• Two Realtors have joined Century 21 Diamond Realty.

Alice Risley moved to Hilton Head Island last year from West Islip, N.Y.

In addition to assisting buyers and sellers with home purchases, she brings her experience and skill in interior design to her real estate work by staging homes for sale. She also organizes and helps sellers clear out after a sale.

Risley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, graduating cum laude.

Contact Risley at alicerisley.c21

@gmail.com or 631-860-1855.

Joe Laferrera has lived in Bluffton for 18 years, having moved from Staten Island, N.Y. He is a graduate of the New York City Police Academy, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the South Carolina Fire Academy.

He has served 26 years in public service and currently serves as a firefighter for the Department of Defense at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.

Contact Laferrera at joelaferrerac21 @gmail.com or 843-247-4344 or visit joelaferrerajrrealestate.com.

Century 21 Diamond Realty is based in Bluffton and serves the Lowcountry. For more information, visit Century21 DiamondRealty.com.

  • Kim Edenfield has opened Nutri-West Blue Ridge at 386 Spanish Wells Road on Hilton Head Island.

Edenfield has 17 years of business management experience.

Her new company is a local distributorship for Nutri-West pharmacy-grade nutritional supplements for healthcare professionals. The supplements include vitamins, homeopathics and tinctures.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 843-842-3688 or visit nutriwest blueridge.com.

Matt Walley has joined the team at the Joan Kelly Group at Keller Williams Realty as director of sales. He also will be working with buyers and sellers.

Walley grew up in Pittsburgh and has lived in New York City, Berlin and Zimbabwe, with extended stays in Italy, Spain and Israel. He recently relocated back to Hilton Head Island.

Walley comes from a family steeped in real estate since 1898, when his great-grandfather opened the Walley Agency in the Pittsburgh area. The business was handed down from generation to generation. Walley worked with his father from 1989 to 1995, when he relocated to New York City to become an opera singer.

Walley and his wife moved to Hilton Head in 2004 and he joined Keller Williams Realty as a team leader. In this position, he went on to lead KW offices in the Southeast and in South Africa.

In addition to coaching real estate agents, Walley is also a certified Frame of Mind life coach.

Contact Walley at 843-682-8181 or visit JoanKellyGroup.com.

  • The annual Business Owner Summit will be held Sept. 27 at Venue 1223, 1223 May River Road in Bluffton.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration a networking lunch, and concludes with networking cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Speakers include leadership coaches Dave Ferguson, Chris Hook and Ryan Dohrn, as well as local entrepreneurs and business owners.

Tickets are $145 per person and may be purchased at businessowner events.com.

  • Coastal Gastroenterology recently became the first medical practice in the Lowcountry to establish a state registered apprenticeship in its practice. The apprenticeship trains a medical assistant to become the assistant office manager.

The practice plans to provide additional apprenticeships for other positions in the future.

The Ready SC apprenticeship program is an “earn while you learn” training model that combines structured on-the-job training, job related education, and a scalable wage progression. Participating businesses earn an annual tax credit for each employee in the program.

In the first ten years of the program, South Carolina registered 965 programs with 28,304 through 2017.

Apprenticeship programs are available in many industries, including manufacturing, construction, energy and utilities, healthcare, information technology, tourism and service industries, and transportation and logistics.

  • The Low Country Human Resources Association will hold its annual conference, entitled “Recruiting and Retaining Employees in a Tight Labor Market,” from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, in Hardeeville.

Several local experts will discuss effective methods for finding and retaining quality candidates. Business owners, managers, HR representatives, and those responsible for recruiting are welcome to attend.

Dr. John Salazar of USCB will be the keynote speaker and will analyze the demographics of local counties and their effect on employment. Additional speakers will discuss changes in immigration and visa laws, transitioning for military veterans, recruiting the Hispanic community, and strategies for retaining good employees.

The cost for the event is $25 and includes lunch.

Registration is required by Sept. 9. To register, visit lowcountryshrm.starchapter.com. For more information, call 843-816-4985.

  • The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) has been awarded a 2018 Industry Leader Award by the National Safety Council.

The award is a component of the NSC’s member-exclusive Safety Awards Program. The award benchmarks outstanding safety achievements among member companies.

BJWSA is one of 65 companies nationwide chosen for the award, which recognizes the top 5 percent of those who met the criteria.

As of the end of FY18, BJWSA had sustained a record 1,163 days to accumulate 1,047,540 hours without an injury resulting in a lost workday.

For mor information, visit BJWSA .org

Michael Mark, CCIM and commercial broker, has joined Charter One Realty’s commercial division.

He has been servicing commercial and residential clients in the Beaufort area for more than a decade. After becoming a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Mark’s primary focus has been commercial real estate with multiple transactions, including development land, historic renovation projects and income-producing investment properties.

The commercial division of Charter One Realty specializes in a full range of investment, leasing and valuation services.

Mark can be reached at 843-812-6023 or MMark@CCIM.net.