Democracy in the Workplace talk and Co-op Happy Hour

Democracy in the Workplace talk and Co-op Happy Hour

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 about his research into workplace democracy in Barcelona, Spain. Bernardo spent time in Barcelona researching how worker co-ops  use different strategies to build meaningful pathways toward self-management, participation, and cooperative leadership development.

This event will be hosted by Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy starting at 7pm along with a co-0p happy hour. Attending the co-op happy hour is a great opportunity to have a drink, get to know the team, ask questions about BRED’s loan process, or just chat about ideas and steps to becoming a co-op, all over a drink.

Follow the link below for more information and to let us know you’re coming!

Grand Openings!!!

Grand Openings!!!

There are some amazing things happening in the world of Baltimore Co-ops this week. Please join these great collectives and help to celebrate these new beginnings


Image result for beyond video Beyond Video is a wonderful new video rental store in Baltimore that is having their Grand Opening Friday December 14, 2018. Beyond video is a collective that is striving to create a wide-ranging collection of cinema. They are dedicated to securing, preserving, and providing public access to this video collection with the goal of opening a worker-owned rental store that operates on a membership basis.


Baltimore Bicycle Works is having their Grand Opening of their second location on Saturday December 15th, 2018.  The success of the past 10 years on Falls Rd has enabled them to open a second cooperatively owned and democratically operated shop in Belvedere Square. It just so happens that it is their 10th anniversary as well, so there is lots to celebrate!

Worker Cooperative Jumpstart


In collaboration with Impact Silver Spring, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy will be bringing you a Worker Co-op Jumpstart in Montgomery County!  Not only is this event going to be super informative, but it’s free!   Please join us Saturday November 10th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for a day of learning about the best practices for a new or an already existing cooperative. We are so excited to offer this Jumpstart to anyone who is interested in building and maintaining a cooperative business. Hope to see you all there.

Please follow the link below to RSVP. See you soon!



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.