Projects funded

Red Emma’s Bookstore, Restaurant & Coffee House

Red Emma's Bookstore, Restaurant & Coffee House Red Emma's is the largest worker-owned and operated cooperative in the state of Maryland, with 11 worker-owners and several employees on the pathway towards ownership. The key components of the business are a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, a left-leaning bookstore, a full restaurant, community events venue that hosts author talks, spoken word, and other non-music ...
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Thread Coffee Roasters

Thread Coffee Roasters Thread is a Baltimore based, collectively-owned and operated small-batch coffee roaster committed to a transparent model of trade that promotes dignity, sustainability, and solidarity through the supply chain.  All members of Thread Coffee are women or gender non-conforming individuals. They recently expanded with financing from BRED. Thread received a $37,000 to buy a larger coffee roaster and ...
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Baltimore Bicycle Works

Baltimore Bicycle Works is a full service bicycle shop founded in December of 2008. BBW sells new and used bicycles, parts, tools, safety equipment and accessories & offers customers a full range of expertly performed repairs and professional bike fitting services. BBW is one of the largest and most established worker co-ops in Baltimore, and they are Baltimore's only worker ...
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The Greener Kitchen

The Greener Kitchen (formerly known as PEP Foods) was launched on September 29, 2018. This is a collective of vegan businesses in the Baltimore, MD area that has developed a line of delicious, healthy foods that offer an affordable alternative to animal products. In 2017 PEP received a $50,000 expansion loan to fund the build out of the very first ...
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Core Staffing – Creating a Sustainable Future For Our Friends and Neighbors

Core Staffing is a cooperative staffing agency based in Baltimore for returning citizens (previously incarcerated individuals).  They use temporary work, open occupational-focused education, and shared ownership to achieve the entrepreneurial, educational, and career goals of its members while delivering affordable talent to its clients. They received a $50,000 line of credit from BRED that will provide the working capital required to ...
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Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brothers is a social enterprise in Baltimore City creating jobs and opportunities to empower Black youth and use the ice cream they manufacture to advance a pedagogy of liberation.  BRED is helping them take their business and mission to the next level by helping them transition to a worker-owned cooperative business, but in the mean time, we made our ...
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