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Meet Zandra. Entrepreneur. Small Business Owner. Localist Champion. Not (just) your average teenager. She is the owner of Azariah’s Innocence, a successful Buffalo-based artisanal bath and beauty boutique, and a 2013 Prosperity for All scholarship recipient. Did we mention she’s only thirteen?

At BALLE, we believe that everyone should benefit from a just and healthy economy. Yet we recognize that economic opportunity is not equal. That’s why we set up the Prosperity for All Scholarship Fund specifically to support entrepreneurs and local economy leaders from communities of color, low income communities, the LGBTQ community and their allies, and women leaders who wish to attend Prosperity For All - the 2014 BALLE Conference.

 

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Champions
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Localists
   Scott Cratty, Ukiah, CA
   Jerry Fain, Framingham, MA
   Sue Beckwith, Elgin, TX
   Lorenzo Perez, Phoenix, AZ
   Thomas Barrett, Chico, CA
   Dan Bailey, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
   Bill Lafayette, Columbus, OH
   Gayle Gifford, Providence, RI
   Scott Allen, Fort Collins, CO
   Aileen Gribbin, New York, NY
   Mike Englert, Washington DC
   Sheree Moratto, Chicago, IL
   Brad Weber, San Diego, CA
   Jeffrey Bordelon, Loomis, CA
   Raymond Baltar, Glen Ellen, CA
   Dave Burris, Milton, DE

Since January 2014


In Our Communities

Amy Robinson ThumbnailWe Are Stronger Together: An Interview with Amy Robinson
BALLE recently sat down with LOCO Founder, Amy Robinson, who shared new definitions for “local” and “sustainable,” the four areas of work that have her most energized, and how the Vancouver, BC businesses are stronger when they work together.  Read more. 
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Convening for a Fair and Just Arizona Economy 
When Arizona Bill SB 1062 -- which many believed was aimed at discrimination towards the LGBTQ community -- began making its way through the state legislature, BALLE Fellow Kimber Lanning rallied nearly every major business group in Arizona to join forces against it, and the bill was ultimately vetoed. Congratulations to Kimber and her team!
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Perception and Reality in Our Communities
Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer and BALLE Fellow, penned an insightful piece in response to SB 1062. Read the blog here.

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Recognition Rules!
Congrats to Vancouver- based BALLE Fellow Toby Barazzuol’s Eclipse Awards who was just awarded Best Green Business by Small Business BC. Toby continues to inspire and lead the way for local and sustainable businesses.

Racism that Changed My Life
ScorzaDArtagnanInglewood-based Fellow, D’Artagnan Scorza, shares how his understanding of poverty, racism, segregation, and inequality drastically changed after a study-abroad trip to South Africa, and how it influences his current work with at-risk black youth. Read the compelling story

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Green For All’s new Executive Director, Nikki Silvestri, shares her insights in a recentHuffington Post blog on climate change, cultivating economic health and berries from her grandmother's garden.

Community Foundations: Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital?

Don ShafferAfter an unprecedented recent gathering of pioneering community foundations, RSF’s Don Shaffer shares his thoughts about the opportunities and challenges of shifting an investment portfolio from Wall Street to Main Street to ensure investment dollars support a foundations’ philanthropic work.

Prosperity for All: Getting There Through Love and Hustle

Jess Daniel Headshot BWDetroit’s Jess Daniel talks about a new project to improve food licensing, why she brings diverse voices to the table, and other ways FoodLab is improving access to opportunity for Detroit’s up and coming food makers. Read more
 


What's Happening at BALLE

REGISTER NOW! 2014 BALLE Conference | June 11-13 | Oakland, CA
Conference programsBALLE believes that national and global prosperity begins at the local level; city-by-city, business-by-business. Join us June 11-13th in Oakland, CA for 6 essential conversations, 3 fun-filled days, 700+ leaders and numerous opportunities for networking, collaborating, immersion and skill-building at the Localist event of the year: Prosperity for All -- BALLE’s 12th Annual Conference.

Seeking Great Candidates
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Impact Hub Oakland: BALLE’s new home
Impact Hub 3The BALLE team is thrilled to have moved into its new home at the new Impact Hub Oakland, an inspiring shared workspace, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially engaged people. Talk about great chats around the water cooler!  Visit us at 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612.

Community Capital Toolkit
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Fellows in the News
LeanneBALLE Local Economy Fellows continue to make headlines across North America. Check out this month’s roundup.

 

Go Solar and Support BALLE
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Partner Events & Resources

Social Enterprise Alliance
The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit '14
April 13-16 | Nashville, TN
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Since 2000, The Social Enterprise Alliance's (SEA) Summit has been the signature event for learning, collaborating, and creating a social enterprise movement through collective inspiration and action. Register today!
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April 24-27 | San Diego, CA
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Impact Capitalism Summit
April 29-30 | Chicago, IL
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The global leaders of Impact Investing are assembling in Chicago for theImpact Capitalism Summit, the first summit of its kind to take a portfolio approach to impact investing for investment officers of family offices, foundations, endowments and pension funds.

