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Lisa Sulka, Mayor of Bluffton

May 6, 2020

A Note from Lisa Sulka

Lisa Sulka

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Krisztian Lonyai
The HUB at Buckwalter Construction Update The new home of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) nearing completion

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Even in the midst of uncertain times, The Don Ryan Center for Innovation is excited to receive reports that The HUB, our much-anticipated brand-new facility, is nearly finished. Not only is this exciting for the staff and members of the Don Ryan Center, but this beautiful facility will serve as the home of Innovation and Economic Development for the Bluffton area.

Located at Buckwalter Place, next to Kroger and behind St Joseph/Candler, this is going to be an exciting and innovative location that will be the point for all business activities in the Lowcountry. Construction on the exterior has been fashioned with all the finishing touches, including eye-catching signage that welcomes future members into the space. The interior is being completed with gorgeous interior design, state of the art technology, and a remarkable view of the new Town Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The Hub at Buckwalter allows the Don Ryan Center to expand its networking events and programs for members. With the launch of the new space comes new and improved programs, such as Pre-Start, Startup, and Growth.
DRCI’s Pre-Start class subject matter experts and mentors join each week to ensure entrepreneurs are surrounded by support as they plan their venture. The Acceleration Launch 10-week program covers a wide range of topics and aids in charting your course through entrepreneurial waters. The Startup program covers many different facets of getting a new business off the ground, and the Growth program is a deeper dive for mature businesses that are already executing a business plan and have established revenues.

This is a very important part of our town, especially during these times, as this is the economic development and business start-up arm of the town. This board and staff members are working diligently on ways to help our small businesses during the current pandemic, and you will soon see some of the ideas and programs released to the public. Please follow this on Facebook, Instagram and on our town website.

If you are interested in membership at the Don Ryan Center, please call (843) 540-0405 or visit our website at

To end this, as I have said many times over the past month: Stay Strong, Stay Home. 

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