Hiring and retaining talent tops list of concerns for local business community

Nov 3, 2015

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters, and relationships matter. That’s why we work with businesses, community members and policymakers to build support for local, independent businesses. Here’s our criteria for a “local, independent business:” The business is privately held and not publicly traded. The business owners… Read More

Sponsor Highlight: Coastal Coffee Roasters

Jul 24, 2015

In 2010, Coastal Coffee Roasters came to the Lowcountry with a simple idea. The thought? Share their passion for fresh, organic coffee with the rest of the world. Fast forward to today, and after setting up shop in at 108 E 3rd N Street in downtown historic Summerville,… Read More

So what is a Community Membership anyway?

Feb 19, 2015

By Larry Downey | Community Manager, Lowcountry Local First As lovers of the Lowcountry, we understand that we have a choice in what we buy and from whom we buy it. We have a choice in what we eat, and from where and by whom it’s grown. Collectively,… Read More

Survey: Local Businesses Weigh in on How They're Doing

Dec 19, 2014

By Lauren Gellatly, Community Development Director @ Lowcountry Local First lauren@lowcountrylocalfirst.org As the only organization in the Lowcountry solely focused on providing resources, advocacy and training for locally-owned, independent businesses and farmers, we like to check in with our community to take a “temperature check” and gauge the… Read More

Why think local? It's simple really.

Dec 15, 2014

Originally printed as a Letter to the Editor in The Post and Courier on Saturday, December 13th, 2014. Each year Lowcountry Local First shouts from the rooftops about the importance of shopping locally during the holiday season. This year-round advocacy effort has the biggest push during the holidays… Read More

South State Bank Loves Local

Dec 8, 2014

2014 Buy Local Month presenting sponsor South State Bank loves the local businesses that make the Lowcountry the place we love. We recently sat down with Bill Medich, Executive Vice President and Charleston Regional President to find out WHY South State Bank Loves Local. LLF: Can you tell… Read More

Local businesses were the stars at Buy Local Block Party

Dec 4, 2014

The first ever Buy Local Block Party held on Saturday, November 22 was a success, to say the least. My best guesstimate (and a Post and Courier journalist agreed) is that we had over 1,000 attendees here at 1600 Meeting and Local Works. I’m sure the perfect fall… Read More

Top 10 Customer Service Tips For the Holidays

Oct 30, 2014

Some great tips from LLF member Katie Wells of K.E.W. Solutions for getting you and your employees ready for the holiday rush! With the holidays quickly approaching, it is many small business owners most profitable AND stressful time of year. A few quick customer service reminders can take… Read More