AMIBA's Go Local Grow Local
May 8-11 | Minneapolis, MN
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CommonBound: Moving Together Toward A New Economy
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June 6-8 | Boston, MA
The time is now to get serious about transforming our political economy.  Join more than 600 people as we work toward greater unity and deeper action in the service of building a just and sustainable economy. Register today!
 

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Prosperity For All BALLE Conference Offers So Much More...

Mandela Marketplace2Living economy tours provide BALLE Conference attendees an in-depth look at Prosperity For All in action. The Urban Food Justice tour takes place in West Oakland, a diverse community of 25,000 residents where 45% of households earn less than $25,000 a year. As with other low-income communities and communities of color, the corner store remains the primary source of food for many families, and access to healthy food is a challenge.

Enter Mandela MarketPlace – one stop on the Urban Food Justice tour – a non-profit that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises. Hear firsthand about how the Mandela Foods Cooperative  a worker- and community-owned retail grocery store and nutrition education center  fosters economic empowerment and community health in this underserved area.
 
For more information on the Urban Food Justice tour and other exciting conference events,click here. Join other local economy thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, network builders, funders and Localists of all kinds at the annual BALLE Conference on June 11-13 in Oakland, CA.  Register by March 3rd for the best rates!
 
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In Our Communities

MalikYakini20 Stories of Localism in Action
From Los Angeles to Detroit, BALLE Fellows have been making the headlines for pioneering local economy work across North America. Check out these 20 insightful stories published in the last month.

A Field Guide to Investing in A Regenerative Economy 
Capital Institute Logo - hi-res transparentThe Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy brings to life a vision of how financial capital can be a restorative agent in communities. Recently, the highlights include the local economy work of BALLE Members FoodLab Detroit and Washington’s Viva Farms.Share your story today

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Buying Local is More Than Just a Nice Idea
Vancouver BALLE Champion LOCO BC thoughtfully responds to this Globe and Mailarticle which criticized the importance and impact of Localism.

 


What's Happening at BALLE

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We’re Hiring: Director of Marketing and Communications 
Join our team! BALLE is looking for a master marketer and savvy storyteller to join our team as a Director of Marketing and Communications. Know a champion communicator? Share this opportunity with them!

BALLE’s Community Capital Toolkit Is Here – FREE Download!
 

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BALLE's toolkit includes a 20+ page Guide to Community Capital, free access to seven Community Capital webinars and a library of community capital resources.Download your toolkit today!

 

Featured Fellow Series
Jess Daniel Headshot BWJess Daniel is a BALLE Local Economy Fellow and the co-founder of FoodLab Detroit. BALLE recently sat down with Jess to talk about her work re-building food systems and Prosperity For All, all of which she describes in this recent blog post.  

Nikki Silvestri Named Executive Director of Green For All
Nikki Henderson Headshot 2012BALLE Local Economy Fellow and former ED of People’s Grocery, Nikki Silvestri, was recently named ED of Green For All  a national organization founded by Van Jones dedicated to building an inclusive green economy. We congratulate Nikki on her new position and share her latest interview on MSNBC.

Michelle Long Named a Purpose Economy 100 Leader
Michelle Long - StaffCongrats to BALLE’s fearless leader, Michelle Long, who was named to the Purpose Economy 100 for her work towards adding meaning back into the American economy. She sits alongside luminaries such as Al Gore, Michael Porter, and the founders of B Corporation and Etsy. 

Andrea Dean on Dreams, Personal Evolution and Sparkle Boots
andrea_dean_blog_2BALLE Local Economy Fellow Andrea Dean describes a personal evolution around bringing her ‘whole self’ to work, how that shift has impacted her leadership capacity and ability to advance her food systems work in Hawaii.  

BALLE Fellows and Hollyhock SVI - A Potent Combo!tobybarazzoul
BALLE Local Economy Fellows and Alumni traveled to beautiful Cortes Island in B.C Canada for the annual Hollyhock SVI to learn, be inspired and add to the impact of this entrepreneurial event.  Read more about their powerful experience. 

 


Partner Events & Resources
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Art of Hosting Workshop: Building Resilient Community + Organizations
March 7-9 | Petaluma, CA
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This event rooted in the Four Fold practice of the Art of Hosting, teaches a participatory approach for leading, convening, and engaging groups. Register today.

ASBC Media Boot Camp
March 12, 20, 26, and April 2 ASBC logo

ASBC's Media Boot Camp series offers tips and tools for Localist leaders about local media, writing an op-ed and activating your community through social media.
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April 13-16 | Nashville, TN
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Since 2000, The Social Enterprise Alliance's (SEA) Summit has been the signature event for learning, collaborating, and creating a social enterprise movement through collective inspiration and action. Register today!
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April 24-27 | San Diego, CA
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January 2014
Happy New Year! 2013 was a pivotal year for BALLE and 2014 is poised to be game-changing. From the much anticipated BALLE Conference in Oakland in June to the next extraordinary cohort of Local Economy Fellows - we're ready to make this coming year the best one yet!

