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.
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 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
Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy is looking to hire someone for the position of Project Officer who will be responsible for executing approved technical assistance plans, reporting regularly on the status of your assigned projects to the Staff Collective,...read more
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
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.