COVID-19 Resource & Action Hub

Mar 26, 2020

ACTION ITEMS: Apply for SBA relief loan. View SC Department of Commerce resource center. View SC employment law resources. Facebook has launched a $100 million grant program for small businesses affected by the virus. Local Farms: The American Farmland Trust has opened applications for their Farmer Relief Fund which… Read More

The 2019 Member Survey Results are in

Feb 11, 2020

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters and relationships matter. Our goal is to support the local business community and tailor our programs to help our community gain access to every chance at success. That’s why we work with businesses, community members, and policymakers to build support… 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

Eat Local Challenge Restaurant Supporters

Mar 15, 2019

The below list is compiled of LLF member restaurants who submitted menu items to be included in this special promotion. If you represent an active member restaurant and wish to be added, please e-mail Jordan. 5Church Charleston Executive Chef Adam will be offering an appetizer to support local…. Read More

Avenue for Change

Mar 5, 2019

Thank you to Charleston Magazine for this awesome article in their March 2019 issue! Street Team: Metanoia owns three adjacent buildings on Reynolds Avenue, with the middle one fronted by healthy eatery Dellz on the Macon. (Right, top and bottom) Clemson students built a model of the street for… Read More

Lowcountry Local First to launch Good Enterprises Initiative in Fall 2019

Feb 18, 2019

Community Business Academy will be held in North Charleston in Sept 2019 – Media coverage in Charleston City Paper, Feb 19, 2019: Lowcountry Local First hopes its Community Business Academy will help cultivate local entrepreneurs The following announcement was released February 14, 2019: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has… Read More

Preserving the true value of community through small business

Feb 18, 2019

The following opinion piece ran in the Post and Courier on February 18, 2019. Photo above by Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff. The loss of the long-standing East Bay True Value Hardware, a community-focused store, is contrary to the ongoing conversation our city has around transportation, congestion and livability. The… Read More

Top Takeaways and Priorities from the 2018 Member Survey

Jan 2, 2019

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters and relationships matter. That’s why we work with businesses, community members, and policymakers to build support for local, independent businesses. We make sure you know which businesses are Certified Local and meet our criteria for a local-independent business through our… Read More

Folly Beach Restricts ‘Formula’ Businesses

Dec 13, 2018

The following article ran in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Volume 24 / No 26 print issue, that came out on December 10, 2018. Written by CRBJ staff writer Patrick Hoff. If you’re looking to buy a Big Mac, you won’t find it in downtown Folly Beach. And that… Read More