The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy
We help worker coops in the greater Baltimore area get the capital they need to start and grow. Our nonextractive lending process helps prioritizes inclusion and equity, rather than locking communities out of the funding they need to start owning their economy. By combining the financing we offer with technical assistance and cooperative mentoring, we can support worker-owned businesses and give them a chance to thrive. And by joining with other community loan funds around the country as a member of the Seed Commons community wealth cooperative catalyzed by The Working World, we can unlock bigger investments and more knowledge for Baltimore cooperatives.
Projects we've helped
Non-extractive finance for a cooperative economy
Our lending is based on the principle that a truly equitable economy needs to be nonextractive. We give workers and communities the ability to control their own economic destiny through cooperative enterprise, using a financing methodology that prioritizes project success instead of siphoning off profits.
News and updates
Help us make sure that the worker-owners on the front lines of building a democratic economy have the resources they need to weather this storm. The workers of the Seed Commons cooperative network need your help building a mutual aid fund to endure the COVID-19...read more
As the COVID-19 global pandemic unfolds we wanted to . provide a small set of resources applicable to worker-coops across Baltimore City. This list has been adapted from the Good Business Works original posting, and will continue to be updated as things unfold.read more
You worked hard to build your business! Now you are ready for your next big move. Selling to your employees can bring added security with a friendly buyer letting you take some chips off the table while still being at the helm.read more
Making an investment in community wealth
Backed by the infrastructure of a national fund, and supported by a learning network of lending peers, we are able to provide a platform that connects investments to local cooperative development.