Lowcountry Local First to launch Good Enterprises Initiative in Fall 2019

Feb 18, 2019

Community Business Academy will be held in North Charleston in Sept 2019 – Media coverage in Charleston City Paper, Feb 19, 2019: Lowcountry Local First hopes its Community Business Academy will help cultivate local entrepreneurs The following announcement was released February 14, 2019: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has… Read More

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

Top Takeaways and Priorities from the 2018 Member Survey

Jan 2, 2019

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

Folly Beach Restricts ‘Formula’ Businesses

Dec 13, 2018

The following article ran in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Volume 24 / No 26 print issue, that came out on December 10, 2018. Written by CRBJ staff writer Patrick Hoff. If you’re looking to buy a Big Mac, you won’t find it in downtown Folly Beach. And that… Read More

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

Oct 23, 2018

By Chloe Johnson cjohnson@postandcourier.com 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

Building Local Prosperity Week: Christian Senger

Oct 22, 2018

“I did the typical big Charleston events and touristy things – which are all great, but I wasn’t digging into it until I had been here a while and started to meet people. And after 4 or 5 years here, around August 2011, I launched Holy City Sinner…. Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Melvina Ravenel

Oct 22, 2018

“I love music, and I love what music does for me and I know what music does for others. And I like to make people feel good. …And the other part of my idea was wanting to lose weight and be healthier in my adult years. And I… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Mika Gadsden

Oct 22, 2018

“Moving here to Charleston as a sophomore in high school was a pivotal moment for me. As someone who was born and raised primarily in the Northeast, the Holy City didn’t always feel like home to me, especially as a teenager. Not only did I have to adjust… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Ellie Davis

Oct 17, 2018

“I guess it hadn’t struck me that people farm – even though I was wanting to go into farming. And now I’ve leased land and growing milkweed, pawpaw, peanuts- and potentially hemp. But it all started with Growing New Farmers Program and then MUSC (mentor farm) and figuring… Read More