Business briefs for February 16th-22nd

Photo above: American Legion Beaufort Post 9 is striving to promote both patriotism and businesses in the Beaufort area by calling attention to those that proudly display the U.S. flag at their location. Post 9 presents those enterprises with a framed certificate thanking them. Here, Vice Commander Paul Sweet presents Katelyn Dennis, manager of Sugarbelle, a certificate of appreciation.

Experts to discuss Lowcountry workforce

A workforce summit to discuss issues, concerns and possible solutions for future labor in the Lowcountry will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Hilton Head Lakes’ lakehouse in Hardeville.

Several organizations will be on a panel of experts to give overviews of initiatives and programs that are ongoing and upcoming to resolve skilled labor gaps for graduates.  

Each panelist will do a brief presentation, followed by roundtable discussions, a question-and-answer session and lunch.

Those represented are superintendent of Beaufort County schools, Dr. Jeff Moss; executive director of the Don Ryan Innovation Center and the newly formed Beaufort County Economic Development Corp., David Nelems; Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls; regional manager of the SC Department of Employment & Workforce, Michelle Adams; regional workforce advisor, Lowcountry of SC Department of Commerce, Kim Statler; and executive director for Institutional Advancement & TCL Foundation, Mary Lee Carns.

This event is being hosted by the Beaufort Regional Chamber, the Greater Bluffton Chamber and the Jasper County Chamber as a coalition of chambers to bring organizations, businesses and the community together within the region for the betterment of all concerned.

The cost is $30 for area chamber members and $45 for the public and includes lunch.  

The deadline to reserve is Thursday, Feb. 16. Seating is limited.

For more information or reservations, call Megan Kelley, event coordinator, at 843-757-1010 or email megan@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.

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