Welcome our 2022 Board of Directors

Jan 21, 2022

Lowcountry Local First, a nonprofit that cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, is proud to welcome its 2022 Board of Directors. The Board includes talented and passionate business leaders from a wide variety of sectors who recognize the importance of choosing local in order to keep the… 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

Podcast Episode 8: Nilsy Rapalo, Wellness & Beyond Life Coaching Services

Dec 21, 2021

Pictured: Nilsy Rapalo Get to know the Lowcountry’s local-independent business community, one changemaker at a time. “Small Talks, Big Ideas with Steve” is a podcast that features local business insights and updates, alongside interviews with members, sponsors, and supporters. For our 8th episode, Steve sits down with Nilsy… Read More

Podcast Episode 7: Andy McCarthy, The Building People

Dec 14, 2021

Pictured: Andy McCarthy Get to know the Lowcountry’s local-independent business community, one changemaker at a time. “Small Talks, Big Ideas with Steve” is a podcast that features local business insights and updates, alongside interviews with members, sponsors, and supporters. For our 7th episode, Steve sits down with Andy… Read More

REV up the good!

Dec 8, 2021

We are grateful to have REV Federal Credit Union as our presenting sponsor of Buy Local Season for many reasons. This local financial institution doesn’t just support this important community initiative financially, but continues to show up as a real partner. REV sent several team members out into… 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

Podcast Episode 6: Jocelyn Patterson, Gola Sweetgrass

Nov 1, 2021

Pictured: Jocelyn Patterson Get to know the Lowcountry’s local-independent business community, one changemaker at a time. “Small Talks, Big Ideas with Steve” is a podcast that features local business insights and updates, alongside interviews with members, sponsors, and supporters. For our sixth episode, Steve sits down with  Jocelyn… Read More