BALLE has been hard at work this past year.  From a headquarters move to Oakland, California and an expanding the Local Economy Fellowship network, to transformative collaborations and growing the influence of Localism, we're seeing real impacts throughout North America and it makes us so proud!  In case you missed it, here is a look back at the 10 ways BALLE changed the world of Localism in 2013.
   


WHAT'S NEXT

Webinar: A Crash Course in Community Capital - FREE!
Thursday, February 6 | 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET
Be the first to get your hands on BALLE's new Guide to Community Capital - a 20-page resource to help get your community investing locally!  Webinar attendees will receive a special advanced copy of this Guide which includes how to get local capital working for businesses in your community, the various types of community capital, why local investing is key to strong local economies, and so much more.  Hear from innovators about what's working on the ground in this FREE webinar
Merrian Goggio-Borgeson is the co-founder and principal at Tule Partners, founding director of SBN Philadelphia, former BALLE board chair, and currently a BALLE advisor in the area of Community Capital. She is a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on the financing and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Merrian currently serves as a trustee for the Goggio Family Foundation, an adviser to the Schumacher Center for New Economics, and as board chair for Jacaranda Health.  
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WELCOME NEW BALLE MEMBERS! BALLE Nametag

Localists
     Luigi Spiga, Segrate, Lombardia, Italy
     Hilary Baum, Bronx, NY
     Eric Strickland, Indianapolis, IN

Champions
     Virginia Community Capital, Inc., Richmond, VA
     

Since December 2013

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

LocalFirstIthacaIthaca, NY-based Local First Ithaca had a lot to be proud of in 2013. They just published their 3rd Annual Guide to Being Local, a 192-page guide with a comprehensive Eat Local Food Map, 60 "Local Stores" featuring local non-profits and businesses with innovative business structures and over 100 coupons for local businesses.

Executive Director, Jan Rhodes Norman, and her team continue to engage with city, county and state government officials - recently they spoke to the Tompkins County Board of Representatives Economic Development Committee about what a Local Living Economy is and how local government can support it - and are exploring a statewide BALLE network initiative with the NYS Sustainable Business Council and other collaborations with statewide partners. Keep it up Local First Ithaca!

 

IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Exciting Resources for Local Food HubsLocalOrbitLogo180x134
Multiple farms aggregate products in one place – commonly known as “food hubs” – with the hope of guiding consumers and wholesale customers towards purchasing from local growers. Local Orbit, an online marketplace for local food distribution startups, shared three common bottlenecks that are slowing down food hubs and announced their ‘Hub Camps’ for entrepreneurs who want to start a wholesale food distribution operation.
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Experts predict that Localism is the Future
Good News! IBM says that in five years, “local will beat online;” Inc. Magazine posts that 2014 will be the “Year of the Informed Consumer;” Forbes writes that that the #1 hottest food trend in 2014 will be “Locally Sourced Everything,” and that entrepreneurs think crowdfunding will doa lot of good in the world this coming year. 

New Report Highlights Innovative Food Justice SolutionsHUFED Innovations Report
The Wallace Center’s Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center recently released an exciting new report Innovations in Local Food Enterprise: Fresh Ideas for a Just and Profitable Food System, focusing on food justice and food access issues in low income communities.

Does Your Community Have a Crowdfunding Platform Yet? 
mile high business alliance-logoDenver, Colorado's Mile High Business Alliance, lead by BALLE Fellow Mickki Langston, has launched their own local crowdfunding platform:Neighborhood CatalystLearn more about this innovative way to get local dollars invested in local businesses.

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Vancouver, Canada's LOCO BC, led by BALLE Fellow Amy Robinson, in partnership with other local organizations, recently released a toolkit for local procurement, a resource guide for anchor institutions – such as hospitals and universities – that aim to shift towards local procurement practices.

Building Relationships with Financial Transactions
rsfRSF’s goal to transform the way the world works with money is illustrated in their new video which features their relationship-based approach to finance in quarterly pricing meetings with borrower, Common Market Philadelphia, a non-profit food distribution company.


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BALLE

Andrea_DeanAndrea Dean on Hawaiian Food Security + Local Food Systems 
Hawai‘i-based BALLE Fellow Andrea Dean works on projects that support the growth of a local, sustainable economy, with a sweet spot for growing the local food system. We recently sat down with Andrea to talk about indigenous food culture, myths about the Hawaiian economy, and a rant on the future of funding in the Localist movement. Check it out.

Sarita Role Schaffer on Food Justice + Agriculture 
Sarita SchafferBALLE Fellow Sarita Role Schaffer, who is incubating farmers in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, shared the importance of transitioning immigrant farm workers to farm owners, and in her blog post, why storytelling and brand development is key to advancing the local food movement. Her story was just published in the Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy.  Read it now.


BALLE Has a New Home! 
Impact Hub 2On February 1st, BALLE headquarters will be moving into its new home at the Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway St., Oakland, CA 94612, a community and purpose-driven co-working space in the heart of downtown Oakland. 
 


