Lowcountry Local First (LLF) launched its 11th annual Buy Local Season campaign on November 1st as a grassroots movement to build awareness for the positive community benefits of supporting local, independent businesses—particularly during the holiday season. The organization urges the community to shift their holiday spending to local businesses that are rooted in the community and often rely on healthy fourth-quarter numbers to survive.

“For every dollar you spend with a local business, three times more of that dollar stays circulating in our community than if it were spent with a national chain business,” says Lowcountry Local First’s Executive Director, Jacquie Berger. “We urge the community to think before they spend and to choose Local first whenever possible. Every dollar matters!”

This year’s campaign points citizens and visitors to look for the hundreds of Certified Local decals on storefronts around the community, and to utilize BuyLocalCHS.com as an online destination to browse dozens of local businesses for unique gifts and experiences this season. LLF also urges citizens to sign the Buy Local Pledge, committing to shift a minimum of 10% of holiday spending to local businesses.

“At REV, we’re passionate about ensuring that the communities we serve are thriving,” says REV Federal Credit Union’s President/CEO, Jason Lee. “Supporting local businesses is key to ensuring that the Greater Charleston Metro Region continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. We couldn’t be happier to team up with Lowcountry Local First to highlight the amazing artisans and merchants in our region, and encourage the community to shift their money this season to support local.”

Buy Local Season is made possible through the support of these partners:

REV Federal Credit Union, The City of Goose Creek, Charleston Magazine, The Town of Mount Pleasant, Bridge 105.5, Celadon, Home Telecom, Nelson Printing, and The Station Park Circle.

Erika Grimes