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

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!)— ONGOING —– Be sure to find a Farmers’ Market near you this fall and holiday season!— UPCOMING MARKETS —Mount Pleasant Holiday Market & Craft Show Saturday | Dec. 12, 2020 Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC

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-

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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

Navigating Business Relief Options with the SBA

View recording of a webinar held with William Furman from the SBA on Wed, Mar 24 at 3 pm. ET.View slides from the webinar.Additional information regarding the SBA’s Economic Disaster Relief Program is shared below including application completion tips and SBA’s FACT SHEET.Application Completion Tips

Support Our Work

For thirteen years, Lowcountry Local First has been the only resource dedicated solely to the local-independent business community. We work day in and day out to ensure the Lowcountry is a place in which local business can thrive and to build an economy where all might have an opportunity to prosper

2020 Eat Local Challenge

Eat Local Challenge: Make the ShiftApril 1-30Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local Challenge takes place throughout the entire month of April each year. We challenge you to shift $10 or more of your weekly food spending towards the local food system. By signing the Pledge, we’ll guide you on where to f

Love Local this Valentine’s Day

You can’t buy love, but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same thing. Show off your Local Love and support locally-owned businesses this Valentine’s Day. Not sure where to start? We have you covered with our Local Business Directory.Last Minute Valentine’s Day plans and gifts:The Cocktail Clu

The 2019 Member Survey Results are in

At Lowcountry Local First, we believe ownership matters and relationships matter. Our goal is to support the local business community and tailor our programs to help our community gain access to every chance at success. That’s why we work with businesses, community members, and policymakers to build

2020 Local First Award Winners

The Local First Awards are an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s local-independent businesses whose legacy of work and choices support the local community and envision business as a force for good. This year’s Local First Awards took place on January 8th at the Cedar Room where five local busine

NOW HIRING: Business Development Manager

Organization: Lowcountry Local FirstPosition: Business Development Manager (Full-time)Reports to: Director of DevelopmentSalary Range: $40,000 to $45,000 based on experienceApplication Deadline: Open until filled (check website for status)Summary: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is an entrepreneurial n

Eat Local this Holiday Season

When considering where to source your holiday meal ingredients, choose to spread some local holiday love by purchasing your protein, produce, and dairy from a nearby farmer or purveyor.The holidays are the best time of the year to show your support to the farmers and growers who keep us well fed and

2019 Buy Local Holiday Markets

(Do you know of a market not listed below? Let us know!)— ONGOING —– Be sure to find a Farmers’ Market near you this fall and holiday season! – The Charleston Farmers’ Market hosts a special Holiday Market on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December from 9am – 3pm. – Don’t miss out on exploring the

Vocal for Local: Orange Spot Coffee

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Circulos De Bienestar

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Grit and Grace Studio

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C

Vocal for Local: Charleston Animal Society

Throughout the month of October, we are featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet a C