The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy

We help worker co-ops in the greater Baltimore area get the capital they need to start and grow. Our non-extractive 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.  Also, 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.

Non-extractive finance for a cooperative economy

Our lending is based on the principle that a truly equitable economy needs to be non-extractive. 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

Watch Our August Webinars

This month we put together a series of free virtual webinars. Jim Johnson and Joseph Cureton helped viewers learn about cooperative basics and cooperative conversions. During Introduction to Cooperatives, they shared everything from the basics of getting started to...

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August Events

We are bringing you two events this month. 'Co-op 101' and 'A Brief Introduction to Cooperative Conversions and Employee Buyout'. Have you ever wondered what a cooperative is, or what it would be like to start your own cooperative? Co-op 101 is the perfect workshop...

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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.