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

The countdown to #GoodBiz2021 has begun!

Dec 2, 2020

The countdown has begun to the 8th annual Good Business Summit! We look forward to this two-day virtual event on the mornings of February 24 – 25th, 2021 (9am – 12pm). Join us as entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country share inspiration and tactics for building a company with… 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

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

Folly Beach may ban chain restaurants and stores to keep itself unique

Oct 23, 2018

By Chloe Johnson cjohnson@postandcourier.com Oct 22, 2018 – Front page story for the Post and Courier Folly Beach may ban chain businesses from the island, a rare move for a South Carolina municipality that supporters say will help protect the beach community’s funky character. The proposed ordinance already… Read More

Keep Folly Funky and Unchained

Oct 5, 2018

This Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, the City of Folly Beach has an opportunity to follow the lead of more than 30 communities across the country that have used regulation to protect and encourage unique character in business districts. In other words, regulating chain businesses that would otherwise be… Read More

Position Statement: Tax Changes for Online Retailers

Jun 27, 2018

Position Statement: U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring tax collection for out-of-state and online retailers helps level the playing field for local brick-and-mortar businesses On June 21st, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that gives states the authority to require out-of-state and online retailers with no physical… Read More