"Compelling narratives about real businesses — just what the local economy movement needs. Thanks, Sheepless." —Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher at New Rules Project, author Big-Box Swindle

Sheepless is a national web magazine designed to galvanize the radical small business movement, engaging with growing interests in cultivating local economies, understanding where goods come from, and nourishing our natural environment. We highlight businesses that support their communities and push forward creatively sustainable, responsible services and products in unique and innovative ways, believing that thoughtful story-telling and connection-making can help business owners learn from each other, engage in meaningful collaborations, and fulfill their individual – and collective – missions. Founded by Scott Ballum in 2009.

Video edited by Brian Hedden, shot by Bryan Sykora, produced by Scott Ballum. Music is 'Bizness' by tUnE-yArDs.


News + Press

January 28, 2011

Big thanks to our small media colleagues at UrbanistGuide, DailyBrink, and Riviera San Diego for spending some time with Scott. Check out these recent interviews, and of course, spend some time looking through these very different, but equally fabulous, publications! "3 Meals & a Bar" in UrbanistGuide, Jan 2011; "Black Sheep" in DailyBrink, Jan 2011; and "The Little Guy" in Riviera, Oct 2010.

October 14, 2010
Sheepless has been awarded two Silver distinctions from the 2010 W3 Awards. The first commended our contributors and editorial team for Copy/Writing. The second recognized our entrepreneur video series in the Documentary/Public Service Online Video category. "The W3 Award honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs".
June 11, 2010
Our story on Cafe Moto ran on Huffington Post's Small Business News and Green News sections front pages today. We're thrilled to give further exposure to Torrey Lee and his team.
April 29, 2010
Sheepless invites all of our readers and friends to a reception honoring the local businesses we've profiled over the last year. Meet the editorial and creative team behind Sheepless.org, celebrate our innovative local businesses and entrepreneurs, catch the premier of our latest short video profiles, and enjoy a drink with like-minded folks in your community! Hosted by our new partners, Green Spaces in Tribeca.
April 12, 2010
Arizona State University and the Entrepreneurs@ASU student organization joined forces on April 16th in celebration of World Entrepreneurship Day. Sheepless.org founder Scott Ballum was invited to judge the Innovator Challenge student grant competition, host a workshop "Competition vs. Collaboration for Small Business", and participate in the evening's panel to discuss the role of entrepreneurship for the millennial generation.
January 21, 2010
Sheepless.org made a pitch for a grant from Ashoka Changemakers and We Media. We were blown away by the supportive and encouraging comments left by friends and total strangers.
December 16, 2009
Scott Ballum's article 'Don't Start a Social Enterprise -- Unless You Have To' is published on Huffington Post's Small Business lead page.
October 13, 2009
Sheepless' design for socially engaged businesses is included in “The Wilde Years: Four Decades of Shaping Visual Culture,” an exhibition organized in recognition of SVA Advertising and Graphic Design Department Chair Richard Wilde’s 40th anniversary at the College, featuring iconic and culturally significant works by select alumni from all four decades of Wilde’s tenure.
August 7, 2009
Sheepless Co. is honored by All Day Buffet in their list NEWYork100: highlighting 100 of the most innovative, rule- breaking, model-changing ideas to come out of the Big Apple.
June 8, 2009
Scott is the featured interview in the Art Directors Club Newsletter.
April 15, 2009

Sheepless Co. opens for business amongst green entrepreneurs at Green Spaces in downtown Brooklyn.

February 12, 2009
"SVA:Scott" is a new commercial promoting Graphic Design at SVA by film maker Hillman Curtis.
February 11, 2009
My 'manifesto', a recent essay titled 'Self, and Importance', has been published by invitation on ChangeThis.
January 13, 2009
An interview with Scott Ballum, and his friends, about how The Consume®econnection Project is effecting their lives, is featured on NPR's All Things Considered.