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 Financial 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 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

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    Beyond Video is a wonderful new video rental store in Baltimore that is having their Grand...

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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...

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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...

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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.