PARTNER EVENTS & RESOURCES

Capital Institute

A Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy
Is your business or project rebuilding your local economy and environment? Our partners at the Capital Institute are looking for your story! The Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy is an ecosystem of narratives that brings to life a vision of how financial capital can be a restorative rather than a coercive agent as it supports enterprises and practices that empower individuals and regenerate the land, local communities, and global economies in which they operate.

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Social Venture Network 2014 Spring Conference
April 24-27 | San Diego, CA

Join the top minds of socially responsible business in exploring what matters most...in your work...in your life...for our planet at SVN's Spring Conference in San Diego. Register today!



Social Enterprise AllianceThe Social Enterprise Alliance Summit
April 13-16 | Nashville, TN
Since 2000, The Social Enterprise Alliance's (SEA) Summit has been the signature event for learning, collaborating, and creating a social enterprise movement through collective inspiration and action.Register today and join SEA in Music City!


SAVE THE DATES

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2014 BALLE Conference  | June 11-13 | Oakland, CA
Our annual gathering of innovators doing cutting-edge local economy work across North America heads to the vibrant city of Oakland, CA. In effort to deeper than ever before, we have chosen to focus on the six conversations that Localists have indicated are the most urgent, energized and important for the community to work together on today.Save the dates!  

Pre-registration for BALLE Members begins next week!  Details on discounted member pricing and early bird registration coming soon to your inbox.  See you in Oakland!

 

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BREAKING NEWS!
Localism PSA with Kevin Bacon Just Released by CNN

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Localism Is Zero Degrees Of Separation From Kevin Bacon
Actor Kevin Bacon sings the gospel of Localism in this breaking CNN interview and (hilarious) public service announcement in support of the 3rd annual Shift Your Shopping campaign. He talked about this holiday ‘Buy Local' initiative, a BALLE partnership with AMIBA and Causetown, and shared stories from his childhood about knowing local business owners, all the while emphasizing the importance of having personal connections within communities and how relationships matter most.

The campaign is gaining lots of press, particularly around this year’s Shift Your Shopping for Good charity giveback element that benefits a charity of your choice. Join the over 200 business associations and 40,000 locally owned independent businesses that are taking part to shift shopping to local retailers this holiday season. Sign up today!

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Localists
     Justin Phan, Huntington Beach, CA
     Charles Bardman, Madison, WI
     Morgan Meadows, Eastsound, WA
     George Scott, Humble, TX
 

IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Jersey City Officials Announce A Local Living Economy AgendaAlfaDemmelash
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Rising Tide Capital, Alfa Demmelash hosted over 80 local economy leaders, including BALLE co-founder Judy Wicks and RSF Social Finance’s Don Schaffer for a summit where city officials announced the formation of a Local Living Economy working group. Stay tuned for more information.
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Harnessing The Power Of Anchor Institutions In Economic Development
Over the past three years, Living Cities has been testing the hypothesis that anchor institutions can play a significant role in creating economic opportunity in cities. This newly released report highlights key lessons and questions from that work.

New Report From The Metcalf Foundation on the Green Economy
metcalf-green_economy-illustration-final-e1383077146766.jpg&w=680&h=420&zc=1&q=90Greening the economy at the local level will bring jobs, prosperity, and help us address the environmental challenges we’re facing. That is the finding of Green Economy at Community Scale, a new report by Professors Tim Jackson and Peter Victor.

Just Launched! Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Economy
Sustainable CommunitiesLongtime BALLE supporter and pioneering economic developer Bruce Seifer has published a new book on Localist economic development strategies. Pick up a copy of Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Economy from your local indie bookseller. 

 

Indie Trade Associations Form New Coalition
ilsrSeven independent business trade associations have joined forces to form the Advocates for Independent Business, which will give locally owned independent businesses a stronger voice on issues of policy and a way to connect around best practices. Learn more about getting independent businesses from your community involved.


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BALLE

BALLE FellowsApplications Now Being Accepted! 
Less than a month left to apply for the 2014-2015 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship! Join the most innovative local economy leaders from across North America in this immersive program of deep collaboration, shared learning, and capacity-building. Learn more by visiting our website or download a copy of our recent Fellowship Info webinar. Applications due December 15, 2013. APPLY today!

BALLE Fellow D’Artagnan Scorza Is Changing The Game
D'Artagnan ScorzaThis month we sat down with 2013-2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellow D’Artagnan Scorza, whose pioneering work at the intersection of urban agriculture, social justice and education is having a big impact in his hometown community of Inglewood, CA. Learn about what being a Localist means to him, more about his work, and check out his feature in this recent LA Times article. D'Artagnan is one to watch!

BALLE Fellows Take D.C. By Storm At The Recent ASBC Summit 
BALLE FellowsLeanne Krueger-Braneky, Anthony Flaccavento, and Jamee Haley took Washington D.C. by storm when they each presented at ASBC's Summit for a Sustainable Economy last week and highlighted the needs of small farmers to U.S. congressional offices working on the Farm Bill. 

