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If you would have told me three weeks ago that I would soon find myself in Buffalo, New York, I would have smiled politely and given you a look that not-so-subtly said, “Are you crazy?” However, to Buffalo I went along with my co-worker Carmen, two unsuspecting attendees for the 2013 BALLE Conference. Neither of us knew what BALLE was before then. Now we are aware that it is an acronym for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and you should definitely check them out if you’re a small business owner, part of a community driven non-profit, or simply a resident who is enamoured of the place that you live in. Read the full article
Love was in the air at this year’s annual BALLE conference, which was held in Buffalo June 12-14 (and which Luminary Publishing was proud to co-sponsor). BALLE stands for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, a mouthful of a phrase that would probably have been jettisoned long ago were it not for the considerable name recognition its acronym has grown to command. With eighty local and regional networks, BALLE is a booming organization in support of a booming movement, localism, which is built around the notion that we’ll all be better off if we wean ourselves from the global economic teat and instead support local businesses, local agriculture, and other local institutions. Read the full article
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
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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