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Podcast Episode 22: LIVE at Charleston Wine & Food 2023
Podcast Episode 22: LIVE at Charleston Wine & Food 2023

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 22nd episode is a... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted03/8/2023


March: Conscious Commercial Development Month
March: Conscious Commercial Development Month

There are many tangible and intangible benefits to hiring locals for your company’s commercial development, design and real estate needs. Here are just a few to consider: 1. Speed & Efficiency – Local commercial real estate companies have less red tape and HR processes than... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted03/1/2023


March 2023 Advocacy Updates
March 2023 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – Support this: SC Craft Beer Economic Development Act, a new bill recently introduced to the SC Senate that could improve conditions and opportunities for our local... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted03/1/2023


15th annual Chef's Potluck Event Policies
15th annual Chef's Potluck Event Policies

TICKET POLICY: This event is rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. A one-time ticket transfer is permissible. HEALTH POLICY: Due to the nature of this event, we cannot address individual allergy concerns. Each participating chef is asked to prepare at least one vegetarian dish. We ask... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted02/28/2023


Podcast Episode 21: Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company
Podcast Episode 21: Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company

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. For our 21st episode,... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted02/27/2023


Guest Post: There’s No Business To Be Done On a Dead Planet
Guest Post: There’s No Business To Be Done On a Dead Planet

The below guest post has been provided by 2023 Good Business Summit attendee, Belvin Olasov, co-director of the Charleston Climate Coalition // Photo provided by Foxworthy Studios “There’s No Business To Be Done On a Dead Planet,” the environmentally-focused Beyond Profit panel... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted02/23/2023


Podcast Episode 20: 'Emma Cromedy, Carolima's Lowcountry Cuisine
Podcast Episode 20: 'Emma Cromedy, Carolima's Lowcountry Cuisine

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. For our 20th episode,... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted12/21/2022


December 2022 Advocacy Updates
December 2022 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – A recent report from Civic Economics (Nov 2022), Unfulfilled: Amazon and the American Retail Landscape, builds a deep understanding of how Amazon affects small... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted12/6/2022


Good Enterprises Initiative hosts inaugural “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event
Good Enterprises Initiative hosts inaugural “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event

Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, hosted its inaugural “Ready, Set, Pitch!” competition on December 3, 2022 to award cash and in-kind prizes to five local entrepreneurs. Nearly 200 graduates of the... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted12/6/2022


SBA Disaster Loans Available for Businesses in South Carolina/Préstamos por desastre de la SBA dispo
SBA Disaster Loans Available for Businesses in South Carolina/Préstamos por desastre de la SBA dispo

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering assistance for businesses located in regions affected by declared disasters in South Carolina. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with “working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a... Continue Reading

Postedby Steve Fletcher
Date posted12/5/2022


Podcast Episode 19: Dr. Seth Strauss, Ideal Posture and Spine
Podcast Episode 19: Dr. Seth Strauss, Ideal Posture and Spine

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. For our 19th episode,... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted12/5/2022


Eat Local this Holiday Season
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... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted11/21/2022