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

Local Company Benefits From Cooperative Conversions

WYPR published an article about Joe Squared. Written by Emily Sullivan, it explains how this business has stayed afloat amidst this pandemic. Joe Squared is just one of several Baltimore businesses converting to coops. Converting to a cooperative saves the business...

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Taharka Brothers In Next City Article

Taharka Brothers was the first business to receive a loan from BRED back in 2016. It is so wonderful to see them welcome the first round of worker owners. Converting a traditional business to a worker owned cooperative is so empowering. It benefits not only the...

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$1 Million for Obran Rising

After Obran Cooperative acquired Appalachian Field Services, AFS received a $1M investment from Seed Commons. Now their newest project, Obran Rising, has also received a $1M investment from Seed Commons. Obran Rising operates from the belief "that housing should be a...

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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.