Lowcountry Local First

COVID-19 Resource & Action Hub

** ALERT: We are now updating this Resources Hub page of our site. Please use this new page for the most current updates.ACTION ITEMS:Apply for SBA relief loan.View SC Department of Commerce resource center.View SC employment law resources.Facebook has launched a $100 million grant program for small

Get to know First Reliance Bank

We are proud to have First Reliance Bank as a valued member of our organization and the Presenting Sponsor of our 8th annual Good Business Summit on February 24-25th, 2021. Headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, this community-focused financial institution has believed that “banking is more than

Valentine’s Day 2021

There’s so much happening in the Lowcountry for Valentine’s Day ❤️ (Do you have a suggestion not listed below? Let us know!)EventsRoadside Blooms Galentine’s Floral Workshops Wednesday, February 10 | 6pmTwo Blokes Brewing 547 Long Point Rd Suite 101 Mount Pleasant, SC Thursday February 11 | 5:30-6:

A Tribute to Jamee Haley

By Lauren Gellatly, Director of Operations + Interim Executive Director beginning January 1, 2021For the last 15 years, the team at Lowcountry Local First has stood on the shoulders of a giant. A 5′ 3″ giant who sparked the local movement across the Lowcountry.Thanks to her, farmers markets have pop

WSJ: “PPP is reopening. What’s different this time?”

The below was posted on WSJ.com, Dec 22, 2020:The Paycheck Protection Program is getting a reboot as part of Congress’s latest coronavirus stimulus package. The $900 billion deal includes $284 billion for PPP, which will reopen after closing in August. Much like the program’s first iteration, the ai

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning

Tips & Tricks for 2021 Business Planning: 1. Look Back to Look Forward – Close out the year financially, review 2020 goals, accomplishments & shortcomings. Do you know what you should be looking for?2. Manifest the results you want: Financial Plan, Strategic Plan, SMART Goals, forecasting & budget

Shift Your Dollars & Your Mindset

The holiday season tends to bring with it a renewed sense of optimism and hope for the year ahead. This year, despite it being a seemingly endless uphill battle, is no different. Lowcountry Local First has – for more than a decade now – ended its year with a Buy Local-centric public awareness campai

The countdown to #GoodBiz2021 has begun!

The countdown has begun to the 8th annual Good Business Summit! We look forward to this two-day virtual event on the mornings of February 24 – 25th, 2021 (9am – 12pm).Join us as entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the country share inspiration and tactics for building a company with PROFI

Every Dollar Matters: A story from Lowcountry Local First

We extend our gratitude to member businesses Turning Page Bookshop (VaLinda), Park Pets Park Circle (Tye and Kristine), and Ted’s Butcherblock (Ted) and to the neighbors and local vendors at the Charleston Farmers Market for being such gracious representatives of this community and beautifully displ

Essentially Charleston launches local shopping platform

NEWS – Essentially Charleston, an online shop dedicated to sharing the essence of the city via its makers, artisans, and designers, announced its grand opening today. Filled with beautiful, carefully curated handcrafted items and products made, built or designed in the Charleston region, Essentially

NOW AVAILABLE: Small Business Relief Grants Program

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has partnered with local-independent telecom company, Home Telecom, to launch a Small Business Relief Grants program to aid business owners who’ve faced adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiated by the generosity of Home Telecom through a gift of $50,000, the

2020 Buy Local Holiday Markets

(Do you know of a market not listed below? Let us know!)— UPCOMING MARKETS —Holiday Shop at Soirée Now thru Christmas | Wednesday-Sundays | 11am-5pm Soirée70 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29403— PAST MARKETS —Charleston Holiday Markets in Marion Square Sats and Suns, Dec 5 – Dec 20 | 9am-3pm Marion Sq

19 New Local Entrepreneurs to Know

Good Enterprises’ Community Business Academy Graduates 19 New EntrepreneursLowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises initiative now accepting applicants into its Fall Community Business AcademiesLowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership

June 15 Update: Evolving into an anti-racist organization

As we continue the work to evolve into an anti-racist organization, we wish to let transparency and humility lead the way. We will continue to provide updates on steps taken, goals set and ways you can hold us accountable.Immediate Actions Taken:– As a starting place, we held an in-person, socially-


We are deeply saddened by the destruction of businesses in downtown Charleston and across the nation, but we are more outraged at the killing of innocent black people. We believe the anger and frustration being displayed is valid. Unfortunately peaceful protests and being “strong” have done nothing

You are Essential to us

These past 2 months have felt like 2 years. My team and I have been in the trenches with the local business community that we love and depend on. We have been helping them navigate the funding options available in a constantly changing environment, offering individual consulting and providing webina