Incubated Social Venture Network
Spun out Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Start Date 2003-00-00
Notes 2001. BALLE was founded in 2001 by Judy Wicks, a Philadelphia restaurateur, and a local business owner in Boston, Laury Hammel. Judy had built a strong, local business, the White Dog Cafe, and then created a business network, the Sustainable Business Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, based on a vision that led to the formation of the Localist values. Together, they and others recognized the need for a new organization, network, movement, and vision to grow equitable local economies. BALLE focused its early work on helping to move local economies onto the national agenda and to catalyze local business networks by resourcing and supporting them. Laury and Judy were founding co-chairs of BALLE, with Michael Shuman and David Korten on the founding board of directors. Michelle Long and Derek Long were BALLE’s first staff, and Don Shaffer, was BALLE’s second executive director. BALLE eventually spun off from Social Venture Network to become its own nonprofit organization.
Updated about 5 years ago

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