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Where you do business says as much as how you do business. It’s why more and more companies are moving to the heart of the Lowcountry – Bluffton, South Carolina. Tucked between Savannah, Georgia, Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina, our coastal village town has the charm of a small town while providing the progressiveness and conveniences of a larger city. Strategically located near I-95, airports, train stations, ports and distribution centers, your business and employees are unburdened by the big- city stressors such as traffic and commutes however, able to easily travel and transport your services and products.

Bluffton was the first town in the State to partner with Clemson University to establish a Technology Village Incubator, known as the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI). This local business incubator offers resources and partnerships to assist regional start-up companies prepare themselves for success in the marketplace.  Along with the Bluffton Public Development Corporation (BPDC) the Town committed to economic development.   In 2016 Town Council authorized the merger of these two entities into a single entity know as the Don Ryan center for Innovation, Inc. 

This new entity fosters and promotes economic development in six general areas: 

  1. Business Incubation
  2. Co-working offerings (The HUB)
  3. Education & Outreach
  4. Business Attraction, Expansion & Retention
  5. Workforce Development
  6. Business Startup/Concierge Services

The region’s higher educational institutions, University of South Carolina at Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry, both with campuses in the Bluffton Area and the City of Beaufort, provide an eager and educated workforce. Both institutions have a reputation for working to establish programs and curriculum to augment the economic needs and the local market place.

Most importantly, the charm and attractions of living in a southeastern coastal village offers you and your employees an enhanced quality-of-life that is second to none. The Atlantic Ocean, May River and subtropical weather provide a laid-back, coastal culture while the business acumen of the town and local economy provide the support necessary to relocate or start your business here.

Bluffton is among the fastest-growing towns in the country and has received countless accolades throughout the past few years. The town’s diverse demographics, housing prices, amenities and professional opportunities are an irresistible draw which has resulted in a 1,233% explosion in population since 2000. Described as a “Southern Dream Town,” by Garden and Gun Magazine, Bluffton’s mission is to provide a progressive business environment while preserving the cultural assets, such as history, arts, and natural resources, all of which create the “state of mind” and personality that is the Bluffton community.

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