Inclusive, Local Economic Development Resources

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) connects and supports a growing movement of local leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are building local economies that work for all.

Next Street

Next Street provides advice and capital solutions to grow businesses, create jobs, and deliver financial and social returns to its partners. They work with institutions around procurement, workforce, real estate and infrastructure to catalyze growth in jobs and opportunities for local businesses and residents.

U3 Advisors

U3 Advisors is a national consulting practice that provides real estate and economic development solutions to the institutions that anchor our communities.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) – ILSR provides innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. It champions local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.


Interise licenses its Streetwise ‘MBA’™ to partners who deliver it through their own locally branded programs. Delivered by its partners, its capacity-building Streetwise ‘MBA’™ provides small business owners with the knowledge, know-how, and networks they need to achieve scale.

Diversity Inc

Diversity Inc is a leading source of business information on diversity and inclusion management practices and policies.

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