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Success Story Archive

coastal diving

Italian entrepreneur invests in the U.S.

Ivan Puglisi, a professional diver with a successful diving business in Italy, wanted to start a similar business in the United States. After vacationing on Hilton Head Island, he decided that the Lowcountry was the perfect location for his business.

Puglisi said, “My investment in Hilton Head resulted from a vacation to the area in 2011. Having started and built a similar, successful business in Italy, I knew that I could expand and start the same business in the coastal area of South Carolina. My goal is to provide fast and professional diving services to boat owners resulting in complete customer satisfaction.”

In addition to salvage services, Coastal Diving offers boat owners a variety of service like towing, fuel and battery delivery, jump starts and engine assistance. Underwater services include professional bottom cleaning of boats, propeller repairs, removal of tangled ropes, nets and fishing lines, retrieval of items lost overboard, mooring and canal marker installations, dock inspections and repair and video underwater inspections. They can even offer assistance for underwater research and documentary films.


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mel wallaceSouth Carolina Small Business Development Centers
welcomes new director for SC State Region

SC Small Business Development Centers welcomes Mel Wallace as the new director of the SC State Region SBDC. As director, Wallace will lead outreach, education and consulting services for the SBDC in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.

Wallace, formerly the manager for the SC SBDC’s Minority Outreach Program, will continue to focus on the African-American community and other underserved client populations. Wallace plans to make a greater impact in these underserved areas by introducing entrepreneurship as a means to lower poverty rates.

“Hundreds of South Carolinians are waiting to live their dream, create their own livelihoods and build their community through entrepreneurial pursuits,” says Wallace “I believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty.”

A business strategist for advanced construction technologies, including (BIM) building information modeling, Wallace has more than 20 years in advanced technology sales, channel management and corporate development of technology service providers. Previously a senior advisor with Ampirix Consulting, Wallace was also director of business development for Satellier, a multinational solution provider of documentation and digital design services. Wallace is the founder of Visually Intelligent Solutions, a technology start-up offering consulting, training and design support for architectural, engineering and construction industries.


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