Letter to the Editor - January 3, 2019
This has been a great year for DIBA and I want to thank all our members for their support, input and relationship-building for Daniel Island businesses in 2018.
Daniel Island is entering its third decade of commercial growth and more and more businesses are calling the island home. Currently there are 1.4 million square feet of commercial space in 52 buildings on Daniel Island, with another 600,000 square feet to be built. Our two largest employers, Blackbaud and Benefitfocus, employee 2,000 of the 6,000 individuals who work here every day. Those two employers have room to expand even more, potentially adding another 1,300 employees to the daytime population of Daniel Island. By our estimates, there are 225 individual businesses that currently work out of the 52 commercial buildings. In the past four years, nearly 60 new businesses have decided to make Daniel Island their primary address. There are another 80 new home-based businesses that have incorporated during that same period.
Your participation in our block parties has become so successful that many are sold out as soon as they are announced. In 2019, we will make significant improvements in our block parties that will improve your message to educate the participants of your business. We would love to hear from members about how we’re doing serving them, and, even better, we would love to have members join our board of directors. Don’t hesitate to bring us your ideas and thoughts and comments. One additional benefit to being on the board is that your membership dues are free while you serve on the board. No matter your expertise, we would be happy to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. None of what DIBA does for its members could be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our board - Deanna Bologna, vice president; Pete Harper, resource director; Kim Fulp, treasurer; Jennifer Fort, IT director; Terra Futch, social media director; and Nicole Stewart, secretary. I want to thank them for all they’ve done to make 2018 such a successful year and for their service in 2019.
This is a time of year to be thankful for all our blessings and aid those less fortunate. My hope is that we all prosper and grow in 2019 and that our families and friends are healthy and happy for years to come.
Daniel Island Business Association