October 2022 Advocacy Updates

Oct 5, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – Feeling Boxed Out: A new report highlights the impacts that monopolistic “predatory buying” have on our communities. It opens our eyes to some of the tactics that… Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

Oct 3, 2022

We are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month! Along with the city of Charleston and the Latinx Advisory Council, our very own Raquel Padgett and Nilsy Rapalo kicked it off at a proclamation press event held on September 15. Raquel is the Director of Good Enterprises, while… Read More

September 2022 Advocacy Updates

Sep 1, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – Supply Chain Woes & Rising Costs: Charleston City Paper shared a recent feature highlighting LLF’s 2022 Member Survey results, which reported supply chain shortages and delays as… Read More

August 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jul 29, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – 2022 Member Survey findings released: Lowcountry Local First’s 2022 Member Survey found top challenges include supply chain shortages, cost of health care, and workforce woes. Despite ample… Read More

The 2022 Member Survey Results

Jul 7, 2022

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

July 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jun 28, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: – SBA Summer School: Whether you’re looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA’s digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on… Read More

$789,000 US EDA Grant Awarded to Lowcountry Local First’s Good Growth Program

Jun 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a two-year $789,724 grant to Lowcountry Local First to support the organization’s Good Growth Program. This program will expand upon the organization’s Good Enterprises entrepreneurship training and support program to also include financial literacy, marketing support, Spanish-language support… Read More

Q&A with South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

May 9, 2022

Lowcountry Local First was delighted to catch up with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, a supporting partner of Eat Drink Local Month. Commissioner Hugh Weathers answered some burning questions we had about the agriculture industry, how the department works with our state’s farmers and consumers, and more!… Read More

May 2022 Advocacy Updates

May 2, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: Charleston County Relief *GRANTS* for Small Biz — Deadline is May 6th! This is a one-time relief grant intended to help mitigate past and present perils of COVID-19 on… Read More

April 2022 Advocacy Updates

Apr 5, 2022

Movement on federal legislation to promote fair competition: Small Business Rising is a coalition of independent businesses and local business support organizations working together to level the playing field and act as a united voice for independent businesses urging elected leaders to break the power of monopolies like… Read More