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Chamber Corner for May 25th-31st

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Chamber announces leadership graduates

Photo above: The members of the Leadership Beaufort Class of 2017 are Lisa Clancy; Chuck Cozart; Joy Craig; Patrick Cunningham; Katelyn Dennis; Alex Dorobantu; Courtney Dukes; Mike Fowlkes; Katie Godowns; Traci Guldner; Lawrence Holdsworth; Chet Houston; Elizabeth Klosterman; Bill Krebs; Addison Jarrell; Kristin McClain; Shakeeya Polite; Bill Prokop; Becky Salazar; Peter Singleton; Dwayne Smalley; John Turbeville; Kristen Webb; Christy Welch-Copeland; Vonetta Williams; and Jason Wilson.
Photo above: The members of the Leadership Beaufort Class of 2017 are Lisa Clancy; Chuck Cozart; Joy Craig; Patrick Cunningham; Katelyn Dennis; Alex Dorobantu; Courtney Dukes; Mike Fowlkes; Katie Godowns; Traci Guldner; Lawrence Holdsworth; Chet Houston; Elizabeth Klosterman; Bill Krebs; Addison Jarrell; Kristin McClain; Shakeeya Polite; Bill Prokop; Becky Salazar; Peter Singleton; Dwayne Smalley; John Turbeville; Kristen Webb; Christy Welch-Copeland; Vonetta Williams; and Jason Wilson.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced the graduates of the Leadership Beaufort Class of 2017. The chamber also encourages others to apply for the upcoming Class of 2018.   

Each year, a group of local leaders learn not only what is going on but how to make a difference in the community. 

The program builds community leadership through an in-depth view of cultural, economic, historic, social, educational, environmental and government resources. The result is that hundreds of alumni have made countless contributions to the community and its quality of life.

The Leadership Beaufort Class of 2017 is made up of a diverse group of Beaufort citizens ranging in age from 24 to 76 years old, 13 men and 13 women, some new to Beaufort and some Beaufort natives. 

Leadership Beaufort applications for the class of 2018 are available at the Chamber Office (701 Craven St.) or online at Applications are due to the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce office no later than 2 p.m. Friday, May 26.

For more information about the program, contact Connie Hipp at  

For more information, visit or call 843-525-8500. 

Chamber hosts event with Sea Eagle Market

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Sea Eagle Market’s newest location at Village Creek with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 34 Hallmark Road, St. Helena Island. 

Sea Eagle Market is family owned and operated by the Reaves family.

With the move of Sea Eagle Market on Boundary Street in December 2016 also came the need for a processing facility. Sea Eagle Market at Village Creek is where the family shrimp boats dock as well as transient shrimp boats from other areas as far away as North Carolina and Florida. The new location has a shellfish processing space where shellfish will be received from harvesters, washed, bagged and tagged for sale to the public. 


Civitas Awards will be held June 2

The Civitas Awards Gala & Annual Meeting will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Tabby Place, 913 Port Republic St. in Beaufort.

Public is invited to First Friday event

First Friday After Five, an event sponsored by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 2, in downtown Beaufort.

Learn the nautical ‘rules of the road’

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By State Farm

Those of us lucky enough to own boats probably don’t spend the majority of our time on the water. 

That general lack of familiarity and experience is why when you do set out in a watercraft — whether for fishing, swimming, water skiing or just cruising — it’s extremely important to familiarize yourself with the rules, requirements and recommendations of boating safety.

The following tips and guidelines are compiled from state and national boating safety organizations, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

The easiest boating safety tip: Wear a life jacket. Statistics show that most boating fatality victims weren’t wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and that nine out of 10 of those water deaths might have been prevented with a PFD. 

A life jacket should be available for each person aboard and be worn or properly stowed. Jackets should fit snugly and be the appropriate size — remember that adult jackets will not work for children. Test your jackets once a year for leaks and buoyancy.

Other potentially life-saving tips include:

• Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Hunters and fishermen boating during colder-weather months should remember that cold water can kill.

• If you can’t swim, take lessons. Even a few rudimentary lessons could someday mean the difference between living and drowning.

• If your boat capsizes, stay with it. Not only will it provide floatation assistance, but it’s easier for rescuers to spot.

