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Podcast Episode 16: Brian Porter & Kyle Barnette, Footlight Players
Podcast Episode 16: Brian Porter & Kyle Barnette, Footlight Players

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 16th episode,... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted08/17/2022


The Local Arts: Footlight Players
The Local Arts: Footlight Players

For the month of August, we’re celebrating the arts! We’re proud to have dozens of small business members, including the Footlight Players, a theatre company located in Downtown Charleston. This Lowcountry giant has been a part of the local arts scene since the early 1930s. For this... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted08/9/2022


Town of James Island, Lowcountry Local First Announce New Small Business Support Partnership
Town of James Island, Lowcountry Local First Announce New Small Business Support Partnership

NEWS RELEASE // TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND // AUGUST 1, 2022: A new partnership between the Town of James Island and Lowcountry Local First is now offering localized business training and strategic small business support. The annual partnership includes a Community Storefront Challenge and the business... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted08/1/2022


September 2022 Advocacy Updates
September 2022 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – Supply Chain Woes & Rising Costs: Charleston City Paper shared a recent feature highlighting LLF’s 2022 Member Survey results, which reported supply chain... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted08/1/2022


August 2022 Advocacy Updates
August 2022 Advocacy Updates

August 2022 Advocacy Updates JUL 29, 2022 Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – 2022 Member Survey findings released: Lowcountry Local First’s 2022 Member Survey found top challenges include... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted07/29/2022


Creative Commercial Spaces: The Station Park Circle & The Creative Realm Space
Creative Commercial Spaces: The Station Park Circle & The Creative Realm Space

For the month of July, we’re spotlighting some cool ideas in the commercial real estate realm. Some of our members have interesting models and shared spaces that we can all find inspiration from. Sharon Payer is the owner the The Station Park Circle. The Station is a marketplace that houses... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted07/21/2022


The 2022 Member Survey Results
The 2022 Member Survey Results

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... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted07/7/2022


July 2022 Advocacy Updates
July 2022 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or leader: – SBA Summer School:Whether you’re looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA’s digital learning platform has everything you need to educate... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted06/28/2022


$789,000 US EDA Grant Awarded to Lowcountry Local First’s Good Growth Program
$789,000 US EDA Grant Awarded to Lowcountry Local First’s Good Growth Program

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a two-year $789,724 grant to Lowcountry Local First to support the organization’s Good Growth Program. This program will expand upon the organization’s Good Enterprises entrepreneurship... Continue Reading

Postedby Jacquie Berger
Date posted06/1/2022


Podcast Episode 15: Femi Oyediran, Graft Wine Shop
Podcast Episode 15: Femi Oyediran, Graft Wine Shop

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 15th... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted05/27/2022


Podcast Episode 14: KJ Kearney, Black Food Fridays & Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Podcast Episode 14: KJ Kearney, Black Food Fridays & Charleston Promise Neighborhood

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 14th... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted05/26/2022


Eating Locally for the Environment and YOUR Health!
Eating Locally for the Environment and YOUR Health!

This feature is from MUSC Health and MUSC Urban Farm, sponsors of Eat Drink Local Month. The Eat Drink Local Challenge during the month of May challenges individuals and organizations across the Lowcountry to shift their purchasing and eating habits to focus on supporting local farmers... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted05/25/2022