Hawaii's Leading Strategy For A Local Food System
North-Kohala-50percent2013-2014 BALLE Fellow Andrea Dean shares her strategic plan highlighting how her community of North Kohala, Hawaii will be able to produce 50% of the food it consumes, resulting in greater protection of agricultural land and food self-sufficiency. Does this resonate in your community? 
 

Money Does Not Spend The Same: Local vs. National
Kimber Lanning - Board FellowIn an address to the Peoria Economic Development Advisory Board, Phoenix-based 2011-2012 BALLE Fellow Kimber Lanning stated “money does not spend the same,” as she described the difference between shopping local and shopping national chains, and the impact it has in the community. Read the full story. 


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Vote for us! BALLE is a finalist in the Sungevity Gives Back contest and is in the running to win $20,000. Take a minute to show your support by voting, or (even better), sign up for a solar power quote or as a referral partner with Sungevity and BALLE gets 10 votes. It only takes 10 seconds! 


Seeking A Rockstar Community Metrics InternBALLE_Logo_CLR 3
BALLE is seeking a talented and passionate intern to work with our metrics team starting in January, 2014. This intern would support the team by doing research and analysis on indicators of sustainable communities and strong local economies. Read the full description and how to apply here
 


PARTNER EVENTS & RESOURCES
World Crowdfunding Telesummit
December 3-16, 2013

Check out this free virtual crowdfunding telesummit starting where over 70 speakers will present developments on the JOBS Act and the latest in the crowdfunding space.  Familiar faces include BALLE Founding Board Member Michael Shuman, David Levine of ASBC, Locavesting author Amy Cortese, and Slow Money's Woody Tasch. 

Socially Responsible Retirement Plans from Social (K)Social K small
For BALLE members, Social (K) is offering to waive conversion and setup fees, up to $1,250, for their socially responsible retirement and employee profit sharing plans though December 2013. Email for more information.

SAVE THE DATES
2014 BALLE Conference  | June 11-13 | Oakland, CA
Next June, our annual gathering of innovators doing cutting-edge local economy work across North America heads to the vibrant city of Oakland, CA.  From international thought leaders and on-the-ground social entrepreneurs, to policymakers, network builders, local economy funders, philanthropists and everyone in between, Localists gather to connect with other pioneers building the new economy.  Save the dates!
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12th Annual BALLE Conference
June 11-13, Oakland, CA


WHAT'S NEXT 

Webinars
Shift Your Shopping 2014: Supporting Independent Businesses This Holiday Season

Tuesday, October 29 | 10am PDT/1pm EST Shift Your Shopping
Led by our partners at AMIBA,this webinar covers everything you need to know about how to run a successful "Shift Your Shopping" holiday Buy Local campaign; from resources to success stories, templates to tips, learn how to highlight local innovation and promote independent businesses in your community this holiday season.
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Tuesday, November 12 | 10am PDT/1pm EST
Join us for an informational session highlighting how YOU can become part of the next BALLE Fellowship. Topics covered include criteria for applicants, application process, stories of community impact from Alumni and interactive Q&A.
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WELCOME NEW BALLE MEMBERS!  BALLE Nametag

Champions
     Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce,
     Bainbridge Island, WA

Business Members
     Equal Dollars, Philadelphia, PA


Localists
     Denis Hayes, Seattle, WA
     Euneika Rogers-Sipp, Stone Mountain, GA
     Courtney Lewis, Chillicothe, Ohio
     Barrie Sandman, Cleveland, OH



WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COMMUNITIES

10 Policy Ideas for City Governments to Boost ProsperityChosunSharingEconomy
Fostering the growth of the sharing economy is the single most important thing that city governments can do to boost prosperity and resilience, and this article shares 10 policy ideas for your city to consider.

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This  “Buy Local” infographic illustrates the benefits of buying local, increased revenues and other data points from businesses with buy local campaigns, and organizations that support the movement. Share now!

ILSR Report Shares Eight Energy Policieslimits-of-local-authority-map-v2
This report from ILSR details eight practical energy policies cities can and have used to keep energy dollars local and boost the economy.

Yes! Magazine Launches Commonomics
Yes! Magazine has just launched Yes MagazineCommonomics, a new local economy series that talks to leading community connectors about what makes for a strong local economy. Read their inaugural article.

$1.25 million Shift to Local Banks in the City of Santa RosaSonoma County Go Local
Go Local Sonoma County announced that as part of the Bank Local initiative, a four-year effort to shift more deposits and loans to locally owned financial institutions, the City of Santa Rosa moved $1.25 million in deposits to five local banks and credit unions.

 


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BALLE

BALLE FellowsThe 2014-2015 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is accepting applications NOW
Learn more about North America’s only fellowship dedicated solely to advancing the local economy movement by visiting our website, hearing from our current Fellows and Alumni, and by attending our informational session. APPLY to become part of our next cohort today!

