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Celebrate your Local Independents in July!
Celebrate your Local Independents in July!

What is Independents Month? Independents Month (July), part of AMIBA’s Choose Indie Local program, is a time to recognize our locally owned and independent businesses and the community values they embody: Their spirit of entrepreneurship, individuality, uniqueness, and character. How... Continue Reading

Postedby Maud Bentley
Date posted06/20/2024


Celebrate the Graduates: Spring 2024 Community Business Academy
Celebrate the Graduates: Spring 2024 Community Business Academy

En medio del vibrante tapiz de apoyo comunitario y espíritu emprendedor, la Academia Empresarial de Lowcountry Local First ("La Academia") celebró otro logro notable el 13 de junio. Un total de 17 personas dedicadas, representando tanto a las cohortes de inglés como de... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted06/17/2024


June 2024: Advocacy Updates
June 2024: Advocacy Updates

Local Level Worth celebrating: The Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) project recently received a $1.2 million grant from the FTA to advance TOD planning by focusing on the implementation of affordable housing strategies in the project corridor. This grant moves LCRT into Phase 3 of its TOD... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted05/31/2024


Father's Day, Local Style
Father's Day, Local Style

Father's Day is coming up on June 16, 2024. Here are just a few of the many local places ready to help you find the perfect gift or experience for the father figures in your life: Active & Adventurous Dad Aqua Safaris - Members, book a trip with a 10% off codeBeach Cowboy FitnessCoastal... Continue Reading

Postedby Maud Bentley
Date posted05/13/2024


A Look at the June Primaries & November Elections
A Look at the June Primaries & November Elections

Deep Dive: A Look at the June Primaries & November Elections Depending where you live in SC, you could be voting on June 11 for your next State Senator, Solicitor, Sheriff and more. The below deep dive is being shared via TogetherSC, with permission: This year, all 170 legislator seats... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted05/2/2024


May 2024: Advocacy Updates
May 2024: Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: Local Level Did you see? The City of Charleston has joined the ‘gram. Follow along for updates! Stay up to date with what's happening in the city by signing up here... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted04/30/2024


Credit card swipe fees take a chunk out of my SC small business. Congress can help.
Credit card swipe fees take a chunk out of my SC small business. Congress can help.

Every time a shopper uses a credit card, the merchant pays a fee to process the transaction, commonly known as a swipe fees. Supporters of a bipartisan bill in the US Senate say the bill could help merchants by lowering swipe fees. Continue Reading

Postedby Toni Reale
Date posted04/8/2024


April 2024: Advocacy Updates
April 2024: Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: Federal Level LLF was proud to be an indie-biz advocacy group to co-host a recent virtual Town Hall with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which recently shared a recap... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted04/1/2024


Podcast Episode 34: LIVE at Queen Street Playhouse and 96-3FM with Charleston Marketing Powerhouses
Podcast Episode 34: LIVE at Queen Street Playhouse and 96-3FM with Charleston Marketing Powerhouses

Get to know the Lowcountry’s local-independent business community, one changemaker at a time. “Small Talks, Big Ideas with Steve” is a podcast that features local business insights and updates, alongside interviews with members, sponsors, and supporters. Our 34th episode is a... Continue Reading

Postedby Steve Fletcher
Date posted03/18/2024


#GoodBiz24: Is AI The Great Equalizer?
#GoodBiz24: Is AI The Great Equalizer?

Guest Blog Post by Zach Giglio, GCM: I was honored to moderate this incredible [Good Business Summit] panel on demystifying AI. Here are some of my favorite takeaways:Eric Elliott gave tons of good advice on how to approach AI while still relying on what makes us uniquely human. One of his best... Continue Reading

Postedby Zachary Giglio
Date posted03/4/2024


March 2024 Advocacy Updates
March 2024 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: Federal Level LLF has been connecting members to Sen Graham’s staff to share stories and the negative impacts of unrestrained and excessive credit card fees on their... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted03/1/2024


Farmers' Markets & CSAs
Farmers' Markets & CSAs

Farmers’ Markets provide excellent opportunities to meet farmers directly and learn more about their products, practices, and methods of sale, while also allowing you to stock up on fresh groceries! Fortunately for us, the Lowcountry is full of great neighborhood markets. There are more... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted02/26/2024