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

Seed Commons Worker Response Fund

Help us make sure that the worker-owners on the front lines of building a democratic economy have the resources they need to weather this storm. The workers of the Seed Commons cooperative network need your help building a mutual aid fund  to endure the COVID-19...

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Resources for Worker Co-ops in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 global pandemic unfolds we wanted to . provide a small set of resources applicable to worker-coops across Baltimore City. This list has been adapted from the Good Business Works original posting, and will continue to be updated as things unfold.

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Succession Planning Strategies

You worked hard to build your business! Now you are ready for your next big move. Selling to your employees can bring added security with a friendly buyer letting you take some chips off the table while still being at the helm.

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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.