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

A Charleston Easter Feast Done Local

Apr 8, 2015

I like to pretend I’m on Iron Chef after coming home with my bounty of local produce and meats from the farmer’s market each week. I rarely go with a set list of items that I’m looking for but instead enjoy walking around seeing what’s in season and… Read More

Local Business Owners Connect to Capital

Mar 3, 2015

On February 5th, as part of the GOODBusiness Series, Lowcountry Local First held a workshop for local business owners to learn about different funding opportunities and to have an opportunity to connect directly with the people behind those institutions. The 2nd Connecting to Capital workshop provided a platform… Read More

Announcing our 2015 Board of Directors

Jan 6, 2015

We can’t do our work without champions in the community. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Lowcountry Local First is governed by a Board of Directors. These folks are business owners and leaders, and tirelessly spread the good word on supporting local businesses to build a strong economy. They… 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

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