• Keep a clear head. Be aware of carbon monoxide. All internal combustion engines produce carbon monoxide , an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas. Poor cabin ventilation, blocked exhaust outlets and faulty equipment can contribute to the problem, but carbon monoxide emissions can affect the boat’s swim platform and other areas near the engine. 

Install carbon monoxide detectors on your boat and be aware of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headaches, nausea, weakness, and irritated eyes — that means staying alert for symptoms that might initially seem like simple seasickness or intoxication.

• Don’t drink and boat. The use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Boating under the influence (BUI or BWI) is as serious a legal offense as driving while intoxicated. Additionally, the detrimental physical effects of drinking while boating can be even more severe — the motion, noise, sun, wind and spray on the water is more exhausting than usual, accelerating the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

• Plan ahead, know the rules. Before launching your boat, learn the nautical “rules of the road” by taking a boater safety class. They are a large part of boating safety, especially when meeting, crossing or overtaking another boat. 

• Leave a float plan. If you’re going to be on the water for a couple hours, make sure someone on land knows where you’re going and when you plan to return. If you’re heading out for a longer stretch, leave a written float plan with the marina or a friend that can aid rescuers in case of an emergency.

• Take a safety class. Insurance discounts may be available for approved boating safety courses.

• Check the weather. Consult local forecasts before heading out, especially during hurricane season. 

• Have communication options. Bring a mobile phone sealed in a water-resistant bag, but don’t rely on it completely. Ideally, you should have a VHF marine radio with DCS (Digital-Coded Squelch) that can give the Coast Guard your position in an emergency.

• Use a kill switch lanyard. On power boats and personal watercrafts, this simple tether between you and the ignition key shuts the engine off if you fall overboard or lose your balance while driving, reducing the potential for harm to you or others in the water.

• Check your equipment and supplies. Take time to go over the condition of your important safety, signal and survival gear, including additional clothing, such as warm clothes, a hat and foul weather gear; anchor and extra line; bailer or bilge pump; boat trailer; charts of the local area and a compass; fire extinguishers; first-aid kit; food and water; fuel and batteries; paddles; personal items (sunscreen, medicines, sunglasses); PFDs; lights; sound producing device (for signaling other craft and potential rescuers); visual distress signal; and a tool kit for repairs.

• Get your boat inspected. If you’re unsure of your boat’s condition, get a Vessel Safety Check (VSC). A VSC is a free examination of your boat courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to verify the presence and condition of all required safety equipment.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm. 

These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policies. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

What’s the best estate plan route for charitable giving

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When developing your estate plan, you can do well by doing good. Leaving money to charity rewards you in many ways. It gives you a sense of personal satisfaction, and it can save you money in estate taxes.

Transfer taxes

The federal government taxes transfers of wealth you make to others, both during your life and at your death. 

In 2017, generally, the federal gift and estate tax is imposed on transfers in excess of $5.49 million and at a top rate of 40 percent. There is also a separate generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax that is imposed on transfers made to grandchildren and lower generations. 

You may also be subject to state transfer taxes.

Careful planning is needed to minimize transfer taxes, and charitable giving can play an important role in your estate plan. By leaving money to charity, the full amount of your charitable gift may be deducted from the value of your gift or taxable estate.

Watch your will

The easiest and most direct way to make a charitable gift is by an outright bequest of cash in your will. Making an outright bequest requires only a short paragraph in your will that names the charitable beneficiary and states the amount of your gift. 

The outright bequest is especially appropriate when the amount of your gift is relatively small, or when you want the funds to go to the charity without strings attached.

Charity beneficiary

If you have funds in an IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan, you can name your favorite charity as a beneficiary. Naming a charity as beneficiary can provide double tax savings. 

First, the charitable gift will be deductible for estate tax purposes. Second, the charity will not have to pay any income tax on the funds it receives. This double benefit can save combined taxes that otherwise could eat up a substantial portion of your retirement account.

Use a charitable trust

Another way for you to make charitable gifts is to create a charitable trust. There are many types of charitable trusts, the most common of which include the charitable lead trust and the charitable remainder trust.

