Good Enterprises Initiative hosts inaugural “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event

Dec 6, 2022

Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, hosted its inaugural “Ready, Set, Pitch!” competition on December 3, 2022 to award cash and in-kind prizes to five local entrepreneurs. Nearly 200 graduates of the organization’s 12-week Community Business Academy (CBA) were invited to… 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

$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

Good Enterprises Program Associate (AmeriCorps VISTA) 

Apr 18, 2022

Organization: Lowcountry Local First Title: Good Enterprises Program Associate (AmeriCorps VISTA) Location: Charleston, SC Term: Full-time – Contract Application Deadline: Rolling basis, open until filled Reports to: Good Enterprises Program Coordinator Salary Range: $1,028 per month Summary: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization made up… Read More

City of Goose Creek and LLF Launch Spring 2022 Community Business Academy

Mar 2, 2022

A new partnership between the City of Goose Creek and Lowcountry Local First is now offering localized business training, workforce development, and strategic economic development. The two-year partnership includes the following initiatives: The Good Enterprises Program, Existing Business Training, Buy Local Holiday Season Campaign, and the Community Storefront… Read More

In Support of the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission

Jan 18, 2022

Lowcountry Local First supports the approval of the Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission to continue to provide focus on policy solutions to address equity and economic empowerment in the City of Charleston. As we work to transform lives and build sustainable communities through business ownership, we realize… 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