Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE pronounced “bahl-ee”) is a left-wing advocacy and organizing group promoting collectivist and localist visions of business and production. BALLE supports three main programs, Local Economy Fellowship, Local Economy Foundation Circle, and Local Economy Investors Circle.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) was founded in 2001 by Laury Hammel, owner of a group of health clubs in Boston, and Judy Wicks, owner of the White Dog Café in Philadelphia. BALLE held its first annual national conference in 2003, bringing together players in the localism movement nationwide. 
Race and Diversity
After a strategic planning process, BALLE expanded outreach and programming directed toward ethnic minority business owners. BALLE started offering scholarships to its annual conference in 2010. An equity committee was started in 2015 following a concerted effort to diversify staff, fellows, and board members. 
Local Economy Fellowship
The BALLE Local Economy Fellowship program was created in 2011 to address discrimination against people in rural, indigenous, and minority communities attempting to start businesses or buy homes.  This immersive two-year program brings together leaders in their communities to give them tools and support to grow their local economies from within. 
Local Economy Foundation Circle
Formerly the Community Foundation Circle, the Local Economy Foundation Circle started in 2014 to bring together foundations in order to redirect investments into local economies. 
Local Economy Investors Circle
The Local Economy Investors circle is a meeting of individual, community, and national foundations to share ideas on scaling up the financing of local businesses and non-profit networks. 
Board of Directors
Current and former members of the BALLE’s board of directors include the following individuals:
José Corona is the director of equity & strategic partnerships in the City of Oakland Mayor’s Office.
Alfa Demmellash is the co-founder and CEO of Rising Tide Capital.
James Johnson-Piett is the principal and CEO of Urbane Development.
Kimber Lanning is the executive director of Local First Arizona.
Dawn McGee is the CEO of Good Works Ventures and the president of High Stakes Foundation.
Nikki Silvestri is the CEO of Silvestri Strategies.
Judy Wicks is the co-founder of BALLE.
Sandy Wiggins is the senior advisor of RSF Social Finance.
Susan Witt is the executive director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Harold Pettigrew is the executive director of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund.
Tomás Durán is the president of Concerned Capital.