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

March 2022 Advocacy Updates

Mar 2, 2022

– Save Our Indie Restaurants: Congress needs to step up and save neighborhood restaurants and bars from extinction. For two years now, restaurants around the country have been struggling to keep their lights on, staff paid, and doors open. Nearly 200K restaurants were denied access to the first… Read More

February 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jan 31, 2022

– Doing Business Update: South Carolina businesses have historically been subject to business license taxes on their gross income that vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act (the “Act”) was enacted in 2020, but the effective date was generally delayed until… Read More

LLF Advocacy Updates

Nov 30, 2021

The following are advocacy updates impacting local-independent businesses at the local, state, or federal level. For questions or more info, please contact Director of Operations, Lauren Gellatly, at lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org. Update on Expanded Outdoor Dining Regulations [LOCAL] Several Lowcountry municipalities loosened regulations during COVID to allow restaurants and bars… 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

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

The 2019 Member Survey Results are in

Feb 11, 2020

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