A “Big” Small Town
Today’s technology makes it possible to work from just about any place. Burgeoning businesses and savvy entrepreneurs are choosing locations that meet their quality of life needs as well as their business checklist. Bluffton is in a growth and innovation mode that’s attractive to both established businesses as well as start-ups.
What was once a one square mile village, Bluffton now encompasses 54 square miles and is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of South Carolina. According to the latest 2010 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Bluffton’s population grew an astounding 883 percent over the last decade. Evidence of this growth can be seen in the creation of new award-winning K-12 schools as well as two higher education institutions with campuses in the Bluffton area- the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Hilton Head Gateway campus and the Technical College of the Lowcountry New River Campus.
Starting a business in Bluffton?
The Town of Bluffton is dedicated to the concept of entrepreneurship, innovation and attracting high-tech industries. One of the best examples is the new Don Ryan Center for Innovation. A public/private partnership with the Town of Bluffton and Clemson University that’s leading the charge in developing new technology start-ups in Bluffton. The Center strives to provide innovators with consulting, resources and space to grow their businesses more quickly. Resources provided includes the linking of innovators to intellectual property, technology evaluation, product development services, seed financing, business mentorship, corporate relationships and recruiting. In addition, assistance is provided to locate funding sources and in the preparation of funding requests. The #1 goal is to support new technology company formation and development in Bluffton by helping increase the probability innovators will be successful. For more information, please visit www.ryan-innovation-center.com.
Whether you’re looking to start a new business or relocate an existing organization, the Bluffton community provides an atmosphere that inspires new ideas and encourages business growth. For more information, visit www.townofbluffton.sc.gov.