About

Nearly 200 entrepreneurs have graduated from the Good Enterprises Initiative’s Community Business Academy. We have watched these mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and cousins plan for, start, and grow their own businesses. We have seen them overcome obstacles, take risks, and face all kinds of daunting challenges in order to support their families, build wealth, and improve their communities. Lowcountry Local First believes that entrepreneurship is a powerful engine for community change and is committed to seeing these new businesses receive the attention and investment they deserve.

The “Ready, Set, Pitch!” event will give Community Business Academy graduates the opportunity to share their stories, ideas, vision, and plan and our judges will select one talented and driven individual to receive a $10,000 prize to help take their business to the next level.

Coming up:

    • September 13: Mandatory information session (Program graduates only. RSVP here.)
      Queen St Playhouse: 20 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
      6:30 – 8 p.m.
    • October 3: Video submissions due (instructions to be shared)
    • October 20: Top 10 entrepreneurs announced (Virtual event; Link to be shared with all applicants)
    • October 31: Pitch decks due
    • November 14: Top 5 entrepreneurs notified
    • Nov 14 – Dec 3: Individual coaching sessions scheduled with top 5 entrepreneurs
    • December 3: Ready, Set, Pitch!
      Cannon St Art Center: 134 Cannon St, Charleston SC 29403
      (parking on-site to left of building), 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch provided
    • December 5: Winner and top 5 entrepreneurs publicly announced through press release

A special thank you to the coaches and judges:

Top prize funds
provided by:

Supported by:

Charles McClendon

Kathy Salmanowitz

Strategic Partners: