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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


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


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


#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


16th annual Chef's Potluck Event Policies
16th 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... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted02/22/2024


Who will be at the GoodBusiness Summit?
Who will be at the GoodBusiness Summit?

Lowcountry Local First looks forward to gathering with hundreds of business owners, community leaders, municipal teams and localists at the 11th annual Good Business Summit on Thursday, February 22 at the Charleston Music Hall. Leaders and teams from the following organizations will be among those... Continue Reading

Postedby Steve Fletcher
Date posted02/19/2024


Shop Local: Valentine's Edition💌
Shop Local: Valentine's Edition💌

Check out these sweet deals offered by our neighbors and friends. Browse ideas for Food & Beverage, Floral, Retail and Shopping Experiences. Food & Beverage 🍫🍷 Curry Collective Valentine's Day Treats Custom Charcuterie by Charcuterie Happy Board Galentine's Tea at... Continue Reading

Postedby Mara Fields
Date posted02/7/2024


An Economy for All
An Economy for All

As we welcome the start of Black History Month, we celebrate the leaders and voices who have - and are still - tirelessly fighting for change, those who have sought to shape history for the better, for all. Here's the reality today: Charleston demonstrated the 5th fastest growing gap between rich... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted02/1/2024


January 2024 Advocacy Updates
January 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 Updates - We are reigniting our Commercial Space Advising work this year, thanks to a robust group of expert advisors, and hope you’ll help us spread the... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted01/4/2024


Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises Initiative hosts 2nd annual “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event
Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises Initiative hosts 2nd annual “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event

Leer en español Lowcountry Local First, a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, hosted its second annual “Ready, Set, Pitch!” competition on October 7, 2023 to award a $10,000 cash prize to a local entrepreneur. Graduates of the... Continue Reading

Postedby Jordan Amaker
Date posted10/9/2023