Resources

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User Account Registration How-To

Step-by-step guide to creating your user account for the Lowcountry Local First website.

Local-Independent Business Criteria

The criteria necessary to become a business member of Lowcountry Local First.

How to Open a Business in the City of Charleston

Key information provided by the City of Charleston's Business Services Department.

Charleston LDC Loan Information

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements, fill out a New Client Questionnaire, and download an LDC Loan Application.

2014 State of Local in the Lowcountry

A summary of two studies commissioned in 2013 showing 1) the economic impact of local retail and food & beverage businesses, and 2) the effectiveness of LLF branding and consumer awareness of the Buy Local movement.

10 Reasons to Buy Local

When you buy local, three times more money is reinvested into the local economy vs. buying from national chains or corporations headquartered outside the Lowcountry.

5 Reasons to Choose a Community Bank or Credit Union

Small and mid-sized banks account for more than half of all business lending. By using a local financial institution you are supporting local businesses who create a majority of new jobs. Find out more...

2016 Lowcountry Local First Member Survey Results

To fulfill our mission, we must keep a pulse on the local business community we serve – to know the painpoints and the victories. Here are the survey results from Lowcountry Local First’s 2016 Annual Member Survey.

Measure What Matters - Use Business As a Force for Good

ASSESS, COMPARE and IMPROVE how your company performs for best practices on employee, environmental and local economic impacts. Free and confidential.

Small Business Legal Checklist

A helpful checklist created by Wills, Massalon & Allen, LLC that covers topics from ownership and employee relations to trademarks and commercial leases.

Farm Fresh Food Guide

A regularly updated directory and guide to Lowcountry farms, food producers, distributors and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).

Lowcountry Local First Seasonal Food Guide

Find out what fruits and vegetables are grown in the Lowcountry by using this seasonal food guide.