A Tar Heel Approach to Economic Development
Western North Carolina’s innovative, four-step approach to e
D%27Artagnan%20013conomic development inspired this recent US News and World Report article, as did the work of Asheville, NC-based BALLE Fellow, Matt Raker, who’s innovative work supports independent businesses throughout the region.

Second Annual Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy
Washington, D.C. | October 22-24
Join BALLE and our partners, the American Sustainable Business Council, in ASBC logoWashington, D.C. for a dynamic Policy Summit at the White House. Interact with senior administration and Congressional officials to make the case for a sustainable economy and discuss strategies that create jobs needed to rebuild America. Register today!

BALLE Members Gather for Climate Change Press ConferenceKatTaylor
In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Oakland-based BALLE member, Sustainable Business Alliance, and ASBC held a joint press conference featuring David Brodwin of ASBC, Kat Taylor of OnePacific Coast, Mike Hannigan of Give Something Back, BALLE co-founder Judy Wicks, and other business leaders.


Go Solar and Support BALLE!sungevity
Sungevity is offering BALLE members a $1,000 credit towards a home solar system AND in doing so, donating $1,000 to BALLE in October. Available in AZ, CA, CO, CT, D.C., DE, MA, MD, NJ, or NY. Sign up and shine on! Learn more.
 


PARTNER EVENTS & RESOURCES


New Economy Week | October 12-18
New Economy Week is an opportunity to shine a New-Economy-posterlight on the work, events and activities being done around North America to build a new kind of economy that prioritizes people, place, and planet. Want to know about activities happening in your area or add your own event? Check out this online calendar.

Discover Your Yipee! Retreat November 1 & 2 | Nashville, TN Yipee
Small business leaders need tools and resources to stay inspired. Join SVI Hollyhock alum and re-invention strategist, Elizabeth Crook, for a two-day retreat on getting back to living “on purpose.” Register today!

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BALLE Buzz: Your Source For All Things Local

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BALLE BUZZ


September 2013 

LOCAL MONEY MATTERS

This BALLE Buzz is chock full of the stories of the work being done to drive investment towards local economy solutions. From the blog by NYT reporter and long time BALLE supporter, Amy Cortese on Local Investment, to the Durham, NC-based Self-Help Credit Union's Go Local CD that has generated more than $800,000 in funds to support local business, to our upcoming webinar on pop-up retail.  Local investment matters, and Localists across the country are innovating ways to invest in their communities.

WHAT'S NEXT 

Local First Webinar
Tuesday, September 24th | 10am PDT/1pm EST | $25open_sign 4
Using Pop-Up Retail to Launch Local Businesses


Pop-up retail spaces lower the barrier to entry for local entrepreneurs while filling vacant or underused storefronts. In our upcoming webinar with our partners at the Center for A New American Dreampopuphood co-founder Sarah Filley will cover how one successful pop–up venture, popuphood, has helped jumpstart local businesses and revitalize her Oakland, CA neighborhood. Learn more about popuphood from this video, and download the free Guide to Going Local today.
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Monday, October 7th, Oakland, CA | 6pm - 8pm PST
Judy Wicks, co-founder of BALLE, entrepreneur, local economy pioneer, and author will be coming to Oakland, CA for a reading and book signing to celebrate her newly-released memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business.  Join BALLE and our friends at SVN, RSF and SBA for this exciting event.  Space is limited, RSVP today.  
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Share Exchange
Sonoma County, CA-based Share Exchange, who's purpose is to support economic localization by showcasing products made in the region and incubating the next wave of locally made products, opened their doors in December 2010 and has been going strong ever since.

They're a composite organization integrating non-profit, cooperative and flexible purpose corporation business models.  Share Exchange features a cowork space, business incubator, Made Local Marketplace featuring over 350 local makers/producers, and a non-profit, the Local Economy Institute. 

Share Exchange was recently featured in Shareable where they were recognized for the many ways they're supporting the local economy.  They were also recently highlighted for the launch of their new North Bay Made branding initiative for producers of craft goods and foods in San Francisco's Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake counties.  Keep up the great work guys!
 


WELCOME NEW BALLE MEMBERS!


Champion
     Impact Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD  BALLE Nametag

Business Members
    
Community Sourced Capital, Seattle, WA

Leader
     Amy Belanger, Berkeley, CA

Localists
     Emily Wood, White River Junction, VT
     Nathan Albritton, Kailua, HI
     Neil Drobny, Columbus, OH
     Lisa Handalian, San Bruno, CA
     Jenny Rieke, Pasco, WA
     Christine Rico, Brooklyn, NY
     Emmanuel Lavoie, Vancouver, BC
     Ryan McEvoy, Marina del Rey, CA

Join Us!
If you are inspired by our work, please Join Us! By becoming a BALLE member, you will be joining the fast-growing community of more than 30,000 Localists: entrepreneurs who are re–thinking their industries, funders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who are mobilizing on a broad scale. Be a Localist today!

