BALLE Live! Webinar Series
Through our BALLE Live! Webinar series we provide access to the best thinkers, thought leaders, business leaders and others who are re-imagining and re-inventing what a thriving local economy can be.
These engaging and interactive dialogues with experts are a unique opportunity to learn from those who are leading the field.
Plus for the price of admission you get a recording of the webinar and the “how-to” packet of slides, often replete with budgets, legal forms, and project plans that would take you significant time and money to start yourself.
Our BALLE Live! webinar series center around our Core Four (Community Capital, Local First, Better Together, and DIY Entrepreneurs), and our overarching work toward Prosperity For All. Our current series offerings include Community Capital and Local First webinars.
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Host a Webinar Viewing Party
- Gather with others from your area to participate in a "viewing party" for each webinar. Groups can attend using just one member's registration.
- Ask the presenters the questions relevant to your needs in your in your area.
- Hold a discussion group afterward to investigate how your community can apply what you learn.
This series features strategies for unleashing local money to build local economies, and is appropriate for businesses looking for capital, local economy conveners, community investors, foundations, innovative bankers, economic development professionals, and others. Learn about pioneering efforts around the country with respect to crowd-funding, community supported enterprises, triple bottom line banking and credit unions, slow-money investing, cooperatives, local investment clubs, direct public offerings and more. Featuring tested models and geared toward what you can put into practice in your community right away.
► July 9, 2013 | 10:00am PT Click here to register
Lessons Learned: Capital, Coaching, and Connection with Claudia Viek, CEO, California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)
We’ll explore how no matter the capital strategy we employ, it must be accompanied with entrepreneurship support and technical assistance that can get entrepreneurs ready for an infusion of capital, and help them succeed once they have it.
Claudia Viek has been CEO of CAMEO since 2007. She has been a pioneer in both the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in California. She is the former Executive Director (14 years) of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Renaissance is an award winning training, financing and business incubation program in San Francisco. Claudia represents the State Micro-Business Associations on the AEO board. Claudia served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Association and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators from Baja to Alaska. Claudia is the past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAWBO and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards in her community.
This series features innovative strategies at the business and network level that effectively make the case for local and result in more buying and thinking Local First. We know driving demand for local products and service is a critical piece of building the Localist movement and taking Main Street mainstream. Locally produced goods and locally owned businesses have received a surge in support and awareness over the last several years thanks to many of the “Think Local First” campaigns around North America. We continue to support this movement through showcasing effective models, campaigns, policies and programs that expand ownership and shift purchasing towards locals first.
► May 21, 2013 | 10:00am PT Click here to register
After hearing from two local food catalysts connecting growers with markets, we’ll move next to hearing from a buyer’s perspective: Emory University, a pioneer in local and green purchasing and campus sustainability.
Emory University has set an ambitious goal to purchase 75% local or sustainably-produced food by 2015. To help grow and support local suppliers from which they can buy, they are helping sponsor the development Atlanta Lettuce Works, a worker-owned cooperative greenhouse business.
We'll explore the drivers and goals of Emory’s efforts to source local food and their planning and execution process for making this a reality, including clear goals and implementation steps for 10 categories of food purchases. We’ll learn about their challenges and successes to date, all with an eye toward replication in other communities with other universities and large institutional buyers.
Emily Cumbie-Drake, Program Coordinator, Emory University
Cumbie-Drake works with University committees and various groups on campus in fulfilling Emory’s sustainability vision. She is a graduate from Emory College in 2010 with a B. A. As an Emory student, she was actively engaged in sustainability efforts on campus, including serving on Emory’s Sustainable Food Committee and managing the Green Bean Coffee Cart. Cumbie-Drake was a 2010 Robert T. Jones Scholar and most recently worked as a volunteer for Heiffer International.