Providing tools and support to community members to create local initiatives that build local capacity and leadership, increase environmental sustainability, and foster greater livability and vitality.

Organizations and Websites

  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). A non-profit organization helping communities launch and successfully operate an independent business alliance, create “buy independent, buy local” campaigns, forward pro-local policies, and take other initiatives to support local entrepreneurs and vibrant local economies.

  • Association for Enterprise Opportunity. A national association of community-based organizations that provides entrepreneurial education, access to capital, and support to low-income entrepreneurs.

  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). A nationwide organization that equips entrepreneurs with tools and strategies for local success, and provides the national forum for the most visionary local economy leaders and funders to connect, build their capacity, and innovate.

  • Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR). Does outstanding research and advocacy work to promote local ownership and community empowerment. Their site lists dozens of examples of local and state policies.

  • National Main Street Center. The nation’s clearinghouse for information, technical assistance, research and advocacy on preservation-based commercial district revitalization.

  • New England Local Business Forum. An informal network of Independent Business Alliances and similarly-modeled groups in New England. A wonderful regional collaboration of place-based business networks of the sort BALLE and AMIBA support.

  • Post Carbon Institute. Assists societies in their efforts to relocalize communities and adapt to an energy-constrained world.

  • The Democracy Collaborative. Provides a huge online resource library for building community wealth. We suggest starting here.