Buffalo First is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster a strong, self-determined local economy in Western New York through consumer education, advocacy and programs that further the impact of local and sustainable business in the region.
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Buffalo hosted the 11th annual Business Alliance for Local Living Economies or the BALLE business conference this year. The event brought together over 600 self-described “localists” from around the continent who all share the idea that local businesses are key to solving community problems. Director of the Sustainable Business Alliance in Oakland, California Erin Kilmer-Neel, spoke at the conference. Read the full article
WIVB - Channel 4
How often do you shop in stores that have their roots firmly planted in Western New York? The grassroots group "Buffalo First" wants you to think outside the big box and support local businesses. It's hosting this year's Balle Conference, which has brought community and economic development leaders from across the country to the Queen City. Read the full article
Events surrounding the BALLE Conference begin in Buffalo on Tuesday, and over 500 national and internationals leaders from the localist movement will be in town for the three-day event that officially kicks off on Wednesday. Conference venues will be interspersed between Buffalo State College, Silo City, Hoyt Lake, Elmwood Village, Larkinville and other notable locations around the city. Read the full article
Wall Street Journal
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A group that promotes local-based economies for cities will convene in Buffalo this week. The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies brings together economists, small business owners, investors and others who advocate for community-driven economic development. Read the full article