Vend is going to BALLE’s 2014 Conference, June 11-13


Vend and BALLE, the Alliance for Local Living Economies

The best part of working at Vend is being in contact with so many diverse, talented and passionate business owners from across the globe. Every day we meet new people with incredible vision and insanely original ideas and we just LOVE that we get be a part of their story.

Enabling people with big dreams to succeed is our passion at Vend. But we know that success for an independent entrepreneur requires more than great business tools. It requires a strong local economy, a community of like-minded friends, and sustainable business practices.

In this our goals align perfectly with BALLE’s. We love being a part of their community of leaders and game-changers – and we’re doubly excited to be attending BALLE ‘s annual conference again this year, in Oakland, California.

BALLE Conference

When: June 11-13

Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612 (map)

Register here!

Party time!

We’re a BALLE party sponsor this year – which means we get to help throw a party for all of BALLE’s amazing conference goers. We’ll be bringing in some fun, interactive pop-ups for the evening – and enjoying some live roller derby demos and other live entertainment. Will be pretty great fun!

When: Thursday, June 12 at Sa

Where: American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607 (map)

You must be registered for BALLE 14 to attend the party.

Our Goals

We’re attending the conference to educate ourselves at a grassroots level. We have a good understanding of what our retailers need from us. But we’d like to gain a clearer understanding of how we can help communities in general. We’d like to learn about how independent businesses are leveraging technology, and what solutions they may have overlooked. We think we’re in an ideal position to share what we learn on a global scale.

If you’re interested in having a conversation about the conference – or even at the event – please email


About Tara Benedict

A former retailer (and unabashed nerd) who daydreamed about integrated POS software, Tara now delightedly recruits, promotes, and enables Vend's wonderful channel of add-ons and partners. An ardent sharer of Vend news and events, connect with Tara on Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ and never miss an opportunity to meet up with the affable Vend team.