SBA participates in the annual BALLE conferences and encourages our members to attend to leverage the experience of other BALLE networks.
A cornerstone of BALLE is the mantra “Think Local First” and networks throughout the US have run successful Think Local First campaigns.
In such communities, independent and locally owned businesses and the association they form become key economic development players. They teach the members of their community that:
They can keep their local economy strong, creative, and lively, is by patronizing the independent businesses within that community.
A dollar spent in a national chain store leaves the community within fractions of a second of its being spent, a dollar spent in an independent business will most likely be spent and re-spent several times within the community before it eventually leaves.
Community Capital Working Group
The Community Capital Working Group is for entrepreneurs, community residents, and anyone else that is interested in keeping wealth local in the San Francisco East Bay Area. The CCWG is sponsored by Sustainable Business Alliance and Sustainable Economies Law Center.
We read about, research, and discuss ways that regular people can invest in their communities. We generally meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm. If you want to join the Community Capital Working Group, please firstname.lastname@example.org