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

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...

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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...

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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.