Hilton Head Island Business Climate

With its mix of small town atmosphere, urban feel, and a sustainable community, Hilton Head Island has a business-friendly environment able to handle the demands of a growing economy. Low utility and health care costs and low corporate income tax and workers’ compensation rates, make Hilton Head Island a top choice for expanding or relocating your business. Hilton Head is located midway between the ports and airports of Savannah and Charleston, the planned Jasper Ocean Terminal, and the East Coast rail corridor. And, Interstate 95 is just minutes away, making us an ideal location for global warehouse and distribution centers and associated commerce, as well as the growing technology industry. The community’s focus on sustainability and green living, make it a place you and your family will be able to stay forever.

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Tourism is a leading industry on Hilton Head Island. There are numerous resort and hotel jobs, everything from marketing to accounting. Hilton Head Island also has a large retail and professional sector. The resort lifestyle means that you might be able to find a job with non-traditional hours. Many retirees enjoy working resort jobs on the weekends, leaving their weekdays free for golf and tennis.

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Virtual Business

Using today’s technology, many people have taken advantage of being able to stay connected with their home office while living and working in their ideal place. The Hilton Head Island-Bluuffton Chamber of Commerce even has videoconferencing facilities on the Island, so you will never miss a meeting!


Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Set your own hours? Make all the important decisions? Then maybe starting a business on Hilton Head Island is for you! Hilton Head is the home to many local companies, started up by residents who have moved here looking for something new.


Take your knowledge of the corporate world, and you can turn into a consultant for our local businesses. Consulting offers you the freedom to set your own schedule, as well as offering the community a new insight.

Technology-Based Businesses

Technology-based businesses such as CareCore National and Field Stone Marketing have created a number of jobs in the Lowcountry area. Gulf Stream is located 30 miles away in Savannah, and the new Boeing 787 Jet Assembly Plant is located in nearby Charleston.


A growing number of people are moving their families to Hilton Head Island, while still working their job in another city. With the close proximity to two airports, many people have chosen to enjoy the Hilton Head Island lifestyle on the weekend, and fly back to their jobs during the week. The Hilton Head Airport on the Island offers frequent daily flights to Charlotte, and a Saturday flight to/from Washington D.C., with connections around the world. Located 45 minutes away, the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offer daily, direct non-stop service from over 17 US cities.

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