Basic Business Elements For Worker Owners


      What makes Cooperative businesses different form other traditional structures? Sharing knowledge and information! The strongest businesses are the ones where every worker has a solid understanding of your basic financial model. Making sound decisions as a business owner is hard if you don’t have all of the knowledge you need to inform those decisions.

Our Executive Director Kate, a founding worker-owner at Red Emma’s, will cover topics such as:

-best practices for open-book financial management for worker cooperatives

-ten key terms all workers should understand

-basics of budgeting and key elements of financial literacy

-strategies for how to make financial management accessible for workers at every level of ownership.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Co-op Happy Hour

Join Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy for our next Co-op Happy Hour hosted by CORE Staffing!  Like all the Happy Hour events, this will be a relaxed, informative, and free event where you can network with others who are just as interested in co-ops as you are.  Members of BRED and CORE Staffing will be on hand to answer any questions and share helpful information.

Please follow the link below to join us on the 25th of July.  We hope to see you there.

CORE Staffing is a cooperative staffing agency for returning citizens (previously incarcerated individuals) that uses temporary work, open occupational-focused education, and shared ownership to achieve the entrepreneurial, educational, and career goals of its members while delivering affordable talent to its clients.



Co-op Happy Hour – April 18, 2018

We have a new date!  Wednesday April 18th Baltimore Bicycle works is hosting a co-op happy hour and you should be there.  Are you curious about starting a cooperative business?  Interested in finding out what kind of resources and support for co-ops is being built in Baltimore City?  Just want to hang out and geek out about building democratic workplaces?  Then swing by this cooperative happy hour, organized by us, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy.

Where: Baltimore Bicycle Works

When: Rescheduled to April 18th, 2018

Time: 6pm

Please don’t hesitate to send any questions to



Co-operative Symposium this Saturday!


The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy is holding a panel on Social Challenges and Emerging Strategies for Worker-Owned Cooperatives.  This panel is part of NDCC’s Cooperative Baltimore Symposium and will run the morning of Saturday November 11th from 10:15-11. BRED will provide an overview of issues and trends in the emerging worker cooperative development field tackling questions such as: What are the ranges of different approaches? Why is scale so difficult to achieve? What challenges seem to arise again and again and what practices can address them?  You can find the registration link below.

Kate Khatib is the national coordinator of The Working World Peer Network, a shared learning infrastructure supporting a cooperative of non-extractive, locally-rooted loan funds providing technical assistance and capital investments to worker- and community-controlled enterprises around the country. In 2016, she convened the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy to provide support and assistance for Maryland cooperatives. She is a worker-owner at Red Emma’s.

Ro McIntyre is the project officer for the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, providing hands-on technical assistance and business development support to emerging and established worker cooperatives throughout the city. They are a worker-owner at The Greenmount Coffee Lab and at Red Emma’s.

John Duda is the Communications Director for The Democracy Collaborative, a national think-tank and policy organization focused on strategies and structures to support the development of economic alternatives. He currently serves on the advisory  board for BRED and is a founding worker-owner of Red Emma’s