Here you’ll meet local economy leaders and entrepreneurs across North America who are constantly challenging the status quo and innovating new ways of tackling age-old problems. No traditional financing to start a business? These entrepreneurs dreamed up crowdfunding, cash mobs and moved their money from Wall Street to Main Street to re-ignite local financing. Global commodities markets spiraling out of control and impacting your bottom line? These pioneers bucked the system and built their own mill, power plant or heck, even an entire town. Impractical or too expensive to choose renewable energy or local food? These businesses worked together to bring down costs and re-build distributions systems that had been lost.
Movements gain momentum and scale when their leaders share ideas and learning, coordinate action, and work together to advance a larger agenda. There are new trends emerging daily, and the opportunity to collaborate has never been bigger. Through local business networks, events, social media, Affinity Groups, and the premier BALLE Local Economy Fellowship program – we come together so our ideas are better, our voice is stronger and our impact is transformational.