No one was more surprised than Bill Robertson himself when he discovered a passion for tracking and killing bugs and unwanted pests.

But the more he thought about it, the more it made sense. After all, according to Robertson, his Marine training — “crawling on my belly” — had prepared him to eliminate an enemy.

That was 1989. 

Everyone has heard of a trademark, but not everyone knows what it is. Fewer understand the importance and value of trademarks and why they are essential to nearly every business.

The most common trademarks consist of a single word (Fishcamp®), a group of words (Outside Hilton Head ™™ )) or a slogan (Docking Made Easy®) that identify a business.  However, trademarks may also include the shape of a product or a product’s unique packaging design, a sound, a scent and a color.

BLUFFTON WOMAN’S BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER INSPIRES BURGEONING BUSINESS

Angie Evangelista was in a dark place in early 2019. She was recovering from surgery and going through chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas.

The surgery removed a piece of her physical being, but it took a greater toll on her emotional well-being.

Missy SantorumSANTORUM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT PALMETTO ELECTRIC

Missy Santorum isn’t quite ready to slow down. Not even close.

She’s still passionate about helping her community, still excited to meet other people and try to make a difference.

After 25 years as Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s public relations manager – and 35 years living on Hilton Head Island – Santorum remains invigorated by the opportunity to help.

BLUFFTON SISTERS TURN COINS INTO INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY

Each morning, 14-year-old Laney Scott puts on her favorite necklace, one she has worn every day for the past three years. It’s a necklace that reminds her on a daily basis of her own strength and resilience.

The necklace has three coins attached to it, each stamped with a different word. Laney said the words “strength,” “survivor” and “princess” helped her get through the most difficult times of her life.

Whether your rental property is a vacation villa by the ocean or a home for a family, professional management companies can provide peace of mind.

REBUILT MARINA IS AN INSPIRATION TO BUSINESS OWNERS, AREA RESIDENTS

In the quiet calm of the early morning, before the sun rises, Leslie Stewart drives to her business at Palmetto Bay Marina and is guided by the light.

“The landscaping is all lit up,” said Stewart, who owns Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café and often arrives at the popular eatery at 5 a.m. “It’s beautiful. I can’t even describe the difference.”

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE FOR REMOTE WORKERS

Many of us find ourselves working at home thanks to the novel coronavirus, and more than a few find it challenging. The current situation is already stressful enough without sitting through a conference call where one coworker is chewing ice and another has a terrible connection. 

This does not make for a productive work environment. 

SPARTINA 449 EXPANDS ITS OFFERINGS TO CLOTHING COLLECTIONS

When Kay Stanley decided to get into the accessories business in 2009, she took her cues from her surroundings: the laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle of Daufuskie Island, where she had recently come —supposedly—to slow down in early retirement.

Spartina 449 is named for the lush sea grass that grows along the South Carolina coast. Stanley’s brand of upscale designer handbags, accessories and now clothes flourished, quickly becoming popular in the Lowcountry and beyond. Her plan for a life of leisure evaporated as quickly as a puddle on a Lowcountry summer day.

BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT? THESE TIPS CAN MAKE IT LESS STRESSFUL

We’re all spending most of our time at home as we practice social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s likely we’ll need to leave the house at some point — to run to the grocery story, the doctor or other necessary errands. And though there might be fewer cars on the streets right now, accidents can still happen. And when they do, it’s an unsettling experience. Whether it’s a fender-bender or a head-on collision, the event instantly disrupts your day.