A charitable lead trust pays income to your chosen charity for a certain period of years after your death. Once that period is up, the trust principal passes to your family members or other heirs. The trust is known as a charitable lead trust because the charity gets the first, or lead, interest.

A charitable remainder trust is the mirror image of the charitable lead trust. Trust income is payable to your family members or other heirs for a period of years after your death or for the lifetime of one or more beneficiaries. Then, the principal goes to your favorite charity. 

The trust is known as a charitable remainder trust because the charity gets the remainder interest. 

Depending on which type of trust you use, the dollar value of the lead (income) interest or the remainder interest produces the estate tax charitable deduction.

Note:  There are costs and expenses associated with the creation of these legal instruments.

Charitable lead trust

The charitable lead trust is an excellent estate planning vehicle if you are optimistic about the future performance of the investments in the trust. If created properly, a charitable lead trust allows you to keep an asset in the family while being an effective tax-minimization device.

For example, you create a $1 million charitable lead trust. The trust provides for fixed annual payments of $80,000 (or 8 percent of the initial $1 million value of the trust) to ABC Charity for 25 years. At the end of the 25-year period, the entire trust principal goes outright to your beneficiaries. 

To figure the amount of the charitable deduction, you have to value the 25-year income interest going to ABC Charity. To do this, you use IRS tables.

Based on these tables, the value of the income interest can be high — for example, $900,000. This means that your estate gets a $900,000 charitable deduction when you die, and only $100,000 of the $1 million gift is subject to estate tax.

Charitable remainder trust

A charitable remainder trust takes advantage of the fact that lifetime charitable giving generally results in tax savings when compared to testamentary charitable giving. 

A donation to a charitable remainder trust has the same estate tax effect as a bequest because, at your death, the donated asset has been removed from your estate. 

Be aware, however, that a portion of the donation is brought back into your estate through the charitable income tax deduction.

Also, a charitable remainder trust can be beneficial because it provides your family members with a stream of current income — a desirable feature if your family members won’t have enough income from other sources.

For example, you create a $1 million charitable remainder trust. The trust provides that a fixed annual payment be paid to your beneficiaries for a period not to exceed 20 years. At the end of that period, the entire trust principal goes outright to ABC Charity. 

To figure the amount of the charitable deduction, you have to value the remainder interest going to ABC Charity, using IRS tables. This is a complicated numbers game. 

Trial computations are needed to see what combination of the annual payment amount and the duration of annual payments will produce the desired charitable deduction and income stream to the family.

This article was written by Broadridge, an independent third party, and provided by Hall Sumner, vice president, investments at TLS Wealth Management of Raymond James. Sumner is a financial advisor with Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, located at 2015 Boundary St., Suite 220, Beaufort, SC 29902. He can be contacted at 843-379-6100 or or visit

This information was developed by Broadridge, an independent third party. It is general in nature, is not a complete statement of all information necessary for making an investment decision, and is not a recommendation or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. Investments and strategies mentioned may not be suitable for all investors. 

Know yourself when you begin investing

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A 2016 Gallup poll showed the number of Americans who owned stock matching the all-time low previously hit in 2013. 

After peaking at 65 percent in 2007, the percentage of us who said we were invested in stocks was down to only a little more than half (52 percent) last year. For those younger than 35, the figure dropped to less than 40 percent (down from more than 50 percent).

There are probably a number of reasons for this decline, including fear of the markets following the Great Recession. While it’s true that the stock market has experienced volatility, it’s also been a helpful tool for building wealth over the long term. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

If you’re among those who’ve turned your back on stocks, you may be thinking it’s time to get back into the market – or invest for the first time. If so, a good place to begin is by determining what type of investor you are.

Go solo or get help?

If you’re a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor or have little money to start with, you may want to consider online investing. It makes trading relatively easy and inexpensive. 

However, you may not have the time or confidence in your ability to choose the right investments, which are likely to include other investments besides stocks. If that’s the case, you may want to turn to a professional advisor.

The first thing you should expect is for him or her to get to know you and understand your long-term goals, such as enjoying a financially secure retirement or helping your children or grandchildren afford higher education.

