Commercial Space Member Services

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We offer LLF members two different resources to address challenges that may arise when it comes to a physical location for your business.

1) Locals Only Space Database

If you are looking for a commercial space, our Locals Only Space Database lists unique commercial properties that may not appear in MLS listings, as well as shared-space opportunities for our members. To access the Locals Only Space Database, email Lauren Gellatly at lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org to receive the password. This service is available to LLF members.

Lowcountry Local First assumes no liability and has not inspected the listings included.

2) Commercial Space Advisory Team

Understanding the ins and outs of lease negotiation, a commercial build-out process, and navigating the complex regulatory process are daunting tasks for a local business. Unlike national chain stores or large corporations who have a team of consultants to handle this aspect of their business, local businesses often have to learn or guess what to do on the fly, while trying to accomplish other critical tasks necessary to start—or continue—operating a business.

Lowcountry Local First has launched a Commercial Space Advisory Team to assist local businesses with the task of answering these questions in a professional and confidential setting. Locals experts helping local businesses.

The Advisory Team is not intended to replace the services of professionals in the real estate industry. Rather, it’s meant to offer advice and guidance in an unbiased, objective and limited format. It’s a starting place, really. Example advising may include:

– Pointing local businesses in the right direction. (Do you need an architect? How much space do you need? Etc.)
– Offering ideas or different solutions to consider. (What if you lease a bigger space than you need and sub-lease to a friend and share a conference room?)
– Confirm marketplace assumptions. (What can I expect expense pass-throughs to be? How can I compare a full service lease with a net lease?)
– Explaining common lease terms. (What needs to be considered given my business plan? Should I engage an attorney?)
– Permitting and zoning. (I have a great opportunity to lease a property, but the zoning doesn’t fit my business. What next?)

COMMERCIAL SPACE ADVISORY TEAM MEMBERS

Real Estate (Broker, Developer, Finance)
– Jeff Baxter, Cityvolve
– Michael Friedman, Luxury Simplified
– Jim Haley, Cityvolve
– Sebrina Leigh-Jones, Luxury Simplified
– Trey Lucy, Belk | Lucy
– Jonathan Oakman, Landmark Enterprises
– Steve Varn, Varn Real Estate
– Luiz Yamashita, Dunes Commercial Properties
Design (Architect, Landscape Architect)
– Gary Collins, SeamonWhiteside
– Gaston Dietz, R2L:Architects
– Judy Dixon, Rush Dixon Architects
Sacha Rosen, R2L:Architects
– David Thompson, David Thompson Architect
Legal
– Gray Taylor, Buist Byars & Taylor
Regulatory (Zoning, Permitting)
– Amanda Herring, City of Charleston, Dept of Business & Neighborhood Services
– Ryan Johnson, City of North Charleston, Office of the Mayor
– Amy Livingston, Town of Mount Pleasant, Business & Tourism

WHO SHOULD APPLY?
All industries and business types are invited to participate. This service is available to LLF members at no cost. LLF staff will respond to all inquiries and determine if a consultation is appropriate.

CONTACT:
To learn more please contact Lauren Gellatly, Community Development Director, by email at lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org, phone (843)801-3390, or please complete this short questionnaire, and we will contact you:

3) Community Storefront Project

The Community Storefront Project is based on Reynolds Avenue, located in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood in North Charleston. The goal of this project is to build on the existing assets of the community and the foundation built by Metanoia’s work over the past 15 years. The objective is to add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and expand on the economic opportunities that support local-independent businesses.

To enter the competition, hopeful entrepreneurs must submit an application and a business plan, reflecting the well-thought out idea for their business. A group of stakeholders and business owners from both Metanoia and Lowcountry Local First will review the applications. Selected businesses will receive membership with LLF, mentorship, marketing and accounting support, as well as subsidized rent for up to three years.

Applications are due by October 31st, 2017 and are available online, or can be picked up at the Metanoia or Lowcountry Local First offices.

Metanoia Office: 2005 Reynolds Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405

LLF Office1630 Meeting Street Rd., Second Building, Charleston, SC 29405

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