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


The story of BRED and our larger peer network in Next City

From a great article by Oscar Perry Abello in Next City:

If the financial cooperative works out, worker cooperatives will be able to access all or most of the financing they need through the people that know them best — the other worker-owners in their city or community. Each locality will have one or more local loan funds controlled by, and primarily invested in, local worker cooperatives. Each local loan fund will grow over time out of local loan repayments, and they will also raise capital collectively as a group from large investors who are interested in investing larger amounts than any one local loan fund can handle.

The whole thing is being built on the fly.

The membership of the financial cooperative consists of local organizations committed to incubating and providing technical assistance to worker cooperatives, just as The Working World has done for its borrower cooperatives primarily in NYC. In Baltimore, Red Emma’s got together with a few other cooperatives in the city to create the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, or BRED. Other founding members (so far) include the Southern Reparations Loan Fund and the LA Co-Op Lab.

“BRED is basically a network table, it brings together worker-owners from the big cooperatives in Baltimore, one person from DAWN, which is the Democracy at Work Network, and then we have a couple solidarity economy lawyers who are involved, because obviously legal counsel is really useful at this particular moment in building cooperatives,” Khatib explains.

Read the story now

Coop Advice Night & Happy Hour

Wednesday July 13


Red Emma’s (30 W. North Avenue)

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 info night & happy hour, organized by BRED, and hosted by Red Emma’s at 30 W. North Ave.

BRED will have cooperative experts on hand from 6-9 to answer your questions, or to just chat about cooperatives—and this will be happening on a monthly basis, with special theme nights focusing on different aspects of cooperative business development.