Business Briefs


Wendy Sanders has joined Collins Group Realty as the team support specialist in its Hilton Head Island office.

Sanders's pivotal role on the company's staff includes welcoming clients, office administration, and support for the company's marketing department.

A Clemson University alumnus, Sanders holds a degree in marketing and has worked in various advertising and communications roles over the years on Hilton Head Island, and in Greensboro, N.C.

Sanders and her husband Chris have lived on the Island for 25 years and raised three boys. Their twins, Chase and Weston, are seniors at Clemson, and their youngest, Griffin, is a junior at Hilton Head Island High School.

Sanders volunteers with the non-profit Backpack Buddies, and enjoys crafting, gardening, boating and being outside.

For more information, contact Ashley Lindblad 843-837-6700 or

Melissa Arnold, Esq. has joined Hopeful Horizons as the organization's full-time staff attorney.

She comes to Hopeful Horizons after a successful private practice in Bluffton. She was formerly a staff attorney with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and is the former executive director of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers.

Arnold earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and her law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Legal services for Hopeful Horizons are funded by the S.C. Bar Foundation, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Assistance for Victims Program.

To access Hopeful Horizons' legal team - and all services offered by Hopeful Horizons -call the 24/7 hotline at 800-868-2632.

Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center. For more information, visit

Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services has opened its third location at 17 Sherington Drive, Suite D in Bluffton.

This new operation joins the original two locations in North Charleston and Ladson in serving the families of the Lowcountry. Joseph Demerly is the location leader at the new office.

"Since launching our first location in the Charleston area in 2012, we have continued to get requests from Lowcountry families to open in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area," Demerly said. "The opening of our facility in Bluffton is a natural progression due to the frequency of calls from the area."

The company will serve families from throughout the region, including Beaufort and Ridgeland. Services range from simple, direct cremation to full, traditional burials.

For more information, call 843-779-1775 or visit

SCORE, the nation's largest provider of free business mentoring services to aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and nonprofit organizations, held its annual celebration and awards ceremony Feb. 10 at Poseidon's Rooftop Bar on Hilton Head Island. The event included business mentors, clients, sponsors, and SCORE leaders.

The following awards were presented by the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter:

• Client Business of the Year: Art League of Hilton Head Island

• Start Up Client Businesses of the Year: Pawmetto Pet Services and Appliance Solutions

• Mentor of the Year: John Ferrara

Also announced was that the Lowcountry SCORE's chapter, with 30 years of service to the area, received the 2019 South Carolina Chapter of the Year award. This award follows the chapter's similar recognition from 2018.

For more information about Lowcountry SCORE, visit or contact the office at 843-785-7101.

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