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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.

Calendar of Business Development Workshops

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.

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.

Choosing the Best Form of Business Ownership

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.

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...

Workforce Resources

Browse a list of job posting sites, training opportunities and other business resources aimed at helping local businesses find and keep happy employees.

Six expert hurricane season preparedness tips for your business

Helpful tips for hurricane preparation for businesses provided by the SBA

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.

Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with Federal Loans

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.