We weave together the people, businesses and local communities that are building it.
“I stand for an economy that works for all of us – and I refuse to accept that “business as usual” is the best we can do. I believe my work and the way I engage in my community can be a reflection of who I am, what I love, and how I want to be in the world.”
Entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and philanthropists are joining people like you to create healthy, equitable local economies.
BALLE Field Guide: The Future of Health is Local
The Big Impact of Small Businesses on Urban Job Creation: Evidence from Five Cities
A Revolution in Business Begins with Choosing Connection
Three quarters of “economic development” dollars directly subsidize large corporations, leaving local, independent businesses behind.
For every $100 spent at a local business approximately $67 stays in the community. When you shop at a big box store, just $32 out of $100 stays in the community.
Up to 90 percent of net new jobs in the U.S. are created by locally-owned businesses.
Community Foundations, Summit 2016
Humboldt Area Foundation, represented by Patrick Cleary, promotes and encourages generosity, leadership, and inclusion to strengthen their communities.
Arkansas Community Foundation, represented by Sarah Kinser, engages people, connects resources, and inspires solutions to build community.
Little Rock, AR
Think Local First DC envisions an interconnected community of locally-owned businesses who drive sustainable economic development in Washington DC.
Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged.
BALLE Fellows, Summit 2016
Chrystel Cornelius is empowering Native American communities by helping CDFIs to build wealth & economic independence among tribal communities across the U.S.
Ramón León catalyzes economic and community development in Minneapolis' Latino community.
Malik Yakini fosters food justice and food sovereignty in Detroit's African American Community.
The Social Enterprise Fund, represented by Jane Bisbee, invests in launching and expanding social enterprises in Edmonton.
Lincoln Community Foundation, represented by Barbara Bartle, is partnering with the city of Lincoln to create a mixed-use high-rise building in a low-income community.
Rhode Island Foundation, represented by Jessica David, is working on intentional impact investing and strategy.
Local Economy Investors, Summit 2016
Mary Stranahan focuses on triple bottom line investments, leadership, rural economic development, and environmental policy issues.
Sallie Calhoun uses philanthropy and investment capital to create change in agriculture and communities by empowering women.
Charleston Co-working Space Creates Community... and Profits
Downtown, Hometown: Relationships Revitalize Albuquerque
Designing Across Disciplines: Regenerative Solutions in the American Black Belt
Stone Mountain, GA
Accelerating “Radical Doers” in Vancouver
How do you Act Local?
February 26- March 1, 2017
Play BIG supports you in the activation of your wealth—through philanthropy, investment and everything in between—to advance your mission in alignment with your values, your vision, and who you are as a human being.
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