Good Enterprises:

Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises Initiative is a catalyst for reshaping the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to one that provides equitable opportunity for business ownership, in order to transform lives and communities. Through the adoption of a nationally recognized and proven curriculum, one-on-one coaching, and an access to capital model, Good Enterprises supports economic development opportunities directly in the communities that need it the most.

A local challenge: 

  • Charleston demonstrated the 5th fastest growing gap between rich and poor residents in the US from 2011-2016.
  • Median income levels for African-American and Hispanic households in Charleston County are less than half that of white households.
  • There is a significant gap in our entrepreneurial ecosystem, one that provides opportunity for minority and low-income individuals to improve their lives through entrepreneurship.

How Good Enterprises is rising to the challenge: