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
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
Does your cooperative business fit into the category of cooperative corporation, benefit corporation, LLC, or partnership? Do you need help figuring out what laws and regulations can affect your business formalization process? Well, we have a great...read more
Our very own BRED member, Bernardo Vigil, will be giving a talk called Democracy in the Workplace: Bernardo Vigil Presents a Case Study On Barcelona Worker Co-ops. This event will take place at Red Emma's on January 17th, 2019. Bernardo will be talking...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.