Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does a chamber of commerce do?

The mission of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is to advance the common interests of the membership, stimulate the expanding regional economy, and enhance the quality of life for all. The chamber offers useful tools and services to its members, such as networking opportunities and referrals, educational opportunities, and credentials. It also represents the region’s business community on matters of public policy and public affairs.

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Why should I become a chamber member? What are the benefits?

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce helps members market their businesses successfully—in fact, people are 63% more likely to purchase from a small business that is a chamber member. With increased exposure and customer referrals, members save not only money, but also time! Chamber members report seeing a noticeable difference in customer referrals and business exposure that positively impacts their bottom line. 

Take advantage of useful tools, such as reduced cost insurance, a free Workforce Resource Center, and complimentary membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—which makes businesses eligible for a multitude of additional discounts. Members can access useful resource tools and free confidential counseling at the Business Assistance Center. Participating in programs such as the Business Expo can further your business’ reach and exposure even more. 

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How do I become a member?

To become a chamber member, contact Beverly Maloney at 843-341-8375. You’ll also need to complete this application form and fax it to 843-785-7110. Your request will be followed up within 24 hours of applying.  

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How much does membership cost?

Membership costs vary depending on the type and size of your business. For example, restaurants’ costs are dependent on the number of seats, while hotels and inns pay based upon the number of rooms. Contact Beverly Maloney at 843-341-8375 or by email to find out what the investment for your business would cost. Chamber dues are tax deductible. 

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Once I’m a member, how do I manage my online account? 

The first thing you’ll need to do is create your personal profile. After your personal profile is created, you can set up organizational accounts—these accounts represent your businesses or organizations that you wish to promote through the chamber. You can have more than one organizational account if you own more than one business. Enter all the relevant information for each business or organization. Then, you can create and publish special offers or upcoming events related to your businesses. Learn more about Using the Partner Portal.

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