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

WSJ: "PPP is reopening. What's different this time?"

Dec 22, 2020

The below was posted on WSJ.com, Dec 22, 2020: The Paycheck Protection Program is getting a reboot as part of Congress’s latest coronavirus stimulus package. The $900 billion deal includes $284 billion for PPP, which will reopen after closing in August. Much like the program’s first iteration, the… Read More

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning

Dec 15, 2020

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning:   1. Look Back to Look Forward – Close out the year financially, review 2020 goals, accomplishments & shortcomings.  Do you know what you should be looking for? 2. Manifest the results you want: Financial Plan, Strategic Plan, SMART Goals, forecasting & budgeting… Read More

Shift Your Dollars & Your Mindset

Dec 9, 2020

The holiday season tends to bring with it a renewed sense of optimism and hope for the year ahead. This year, despite it being a seemingly endless uphill battle, is no different. Lowcountry Local First has – for more than a decade now – ended its year with… 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

Essentially Charleston launches local shopping platform

Nov 9, 2020

NEWS – Essentially Charleston, an online shop dedicated to sharing the essence of the city via its makers, artisans, and designers, announced its grand opening today. Filled with beautiful, carefully curated handcrafted items and products made, built or designed in the Charleston region, EssentiallyCharleston.com offers buyers an opportunity… Read More

Lowcountry Local First Announces National Search for New Executive Director

Oct 12, 2020

Jamee Haley to step down after leading the nonprofit organization for nearly 15 years   (October 13, 2020) – Lowcountry Local First (LLF) will launch a nationwide search for a new Executive Director, as founding Executive Director Jamee Haley has announced her departure from the nonprofit organization. Lauren Gellatly,… Read More

NOW AVAILABLE: Small Business Relief Grants Program

Sep 16, 2020

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has partnered with local-independent telecom company, Home Telecom, to launch a Small Business Relief Grants program to aid business owners who’ve faced adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiated by the generosity of Home Telecom through a gift of $50,000, the two entities implore for additional corporations… Read More

19 New Local Entrepreneurs to Know

Jul 8, 2020

Good Enterprises’ Community Business Academy Graduates 19 New Entrepreneurs Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises initiative now accepting applicants into its Fall Community Business Academies Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, has graduated its second class of entrepreneurs from its 12-week Community… Read More