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Step-by-step guide to creating your user account for the Lowcountry Local First website.
The criteria necessary to become a business member of Lowcountry Local First.
View ongoing and unique events and workshops provided by our partners and funders, aimed at helping your local business succeed, grow and ultimately do well and good.
Key information provided by the City of Charleston's Business Services Department.
Learn more about eligibility and application requirements, fill out a New Client Questionnaire, and download an LDC Loan Application.
Use this as a starting point for research when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure, as gathered by South Carolina Business One Stop.
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.
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.
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...
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.
ASSESS, COMPARE and IMPROVE how your company performs for best practices on employee, environmental and local economic impacts. Free and confidential.
A helpful checklist created by Wills, Massalon & Allen, LLC that covers topics from ownership and employee relations to trademarks and commercial leases.
A regularly updated directory and guide to Lowcountry farms, food producers, distributors and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).
Find out what fruits and vegetables are grown in the Lowcountry by using this seasonal food guide.
The National Young Farmers Coalition produced this guide, "Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with Federal Loans," an illustrated guidebook for farmers looking to secure credit from USDA.