild Wings in celebrated the grand opening of their new location on Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort.

Contact Renee Faucher at or 843.525.8537 for more information or to RSVP to any of our upcoming events. 

In This Issue
From the President
Tourism Update
Civitas Award Winners
Consultants on Demand
Bluffton Networking
Government Affairs Update
Business Tip of the Week
SC E-Verify Requirements
New Members
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Chamber Partners


HARGRAY - NEW 2010  



MCAS Beaufort New 




First Citizens Bank




Regions Bank 



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