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 Financial 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
On the 28th we are partnering with Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffee House to bring you Game Night in addition to their weekly Tuesday Build Your Own Burger Night. So come on out to eat some delicious Beyond Meat burgers that you can customize however you'd like and...read more
This Wednesday, May 15th, Kate Khatib will be moderating an event called "Structures of Resilience". This is the first event in a three part breakfast series on Building Community Wealth that Impact Hub Baltimore and SOCAP 365 are partnering together to host. The...read more
City of Baltimore commits funding to help BRED accelerate business conversions to worker cooperatives
The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is thrilled to announce that Baltimore has joined other leading cities in committing public support for worker cooperative development. With the award of a $47,000 Community Catalyst Grant, the City of Baltimore...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.