Get to know First Reliance Bank

Feb 22, 2021

We are proud to have First Reliance Bank as a valued member of our organization and the Presenting Sponsor of our 8th annual Good Business Summit on February 24-25th, 2021. Headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, this community-focused financial institution has believed that “banking is more than money” since… Read More

A Tribute to Jamee Haley

Dec 23, 2020

By Lauren Gellatly, Director of Operations + Interim Executive Director beginning January 1, 2021 For the last 15 years, the team at Lowcountry Local First has stood on the shoulders of a giant. A 5′ 3″ giant who sparked the local movement across the Lowcountry. Thanks to her,… Read More

WSJ: "PPP is reopening. What's different this time?"

Dec 22, 2020

The below was posted on WSJ.com, Dec 22, 2020: The Paycheck Protection Program is getting a reboot as part of Congress’s latest coronavirus stimulus package. The $900 billion deal includes $284 billion for PPP, which will reopen after closing in August. Much like the program’s first iteration, the… Read More

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning

Dec 15, 2020

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning:   1. Look Back to Look Forward – Close out the year financially, review 2020 goals, accomplishments & shortcomings.  Do you know what you should be looking for? 2. Manifest the results you want: Financial Plan, Strategic Plan, SMART Goals, forecasting & budgeting… Read More

The countdown to #GoodBiz2021 has begun!

Dec 2, 2020

The countdown has begun to the 8th annual Good Business Summit! We look forward to this two-day virtual event on the mornings of February 24 – 25th, 2021 (9am – 12pm). Join us as entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country share inspiration and tactics for building a company with… Read More

Essentially Charleston launches local shopping platform

Nov 9, 2020

NEWS – Essentially Charleston, an online shop dedicated to sharing the essence of the city via its makers, artisans, and designers, announced its grand opening today. Filled with beautiful, carefully curated handcrafted items and products made, built or designed in the Charleston region, EssentiallyCharleston.com offers buyers an opportunity… Read More

NOW AVAILABLE: Small Business Relief Grants Program

Sep 16, 2020

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has partnered with local-independent telecom company, Home Telecom, to launch a Small Business Relief Grants program to aid business owners who’ve faced adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiated by the generosity of Home Telecom through a gift of $50,000, the two entities implore for additional corporations… Read More

2020 Buy Local Holiday Markets

Sep 2, 2020

(Do you know of a market not listed below? Let us know!) — UPCOMING MARKETS — Holiday Shop at Soirée Now thru Christmas | Wednesday-Sundays | 11am-5pm Soirée 70 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29403   — PAST MARKETS — Charleston Holiday Markets in Marion Square Sats and Suns,… Read More

19 New Local Entrepreneurs to Know

Jul 8, 2020

Good Enterprises’ Community Business Academy Graduates 19 New Entrepreneurs Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises initiative now accepting applicants into its Fall Community Business Academies Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, has graduated its second class of entrepreneurs from its 12-week Community… Read More