Beginning with that information, your advisor should work with you create an investment plan designed to help you achieve those goals. At the heart of that plan will be a recommended asset allocation, which is nothing more than how your portfolio should be divided up among different types of investments, typically stocks, bonds, and cash alternatives.

Determine your style

There’s more than one way to work with an advisor, and you need to decide which one you’re more comfortable with.

If you want to be the ultimate decision-maker, you may choose to collaborate with your advisor. In this case, he or she will contact you with recommendations, and it will be up to you to decide whether to follow them. With this type of relationship, you’ll likely pay commissions on your transactions.

On the other hand, you may prefer to take a hands-off approach and simply delegate the management of your investments. If you choose this, you will:

• Not be consulted prior to transactions being executed in your account;

• Probably be charged a fee based on a percentage of your account’s value rather than paying commissions;

Choose your advisor wisely

Finding the right advisor is an important decision. You may want to start by talking with friends and relatives whose opinions you respect. If they are working with someone they like, do your own research on them. After all, just because someone is a good fit for your mom or Uncle Charlie doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right for you. 

After you have names of three or four prospective advisors, see what you can find out about them online. That may help narrow your choices. Then talk with them on the phone and schedule appointments to meet with the two who seem most promising. In the end, you may have to “go with your gut” to decide which one to go with. 

This may seem like quite a bit of work, but when your ability to reach your financial goals is at stake, it’s likely to be worth it.

This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Whitney McDaniel in Beaufort, at 843-524-1114. Any third-party posts, reviews or comments associated with this listing are not endorsed by Wells Fargo Advisors and do not necessarily represent the views of Whitney McDaniel or Wells Fargo Advisors and have not been reviewed by the Firm for completeness or accuracy.

Investments in securities and insurance products are not FDIC-insured/not bank-guaranteed/may lose value.

Business briefs for May 18th-24th

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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, Post 9 Commander Chuck Lurey presents Lea, Jimmy and Ross Taylor of Macdonald Marketplace with a certificate thanking them for displaying our nation’s flag.

Beaufort Digital Corridor to celebrate new app

The Beaufort Digital Corridor will host a celebration of its launch of C’reer, a mobile app that matches students with careers and connects them to colleges via chat.

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Beaufort Digital Corridor at 500 Carteret St.

Email to RSVP.

Williams Group PR earns statewide honors 

Williams Group PR, a full-service Lowcountry public relations and marketing firm, earned South Carolina recognition recently for its ongoing campaign to share accurate and timely information about the $33 million Boundary Street improvement project in Beaufort.

The Public Relations Society of America’s South Carolina chapter awarded its Mercury Award of Merit for community relations to Williams Group PR during the annual honors celebration on May 4 in Columbia.

“Helping keep this project front and center with the community is an important challenge,” said John Williams, of Williams Group PR. “To be more than halfway through a $32 million project and to be on budget and on schedule, despite Hurricane Matthew, is amazing. We are proud to help share the stories about the Boundary Street update.”

Fridays @ the Corridor discusses business plans 

When asked whether they read the lengthy business plans that entrepreneurs feel compelled to painstakingly compile, fewer than 2 percent of investors and stakeholders admit they do, preferring instead the one-page executive summary, the 10-page slide deck or the 30-second elevator pitch.

At the May Fridays @ the Corridor event, David Nelems, director of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, will introduce the Lean Canvas Business plan, a business blueprint process that makes planning actionable, while guiding the entrepreneur from ideation, to traction, to successful startup.

This one-hour interactive forum will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 19.

Metered and free street parking is available in and around BASEcamp at 500 Carteret St.

RSVP by emailing Karen Warner at

Attendance is limited to 25 guests, with priority seating for Digital Corridor members. 

The nonmember fee is $10 and can be paid by cash or check at the door.

Anchorage 1770 earns hotel collection distinction

Anchorage 1770 Inn has been invited to become part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, under the banner of Southern Living magazine.

Hand-selected by Southern Living editors, the Hotel Collection is a carefully curated portfolio of the most delightful hotel experiences the South has to offer. 

“From perfectly crafted rooms and restaurants to breathtaking natural surroundings, each of the premier hotel properties captures a charming experience that is both distinctively different and thoroughly southern,” according to a release.

