Join the Local Movement
The Lowcountry thrives because of its strong, cooperative local business community. Join the hundreds of local-independent businesses who make up the Lowcountry Local First movement. Whether you’re looking for educational webinars, marketing clout, advocacy support, or information about local events and socials, our membership benefits provide more than just a network of passionate local leaders. Find the level that fits your unique business and let us help you make the most of membership.
Thank you for your support of the Local First mission. We look forward to the positive impact we will have together!
We do not want money to be a barrier of entry for those looking to engage in the Local movement. We want to know you and we want you to know us. Your input, your voice and your support matter. If you need to arrange monthly installments or wish to have an extension on your current membership, give us a call at 843-801-3390 or contact us to get started.
Certified Local Member Criteria:
The following criteria are necessary for businesses joining Lowcountry Local First and constitute Lowcountry Local First’s definition of a local independent business. We include the following 8 counties in our definition of the Lowcountry region: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, and Jasper
- The business is privately held and not publicly traded.
- The business is based locally and has no corporate or national headquarters outside the Lowcountry.
- The business owners who have a controlling interest of more than 50% live in the Lowcountry.
- The business can make independent decisions regarding the name and look of the business, business purchasing, practices and distribution, as well as pays all its own marketing, rent, and other business expenses.
Membership Levels and Benefits
Memberships are company-wide so all employees can become a member of LLF once a business joins. Let your employees know of this benefit and encourage them to sign up for an account on our website so they can attend Local Socials and Industry Meetups for free, receive member pricing on event registrations, and access member-only resources.
Expand levels below to sign up for membership. All membership submissions are pending until vetted and approved by staff.
Community Bank or Credit Union
To join as a Community Bank or Credit Union, please review our membership criteria for financial institutions.
Hispanic Business Association Partnership
To join as a member of the Hispanic Business Association (HBA), please contact us.