Lowcountry Local First welcomes new Director of Development

May 9, 2018

Lowcountry Local First, a nonprofit that cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, recently welcomed Matthew Hayden to its team as Director of Development. This new position will manage and oversee all elements of the fundraising operations and help secure the resources necessary for the maintenance and growth… Read More

Lowcountry Local First announces Luminary Award Recipients

Jun 23, 2017

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is celebrating its first decade as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the local independent business community throughout the Lowcountry. The staff, board and members recently gathered with supporters and community leaders who have impacted the growth of the organization and led the grassroots movement… Read More

Cheers to a Decade of Loving the Lowcountry

Jan 16, 2017

When we started Lowcountry Local First 10 years ago, we did so as a Buy Local Movement geared toward consumers. We engaged our citizens on the impact of their dollar when spent with a local-independent business, and how those businesses are providing individualized service, creating less impact on our… Read More

A time to be grateful

Nov 16, 2016

I can think of no better time for us to all be still, for just a moment, to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for. Even in times that seem so uncertain, where many are feeling unheard and those who have been disenfranchised for… Read More

Start up Businesses Reach Pre-Recession Numbers in 2015

May 17, 2016

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (May 16 — 29, 2016; Volume 22, No. 11): Young firms are the major contributors to jobs in the U.S., and for the first time since the recession we saw a rise in start-ups in 2015. The Main Street… Read More

Announcing our 2016 Board of Directors

Jan 28, 2016

As advocates for a local living economy, we at Lowcountry Local First rely greatly on individuals who recognize the importance of choosing local and working to keep the Lowcountry’s economy strong and its culture unique. That is why we are so proud to welcome our 2016 Board of… Read More

The Needle is Moving Toward LOCAL in 2016

Jan 5, 2016

When I pause and reflect back on 2015 and our accomplishments for the year – it’s not necessarily the number of businesses involved, the impacts made or partnerships developed that come to mind – but rather the stories that have come my way either directly or through the… Read More

Dear Future Mayor of Charleston

Nov 24, 2015

The following is reposted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal (Nov. 16 – Nov. 29; Volume 21, No. 24): Dear Mayor of Charleston, We applaud you for taking on the challenge of filling the shoes of one of America’s most beloved Mayors. We know this is a daunting… Read More