Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance

In 2010, the Center for Economic Self-Reliance was renamed the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance. The renamed center continues to partner on several projects with the Peery Foundation, a California-based foundation that funds and encourages social entrepreneurship. Todd Manwaring has been managing director since 2010.

Variant Names

Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance


Established: 2010

Location: Provo, Utah (2010- )


The Center supports students and faculty working in the area of social entrepreneurship. It provides students with opportunities for practical applications of their classroom education. The Center's flagship program, the newly named (as of March 2011) Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program, offers these opportunities through on-campus internships, annual competitions, and consultations with social entrepreneurs around the world.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Center is run by a managing director under the direction of the dean of the Marriott School of Management.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Marriott School of Management (2010- )

Earlier unit: Marriott School of Management. Center for Economic Self-Reliance (2010)


Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance homepage, April 8, 2011 (functions, administrative structure)

Mormon Times site, April 8, 2011: "BYU center named after Elder Melvin J. Ballard" (establish date, name change)

Brigham Young University General Catalog 2006-2007, via WWW, April 8, 2011 (Todd Manwaring)

BYU News site, April 8, 2011: "BYU social entrepreneurship program named for Peery Family" (date of Peery program naming)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2011-00065

Creator: CEL