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

Cheers to a Decade of Loving the Lowcountry

Jan 16, 2017

When we started Lowcountry Local First 10 years ago, we did so as a Buy Local Movement geared toward consumers. We engaged our citizens on the impact of their dollar when spent with a local-independent business, and how those businesses are providing individualized service, creating less impact on our… Read More

A time to be grateful

Nov 16, 2016

I can think of no better time for us to all be still, for just a moment, to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for. Even in times that seem so uncertain, where many are feeling unheard and those who have been disenfranchised for… Read More

Start up Businesses Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in 2015

May 17, 2016

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (May 16 — 29, 2016; Volume 22, No. 11): Young firms are the major contributors to jobs in the U.S., and for the first time since the recession we saw a rise in start-ups in 2015. The Main Street… Read More

Announcing our 2016 Board of Directors

Jan 28, 2016

As advocates for a local living economy, we at Lowcountry Local First rely greatly on individuals who recognize the importance of choosing local and working to keep the Lowcountry’s economy strong and its culture unique. That is why we are so proud to welcome our 2016 Board of… Read More

The Needle is Moving Toward LOCAL in 2016

Jan 5, 2016

When I pause and reflect back on 2015 and our accomplishments for the year – it’s not necessarily the number of businesses involved, the impacts made or partnerships developed that come to mind – but rather the stories that have come my way either directly or through the… Read More

Dear Future Mayor of Charleston

Nov 24, 2015

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (Nov. 16 – Nov. 29; Volume 21, No. 24): Dear Mayor of Charleston, We applaud you for taking on the challenge of filling the shoes of one of America’s most beloved Mayors. We know this is a daunting… Read More

Time to Reimagine Our Economic Development Model

Oct 5, 2015

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (Oct. 5 – Oct. 18; Volume 21, No. 21): $2,454,695,931. That is the amount of money given in subsidies to large corporations in South Carolina since 1992, according to Good Jobs First. What if we reimagined this regressive… Read More

What "Good Business" Can Do for Charleston

Sep 23, 2015

Communities across the country are in a race to become the “best”; “best tech town”, the “top city for young entrepreneurs”, the “best place to start a business”, the “friendliest city”, the “best place to visit” and on and on. At Lowcountry Local First we feel that the… Read More