The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy
We help worker coops in the greater Baltimore area get the capital they need to start and grow. Our nonextractive 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. And 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.
Projects we've helped
Non-extractive finance for a cooperative economy
Our lending is based on the principle that a truly equitable economy needs to be nonextractive. 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
On September 14th, Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) will be hosting our third annual Worker Cooperative Jumpstart! It will be a day long series of workshops focused on establishing and running worker cooperatives. We have something for everyone. So...read more
Are you interested in starting on the cooperative path, converting your existing business, curious about how they function, or you are already a cooperative member looking to expand your knowledge and share your experiences? Then our Spring Cooperative Jumpstart is...read more
On the 28th we are partnering with Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffee House to bring you Game Night in addition to their weekly Tuesday Build Your Own Burger Night. So come on out to eat some delicious Beyond Meat burgers that you can customize however you'd like and...read more
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.