Anchorage 1770, vetted by the editors of Southern Living, becomes the sole Southern Living Collection property in the Beaufort market. The magazine recently rated the town of Beaufort as the “Best Small Town in the South.”

Owners Frank and Amy Lesesne operate the Anchorage as a full-service boutique hotel and a newly re-launched restaurant, The Ribaut Social Club. 

“After being open for less than two years, it is great honor to be selected by our friends at Southern Living,” said Frank Lesesne. “To be included in a collection with the likes of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., and The Wilcox in Aiken is a bit overwhelming.”

Chamber Corner for May 18th-24th

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Coffee with Colleagues at History Center

The Santa Elena Foundation and Heritage Library will join with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce for its May Coffee with Colleagues from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the Santa Elena History Center.

Participants will enjoy coffee, light pastries, a chance to win a door prize and lots of networking.

The Santa Elena Foundation is dedicated to sharing the story of Santa Elena with South Carolinians and the world. Its mission is to expand the story of North American colonization by researching, preserving and promoting Santa Elena, the first European colonial capital.

The Heritage Library is one of the most comprehensive libraries of its kind in the region, with microfilm readers, computers, high-speed Web service and collections of books, microfilm, microfiche, CD-ROM, manuscripts, periodicals, video tapes, audio tapes, and maps. 

The Santa Elena History Center is at 1501 Bay St.

This event is free for chamber members.

Chamber to host ceremony for hospice thrift store

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Friends of Caroline Hospice will be announcing the new name of its new thrift store and celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. 

The event will be hosted by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Its thrift store was formerly known as The Red Door. 

Coffee and light pastries will be provided. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m.

The Friends of Caroline Hospice Thrift Store helps to support its patients and their families. The store is staffed by volunteers and filled with clothing for men, women and children as well as general household items, books, small furniture, toys and more. 


Does temperament play a role in investments?

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By Michael Osteen

When you look up the definition of temperament in the Merriam-Webster dictionary you’ll find the following: “the usual attitude, mood, or behavior of a person or animal.”  

In an online dictionary, it is defined as “a person’s or animal’s nature, especially as it permanently affects their behavior.”  

There are a number of different theories and information pertaining to the topic.

Going back to oldest reveals there is a four temperaments system, which includes sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric and melancholic.

Sanguine temperaments often display lively, optimistic and carefree traits.  

Phlegmatic temperaments often seek close relationships and interpersonal harmony. 

Choleric temperaments often are goal-oriented, savvy, analytical and logical.  

Melancholic temperaments often display a love of traditions, are orderly and involved in community.  

Others have described those using different terms, but the basic characteristics overall are similar. For example, Dr. Helen Fisher uses the labels Explorer, Negotiator, Director and Builder.

There are some circles that would want us to believe that each is totally distinct and apart from the other. Some experts agree that within each of us is a unique combination made up of the four, but with specific traits being more dominate.  

So how does this correlate to investments?  

As Warren Buffet said, “Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ … what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.”  

In general, investors are human and as such are naturally hardwired to react to certain situations by fleeing to safety to keep them out of harm’s way. These same emotional behavior instances become our biggest liability when it comes to investing.  

The successful investors are those that have the ability to keep their heads and remain calm while others are running around crying the sky is falling and panicking.  

To help jump off the emotional rollercoaster, we suggest focusing on the long-term perspective of your investments rather than the daily short-term approach of others.  

This in itself starts to separate mere speculators from serious investors.  

For example, in December of 2013 via our research we found an undervalued company, called Idenix Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:IDIX). We invested in the company. At one point it was down 70 percent, yet we did not panic; we held our position based on sound fundamental analysis.

Later, in August of 2014, Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) paid a nice premium for the company and we realized a 451 percent cumulative (989 percent annualized) return performance.  

To learn more about value investing research, contact me today for a complimentary meeting. 

Michael Osteen, MBA, is chief investment strategist with Port Wren Capital LLC with a 252-percent, three-year cumulative (36.04 percent annualized) return performance using independent value investment research.  Email him at  

This column is not to be intended as investment advice. It is solely for general information, and you are advised to perform your own research and due diligence prior to making any type of investment and that investing in stocks involves risks that could result in part or all of your capital invested.

