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

Oct 23, 2018

By Chloe Johnson 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

A Positive Outlook for Homegrown Businesses: 2017 Member Survey

Jan 25, 2018

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

"Alexa: Order Anywhere, USA"

Jul 6, 2017

The following article ran on the Charleston City Paper’s website on July 6: I get it. Online shopping is convenient, the choices are vast and shipping is so quick that your order is practically at your door five minutes after you click “Purchase.” Consumers can choose from millions… Read More

2016 Annual Member Survey results are in

Feb 9, 2017

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. Here’s our criteria for a “local, independent business:” The business is privately held and not publicly traded. The business is… Read More

VIEWPOINT: Skyrocketing Rents Changing the Local Business Landscape

Nov 28, 2016

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (Jan 9 – 22, 2017; Volume 23, No. 1): The rising cost of housing regularly grabs local headlines these days, and the subsequent impact to our citizens is the subject of frequent articles, forums, cocktail party conversations and… Read More

Where to Stay for #GoodBiz2016

Aug 29, 2016

As the 2016 Good Business Summit approaches, the team here at Lowcountry Local First could not be more excited about this years’ event. We are thrilled to welcome an evolving list of inspirational guest speakers,  and to offer a diverse session schedule at this year’s Summit. Excitement is in the air… Read More