Whether we are convening entrepreneurs, supporting our circles of investors and philanthropists, or bringing together independent businesses and stakeholders to foster greater community well-being, BALLE’s programs support one clear mission: to create healthy local economies that work for all.

2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellows.

2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellows.

Local Economy Fellowship

programs-fellowshipBALLE’s Local Economy Fellowship, now supporting it’s 5th cohort connects, resources, and illuminates network leaders who are working to help build local ecosystems of entrepreneurs and businesses to create more healthy and equitable economies in their places. Each Fellow is selected based on their vision, their leadership, and their role as a strategic connector. Whether leading local social enterprise incubators, community business networks, or regional food labs, they are all pioneering champions for a new economic vision. Learn More. 

Local Economy Foundation Circle

programs-cfcPlace-based foundations in the U.S. and Canada are exploring new models of investing. The Local Economy Foundation Circle (formerly Community Foundation Circle) is a unique group of community, private, and health foundations that are pioneering values-driven local community investment in their places and working to align more than $5.49 billion in collective investment assets to their missions. Learn More.

Local Economy Investors Circle

programs-icBALLE has identified a group of funders who are pioneering socially responsible investment strategies and shifting capital to the innovators creating the solutions needed to create resilient local economies. This group is now meeting together to learn from each other, share best practices and to define a new approach to investment that divests from Wall Street. Learn More. 


Choose Connection

programs-ccThere is a growing movement of people using business to build healthier, more equitable economies, that ultimately create greater well-being for us all. BALLE’s Choose Connection program provides entrepreneurs and their communities with examples of personal practices and inspiring stories they can bring to life by convening a monthly “lab” or circle, helping to cultivate a deeper connection with themselves and others. Learn More.

Place-Based Impact Investing (PBII)

programs-pbiiMany passionate individuals across North America are working to support sustainable, local economies. A critical aspect to this work is to shift capital investments into our local businesses. The goal of BALLE’s PBII workshops is simple: to align place-based funders and community investors who want to invest in community-based businesses where they live. Learn More.

BALLE Conferences

conference-thumbAt BALLE, we understand the transformational power of convening our communities. For the past 13 years BALLE has produced an annual Conference bringing together thousands of entrepreneurs, local economy leaders, investors, organizers, and luminaries with the goals of having deep, important conversations around emerging innovations and business solutions for building healthy, sustainable, and equitable local economies that work for all. Learn More.

BALLE Quick Impact Assessment (QIA)

A cornerstone of BALLE’s impact and assessment work is the BALLE QIA. Launched in partnership with B Lab, the non-profit behind B Corporations, the BALLE QIA is a shorter, custom version of B Lab’s Business Impact Assessment (BIA), with an emphasis on Localism — practices that support healthy, sustainable communities backed by strong, equitable local economies. Learn More.