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 Ashley@CollinsGroupRealty.com

• 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 lowcountryfuneral.com.

• The Technical College of the Lowcountry Center for Business and Workforce Solutions is offering a free spring workshop, titled Leveraging QuickBooks for Business Success, at its three campuses March 9, 12 or 17.

The workshop includes the industry’s best tips and tricks for maximizing a business through QuickBooks. Participants can learn how to ease bookkeeping struggles; transfer information to an account; send invoices via email; accept payments online; and balance bank statements using QuickBooks.

The hour-and-a-half interactive workshop will be led by TCL’s Administrative Office technology instructor, Latesha McComas.

The workshops will be held:

• 6-7:30 p.m. March 9 at the Beaufort Campus

• 6-7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Hampton Campus

• 6-7:30 p.m. March 17 at the New River Campus

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit tcl.edu/bizu.

For more information, contact Melanie Gallion at 843-525-8224 or mgallion@tcl.edu.

• 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 sclowcountryscore.org or contact the office at 843-785-7101.

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 hopefulhorizons.org.

Ray Marinaccio, owner of Pool Scouts of The Lowcountry, recently won two awards from Pool Scouts for the work he has done since opening just about two years ago.

Marinaccio’s awards include the Highpoint Award for best customer service and sales skills, and the Pool Net Award for the most new customers recruited in 2019 in the Pool Scouts system.

In fact, Marinaccio recruited 1.3 times as many customers as in 2018, servicing pools in the area 2,675 times last year.

Marinaccio worked as an attorney for 18 years and moved to the Lowcountry a few years ago with his wife in order to be closer to his children who attended Clemson. The couple had wanted their own business for awhile and it was while cleaning his own pool that he was inspired. He found Pool Scouts, opening the location that serves Bluffton, Savannah, Beaufort and Hilton Head in early spring 2018. The company is located at 110 Traders Cross in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-466-5606.

• The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will host a Coffee Networking from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 10 at its office, 217 Goethe Road in Bluffton.

The gathering is open to all business persons to give feedback and suggestions about what the chamber can do for local businesses.

No registration required. For more information, visit blufftonchamberofcommerce.org.

• The Lowcountry Home & Garden Show will be held March 27-29 at Buckwalter Recreation Center, 905 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 and 28, and noon to 4 p.m. March 29.

Exhibitors includes 90-plus companies that provide home services and products, and garden supplies and services. Included is a home tour, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, farmers market and do-it-yourself workshops.

Lunch will be available from food trucks.

Admission is $5 per person for ages 18 and older. Children are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit lowcountryhomeandgardenshow.com.