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COMMUNITIES

Self-Help Credit Union Launches Go Local CDlove-asheville-go-local-4x5 2
Asheville Grown Business Alliance has joined forces with BALLE Member Self-Help Credit Union to launch the Go Local CD.  Since April 2013, the CD, inspired by founding BALLE board member Michael Shuman, has raised $800,000 in funds and has allowed individuals to invest directly in Asheville's small business community.

Intersection of Food, Health and Race by Nikki HendersonHenderson Nikki
Oakland, CA based Nikki Henderson, Executive Director of People's Grocery and BALLE Fellow, speaks about the intersection of food, health and race in this profoundly eye-opening and personal speech about what drives her to work towards a healthier and more just West Oakland.

Business In Vancouver Interviews Toby Barazzuol tobybarazzoul
Vancouver, B.C. based Toby Barazzuol, founder of the Awesome Awards and BALLE Fellow, lives his message of sustainability everyday. Read about his recent interview with Business in Vancouver and his blog about giving an Awesome Award to President Obama's aide at the White House.




WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BALLE

Featured Fellow Malik Yakini: His Path To Food JusticeMalikYakini
In a recent interview, Detroit-based BALLE Fellow Malik Yakini shares why incorporating the voices of African Americans is critical for fostering equity in the food justice movement, and why he is committed to moving from a profit-centered economy to a people-centered one. 


Guide to Going Local: Videos Now AvailableGuide to Going Local Crop
In addition to the Guide to Going Local available for download here, our partners at the Center for A New American Dream have produced these locally-inspired videos that feature exciting work from many BALLE Fellows and Members.



BALLE is Hiring! BALLE_Logo_CLR 2
Help us build the next decade of BALLE and join a smart, committed and passionate group of people who are working to create thriving local economies. We are currently hiring for a Director of Finance and Administration and Development Associate to join our Oakland-based team. If you know great candidates please send them our way!


PARTNER EVENTS & RESOURCES

The White House Has Gone Solar, And You Can Too!September banner 2
$750 off Your Home Solar System with Sungevity
Sungevity is giving BALLE members a $750 credit towards solar AND donating $1000 to BALLE in September.  Available in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ or NY.  Learn more.  


Procurement in Action: Four-Part Webinar Series
September 26 | October 3 | October 10 | October 17Green For all
Green for All is hosting a free, four-part webinar series on government contracting for small business.  Learn the fundamentals of the procurement process, especially for women and minority owned businesses.

Local Capital Summit 2013MHBA_Logo_color
Denver, CO | October 4
BALLE Fellow Mickki Langston's Mile High Business Alliance is coordinating a one-day Local Capital Summit featuring a keynote speech from BALLE conference speaker and customer-service extraordinaire, Paul Saginaw of Ann Arbor-based Zingermans.

US Tour with Rob Hopkins, Berkeley, CA | October 10TransitionUS
Resilient Communities Convergence, Hopland, CA | October 11-14
Rob Hopkins, founder of the International Transition Towns Movement, will speak prior to the BALLE co-sponsored Building Resilient Communities Convergence, a gathering for local living economy pioneers who are passionate about moving towards greater community resiliency. 

Save $200 at the Social Venture Network Fall Conference
Baltimore, MD | October 17-20F'13 Hero 150x150 2
Early Bird registration for SVN's Fall Conference ends tomorrow, Sept. 20th! Join BALLE and SVN for a unique conference experience, where you'll connect with the people, ideas and resources that you'll need to succeed and grow. BALLE supporters save $200 when they use the Partner-200 discount code.

Second Annual Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy
Washington, D.C. | October 22-24
Join our partners, the American Sustainable Business Council, in ASBC logoWashington, D.C. for a dynamic Policy Summit at the White House. Interact with senior administration and Congressional officials to make the case for a sustainable economy, and discuss strategies that create jobs needed to rebuild America. Register today!
 

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Detroit Black Community Food Security Network awarded $750,000 grant

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The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) recently received a three-year $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.

DBCFSN will use the grant to support programs such as D-Town Farm, Summer Urban Ag Internship Program, Annual Harvest Festival, Food Warriors Youth Development Program, “What’s for Dinner?” Lecture Series, the Ujamaa Food Buying Club and to create a retail co-op food store.

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How I Did It - Toby Barazzuol

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Business Vancouver
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Toby Barazzuol

Q: How do you keep your company sustainable?

“I put in about 20% of my time a week toward community-related activities. I do that by volunteering with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association. I am currently the chair there, but I have been involved for over eight years.”

"We do a lot of eco-friendly awards, made from reclaimed wood from trees fallen in Vancouver. Also, our building is lit mainly with natural light, which means we turn the lights on for only six months of the year."

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BALLE Buzz: Your Source For All Things Local

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BALLE BUZZ


August 2013 

Brahm_Ahmadi_sbiz-popup 4NEW YORK TIMES DOES DPO's

Inspired by connections and insights from the 2013 BALLE Conference, Locavesting author Amy Cortese's recent New York Times article delves into Direct Public Offerings (DPO's) as an innovative way to raise capital from the public. The article features several BALLE members doing innovative Community Capital work.
 