Do you need renters insurance?

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By State Farm

Moving day has come and gone. Your furniture is in place, the utilities are hooked up, and your rental unit is starting to look like a home. Is renters insurance next on your to-do list?

If you answered no, you’re not alone. 

According to the Independent Insurance Adjusters & Brokers of America (IIABA), almost two-thirds of residential lessees in the United States don’t carry renters insurance.

Yet a renters policy is more important, accessible and affordable than you might think. But renters are often unclear about what renters insurance is and what it covers.

Here are the top myths — and the facts — about renters insurance:

1. The landlord’s insurance covers your possessions. Don’t count on it. Most landlords’ insurance covers only the building and damages due to negligence. Coverage for some of the most common causes of property damage and loss, such as theft, vandalism and fire, is entirely up to you. Without renters insurance, you may have to bear the financial burden of a loss on your own.

2. Renters insurance is expensive. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves. According to the IIABA, the average renters policy costs just $12 a month for up to $30,000 in personal property coverage. That’s solid coverage for less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week.

3. Still concerned about price? Your insurer will work with you to find the combination of coverage and costs that suits your needs. You might even qualify for a discount by taking some simple home safety precautions or purchasing another policy, such as auto insurance, with the same insurer.

4. You don’t need insurance if your stuff isn’t expensive. Most renters’ belongings cost more than they think. In fact, the average person has over $20,000 worth of belongings that are probably not covered by a landlord’s policy.

5. Think that number is too high? Take a moment to add up the approximate cost of your computer, television, stereo, furniture, jewelry and clothing. If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?

6. Renters insurance covers only your possessions. In fact, renters insurance covers much more than just your personal property: The average policy also includes up to $100,000 in liability coverage. That means in the event of a covered loss your insurer will help cover the costs if you’re held responsible for injuring another person or damaging another person’s property, including your landlord’s. Moreover, this coverage applies whether the incident occurred within your residence or elsewhere.

7. Renters insurance is hard to get. The Internet makes getting renters insurance easier than ever. You can research providers, compare quotes and even find an agent online. Or, just as easily, you can place a quick call to an insurance representative. Answer a few questions and you’re likely to get a rate quote almost immediately.

Business brief for April 27th-May 3rd

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McMaster signs order reducing regulations

Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by cabinet officials recently to announce that he has issued Executive Order 2017-09, which provides state agencies with guidance on reducing regulations. 

The order is designed help maintain and expand the state’s competitive business climate, according to a press release. 

“Burdensome regulations must never hurt our main street businesses or weaken South Carolina’s competitive edge in economic recruitment,” said McMaster. “This Executive Order demonstrates my administration is committed to a transparent and business friendly regulatory environment that will foster growth and prosperity for all South Carolinians.”

According to the press release, “Recognizing that businesses thrive when regulatory enforcement is transparent, consistent and independent from political influence, Gov. McMaster issued this order that establishes a framework to ensure responsible regulation by taking the following steps:

• Utilizes a common sense Rotarian style four-part test before promulgating regulations;

• Identifies current regulations that need elimination;

• Promotes transparency by posting all information on regulation process online.”

Chamber Corner for April 27th-May 3rd

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Chamber is offering help with homebuying

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, a HUD-approved agency, is offering classes for first-time homebuyers. 

The classes, if completed, allow a homebuyer a certificate of 18 credit hours that can be presented to their loan officer to purchase a home. The primary objective of the program is to educate families and individuals in order to help them make smart decisions regarding improving their housing situation and meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeowership.   

For the purposes of HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, education is defined as formal classes, with established curriculum and instructional goals, provided in a group or classroom setting covering topics such as the home buying process; how to maintain a home; budgeting; fair housing; identifying and reporting predatory lending practices; and the importance of good credit.  

The next session, “Are You Ready to Buy a Home?,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the chamber office at 801 Bladen St. in Beaufort.

For additional information, call 843-986-1102.

Public is invited to First Friday event

First Friday After Five, an event sponsored by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 5, in downtown Beaufort.

This is an opportunity to explore galleries and downtown shops. There will also be refreshments and live music.

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