July 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jun 28, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: – SBA Summer School: Whether you’re looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA’s digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on… Read More

May 2022 Advocacy Updates

May 2, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: Charleston County Relief *GRANTS* for Small Biz — Deadline is May 6th! This is a one-time relief grant intended to help mitigate past and present perils of COVID-19 on… Read More

April 2022 Advocacy Updates

Apr 5, 2022

Movement on federal legislation to promote fair competition: Small Business Rising is a coalition of independent businesses and local business support organizations working together to level the playing field and act as a united voice for independent businesses urging elected leaders to break the power of monopolies like… Read More

March 2022 Advocacy Updates

Mar 2, 2022

– Save Our Indie Restaurants: Congress needs to step up and save neighborhood restaurants and bars from extinction. For two years now, restaurants around the country have been struggling to keep their lights on, staff paid, and doors open. Nearly 200K restaurants were denied access to the first… Read More

February 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jan 31, 2022

– Doing Business Update: South Carolina businesses have historically been subject to business license taxes on their gross income that vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act (the “Act”) was enacted in 2020, but the effective date was generally delayed until… Read More

LLF Advocacy Updates

Nov 30, 2021

The following are advocacy updates impacting local-independent businesses at the local, state, or federal level. For questions or more info, please contact Director of Operations, Lauren Gellatly, at lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org. Update on Expanded Outdoor Dining Regulations [LOCAL] Several Lowcountry municipalities loosened regulations during COVID to allow restaurants and bars… Read More

A Tribute to Jamee Haley

Dec 23, 2020

By Lauren Gellatly, Director of Operations + Interim Executive Director beginning January 1, 2021 For the last 15 years, the team at Lowcountry Local First has stood on the shoulders of a giant. A 5′ 3″ giant who sparked the local movement across the Lowcountry. Thanks to her,… Read More

NOW HIRING: Business Development Manager

Jan 9, 2020

Organization: Lowcountry Local First Position: Business Development Manager (Full-time) Reports to: Director of Development Salary Range: $40,000 to $45,000 based on experience Application Deadline: Open until filled (check website for status) Summary: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization made up of more than 400 local… Read More

Q&A with the 2019 City of Charleston Mayoral Candidates

Sep 23, 2019

Ahead of the City of Charleston’s mayoral election on Nov. 5, 2019, Lowcountry Local First has partnered with the Charleston City Paper to ask the six candidates pitching themselves to be the city’s next leader about specific policies that affect local businesses in our community. The questions posed… Read More