Cambridge Local First is affiliated with several different local, national, and international organizations that share our mission.
Here are a few of the most important:
Business Alliance For Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Cambridge Local First is a member of the international nonprofit organization Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). BALLE brings together local business leaders to share ideas and learn how to effectively strengthen and preserve local economies.
Co-founded in 2001 by Cambridge resident and CLF Clerk Laury Hammel, BALLE has now grown to include over 60 local networks from all over North America. We encourage you to learn more about this exciting and growing international movement by Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN)
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and serves as the fiscal agent for Cambridge Local First. SBN engages business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. It was founded in 1988 and has been changing the way greater Boston does business ever since. The business strategies, solutions, and values that SBN advocates are even more meaningful in the context of the current economic crisis as we work together to build a new economy. We encourage you to participate in SBN’s programs! You can learn more by visiting the SBN website.
Sustainable Business Leadership Program (SBLP)
The Boston Sustainable Business Leader Program was created by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN) . The SBLP mission is to support local businesses in their efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally responsible. By providing ongoing technical assistance that is affordable, actionable and practical, the six-step SBLP program helps local and independent businesses to be as “green” as possible. To find out more about this great program, visit the SBLP website.