July 2022 Advocacy Updates

Jun 28, 2022

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: – SBA Summer School: Whether you’re looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA’s digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on… 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

2021 Annual Report and how you can support our work

May 24, 2022

Scientists have long-agreed that diversity of species within an ecosystem directly influences its health and resilience. As the number of species in any ecosystem declines, it loses its ability to rebound after it has been stressed. We believe this same rule applies to our economic ecosystems. Healthy and fair competition,… Read More

Roasted Chicken Halves with Spring Herb Gremolata

May 11, 2022

This recipe was provided by Edible Charleston, an Eat Drink Local Month supporter. Photo by Shell Royster. Recipe developed by Josh Miller.  Serves 4 to 6  Quicker to roast and easier to carve than a whole bird, these lemon-and-herb chicken halves are an effortless showstopper for your spring… Read More

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

Recipe: Spring Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese and Pickled Beets

Apr 29, 2022

This recipe was provided by Edible Charleston, an Eat Drink Local Month supporter. Photo by Shell Royster. Recipe developed by Josh Miller.  Serves 4 Let the farmers’ market be your guide when it comes to assembling this fresh spring salad. Pickled beets and red onions provide a tangy,… 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

Podcast Episode 13: Katy Mixon and Maria White, Gibbes Museum

Apr 8, 2022

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 13th episode, Steve sits down with Katy Mixon and Maria… 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

Q&A with GrowFood Carolina

Mar 30, 2022

With Eat Drink Local Month quickly approaching, Lowcountry Local First heard from one of its community partners, GrowFood Carolina. Anthony Mirisciotta, General Manager, offered some insight on how business is going. What are the biggest pain points or concerns for GrowFood right now?  In 2021, GrowFood Carolina celebrated… Read More