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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 Steve Fletcher
Date posted03/1/2023


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 Steve Fletcher
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 Erika Grimes
Date posted12/5/2022


November 2022 Advocacy Updates
November 2022 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – ELECTION DAY – November 8th – Federal Support: Vice President Harris Announces New Public and Private-Sector Efforts to Advance Racial Equity at... Continue Reading

Postedby Steve Fletcher
Date posted10/31/2022


October 2022 Advocacy Updates
October 2022 Advocacy Updates

Below are things you should know or take action on right now as a local-independent business owner or community leader: – Feeling Boxed Out: A new report highlights the impacts that monopolistic “predatory buying” have on our communities. It opens our eyes to some of the tactics... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted10/5/2022


Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation
Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

We are in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month! Along with the city of Charleston and the Latinx Advisory Council, our very own Raquel Padgett and Nilsy Rapalo kicked it off at a proclamation press event held on September 15. Raquel is the Director of Good Enterprises, while Nilsy is an... Continue Reading

Postedby Erika Grimes
Date posted10/3/2022


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


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


2021 Annual Report and how you can support our work
2021 Annual Report and how you can support our work

Scientists have long-agreed that diversity of species within an ecosystem directly influences its health and resilience. As the number of species in any ecosystem declines, it loses its ability to rebound after it has been stressed. We believe this same rule applies to our economic... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted05/24/2022


April 2022 Advocacy Updates
April 2022 Advocacy Updates

Movement on federal legislation to promote fair competition: Small Business Rising is a coalition of independent businesses and local business support organizations working together to level the playing field and act as a united voice for independent businesses urging elected leaders to break... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted04/5/2022