WHAT'S NEXT - COMMUNITY CAPITAL WEBINAR

Tuesday, August 27th | 11:00am – 12:15pm PST
The Scoop on Accessing Capital at RSF Social Finance

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Driving Investment is one of BALLE's core pillars of work. Join us for a special webinar with our partners at RSF Social Finance to learn more about innovative models. RSF will share their lending criteria and process, some recent success stories, and discuss the Local Initiatives Fund – a philanthropic fund that provides grants and loan guarantees to regional food hubs, food networks. See how this pertains to you!

* This is a Members Only event open to BALLE Champions, Leaders, Localists and business members of Champion Networks – RSVP here *



MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Dane Buy Local was recently awarded the Isthmus Indie Award from their local newspaper recognizing them for their Localism efforts in Dane County! Dane Buy Local is a coalition of local independent businesses, organizations, and citizens acting in Dane County, Wisconsin. 319094_10151471712068569_1559162976_n

How do they do it? Their January 2013 survey of members shows members contributed $468 million to the Dane County economy. Above and beyond creating jobs and infusing money into the local economy, the survey also estimates members contributed over $6 million to local non-profits and racked up over 400,000 hours of volunteer time. 

Way to go Dane Buy Local
 

Welcome New BALLE Members!
BALLE NametagTwin Villages Alliance • Norene Nungester  Thomas Bland  Alvin-o Williams • Roy Sirengo • Debbie Emge • Taylor Kalander • Suzanne Keers • Jennifer Robinson • Caitlin Jenness  Deborah Sam • LeeAnn Vallejos • Dick Lahn • Patrick Smalley • Jeffrey Alameida • Einar Eldoy  • James Miles  • Michael Kuntz • Cherie Garcelon  • Peter Strugatz  • Michael Strahl • Devita Davison  • Gail Wells • Jackie Minchew  • David Bruce Richmond  • Charles Sydnor •  Vince Siciliano • Robert Miller  • Jeanne Calhoun  • Carol Peppe Hewitt • Megumi Sugihara

Join Us!
If you are inspired by our work, please Join Us! By becoming a BALLE member, you will be joining the fast-growing community of more than 30,000 Localists: entrepreneurs who are re–thinking their industries, funders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who are mobilizing on a broad scale. Be a Localist today!

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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COMMUNITIES

Watch Ellen Shepard's Interview on NBC ChicagoEllenShepard
2012 BALLE Fellow and Executive Director of Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Ellen Shepard describes the focus of initiatives around local business in her Chicago neighborhood. She shares helpful tips around going local. Watch the 4-minute interview.


2012 BALLE Fellow to Launch Co-working Space in 2014Jamee Haley
Charleston, SC based Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First, is opening a co-working space in early 2014. This project is featured in a recent article in the Charleston Regional Business Journal.
 


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BALLE

Guide to Going Local: Now Available for FREE DownloadGoingLocal_cover_small
Produced in collaboration with our partners at the Center for A New American Dream, the Guide to Going Local is full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town.

Survey Reminder for BALLE Members - Deadline 8/23 
As BALLE grows with the changing times, we are actively working to stay responsive to the needs of the Localist community. Current members who respond by Friday August 23rd 11pm PST will be entered to win a Numi Organic Tea gift basket. If you are interested in learning more about how BALLE membership might serve your Localist work, please contact mikel@bealocalist.org.


BALLE is Hiring
Help us build the next decade of BALLE and join a smart, committed and passionate group of people who are working to create thriving local economies. We are currently hiring for a Fellowship Associate and Development Associate to join our Oakland-based team. If you know great candidates please send them our way!

PARTNER EVENTS & RESOURCES
Oakland-Based Locally-Inspired Mixer
Tuesday August 27th| 5:30-7:30 pm PST
 
For those Bay Area-based, join us for a conversation with Awaken CaféPeople's Community Market, HUB Oakland , Kiva Zip, and Cutting Edge Capital who have collectively raised over $1 million for their their community-based and community-benefiting enterprises through crowd funding, direct investments, and community loans. RSVP here.

CoCap (A SoCap Pre-Event) 
Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013
Explore the emerging world of Direct Public Offerings, local investing clubs and networks, crowdfunding, and other ways communities can unlock grassroots capital at this Oakland-based pre-event of SoCap. Register today!
 

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2013 BALLE Conference Recap

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RSF Social Finance
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Catherine Covington

It’s a beautiful morning here outside my sun-porch office at RSF and my spirits are high. I am reminded of the level my spirits reached during BALLE’s 11th annual conference in Buffalo, NY, last month. I came back so inspired by my fellow attendees, the projects they are working on, and the action they are taking in their communities.  RSF has been a long-time sponsor of BALLE’s annual conference. BALLE’s work, which is focused on creating real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions and driving investment toward local economies, is very much in line with our mission and the kind of collaboration we seek to support.

A theme that was continually referenced throughout the conference was a focus on shifting from an “egosystem to an ecosystem”, from a system focused on “me” to a system focused on “we”. Read more...