Success Stories

  1. Types
    1. Business
    2. Community
    3. Individual
  2. Themes
    1. Accelerate Collaboration
    2. Act Local First
    3. Co-Create Policy
    4. Cultivate Connection
    5. Prioritize Equity
    6. Regenerate Soil & Nature
    7. Share Ownership
    8. Shift Capital
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Each of these stories demonstrate one or more of the 8 strategies of our Local Economy Framework in action. Learn how localists are creating positive change — personally, in their businesses, and in their communities.

  1. Cincinnati’s MORTAR Turns Peer Network Support into $600k Raise

    Derrick Braziel used his first BALLE Fellowship immersion to seek wisdom, advice, and encouragement from peers and elders leading into a big meeting with the City of Cincinnati. He and the MORTAR team went home with funding for their incubator – and a new co-working space.

  2. Charleston Co-working Space Creates Community… and Profits

    Local Works, a co-working space in Charleston run by Lowcountry Local First and BALLE Fellow Jamey Haley, has helped 42 entrepreneurs grow their local businesses and generate $16 million in revenue before reaching year two of the space, creating a strong community of entrepreneurs in the process.