2022 Advocacy Priorities

Build community awareness & support for local businesses

• Shift citizen and institutional spending to local businesses through highly-visible awareness campaigns, including Eat Local Season and Buy Local Season.

Support policies & development that level the playing field for local businesses

• Eliminate red tape for starting or operating a local business.
• Collaborate with developers to increase availability of right-sized, affordable commercial spaces for local businesses.
• Support the creation of independent business districts through regulation of “formula businesses,” property tax abatements, and other innovative methods.
• Educate the public and local businesses on anti-monopoly regulation of Amazon to encourage competition, entrepreneurial opportunity, and fair practices toward small businesses.
• Champion policies to address the root causes of workforce challenges, including affordable housing, a multi-modal transportation system, affordable/accessible childcare, skills training, etc.

Empower local businesses to start, grow & do good

• Support emerging minority-owned businesses through business education, mentorship, and relationship-building.
• Promote triple bottom line business models (People-Planet-Profit), including Benefit Corporations and ‘Highroad’ business practices.
• Advocate for sustained sources of capital in the form of low-interest loans or grants for small businesses.



Help us get 300 local signatures to deliver to policymakers and legislators asking them to support these priorities. Thank you for adding your VOICE as a force for good for the entire Lowcountry’s local business community!

Tell your business story:

We invite you to share your business story with Lowcountry Local First at any time. If you prefer to write your story, you may use this form. If you prefer to call our story line, you can leave a voicemail with your story by calling: 843-310-1826. The information you share will be kept confidential unless permission is provided to share the story. Your input guides the work we do and the focus of our advocacy priorities. Thank you for sharing!

How we advocate:

We work to level the playing field for local-independent businesses as our sole focus. As a 501c3 organization, we do not endorse any political candidates. We do highlight the positions of candidates or elected officials on issues pertaining to our mission. Our membership contains incredibly diverse perspectives and we’re made better by that diversity. Our annual Advocacy Priorities are informed by surveys, member meetings, our Policy and Advocacy Committee, and our Board of Directors, who approve the priorities annually.

Questions? Contact us:

Jacquie Berger, Executive Director: jacquie@lowcountrylocalfirst.org
Steve Fletcher, Director of Economic Development: steve@lowcountrylocalfirst.org