August Events

We are bringing you two events this month. ‘Co-op 101’ and ‘A Brief Introduction to Cooperative Conversions and Employee Buyout’.

Have you ever wondered what a cooperative is, or what it would be like to start your own cooperative? Co-op 101 is the perfect workshop for you. Spend an hour learning about the in’s and out’s of worker-owned cooperative businesses. We will have a conversation about legal structures and capital, pro’s and con’s, and the differences between these flexible forms of doing business. You will leave wanting to put what you’ve learned to work!

Our Brief Introduction to Cooperative Conversions and Employee Buyout workshop is geared towards small business owners. In the time of COVID-19, small business owners might be pondering ways to preserve their business legacy as they approach retirement. You might be considering a career change, but want to leave your business to people who are competent and already invested in the welfare of the business.

Cooperative conversions – selling a business to its employees – are an increasingly compelling option to retain jobs and keep small businesses in their communities. We will lead you through the steps of this process, and answer questions about whether an employee buyout might be right for your business.

If either of these interest you, please register through this link https://linktr.ee/BREDbaltimore

Come Work With Us!!

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, and assisting with BRED events & educational programming. If you feel like this position is right for you and you want to be part of the team, please follow the link below for more information and to send us your resume.

The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is a coalition of Maryland-based worker cooperatives, advocates, and technical assistance providers committed to building a robust cooperative ecosystem. BRED supports democratically-controlled economic institutions with loans and technical assistance.

Job Description: Project Officer

Organization Description:

The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is a coalition of Maryland-based worker cooperatives, advocates, and technical assistance providers committed to building a robust cooperative ecosystem. BRED supports democratically-controlled economic institutions with loans and technical assistance.

Job Description:
Project Officers are responsible for executing approved technical assistance plans, regularly reporting on the status of your assigned projects to the Staff Collective, assist with BRED events & educational programming. Project Officers will:

  • Loan preparation & technical assistance for co-ops, which includes:
    • Preparing loan memos in our loan tracking software in collaboration with the Executive Director or Loan Coach to be presented to the Sustainability Committees for feedback and approval.
    • Executing approved technical assistant plans for projects assigned to you. 
    • Attend Project Officer weekly meetings and quarterly Staff Collective meetings.
    • Report regularly to the Staff Collective on the progress of your projects. 
    • Meet monthly with all projects that have received loans – in some cases, an email check-in may be sufficient for more advanced projects
    • Log progress of technical assistance plan in Madeline. Write monthly Madeline status logs on each project that is in their first year of their loan plan. Quarterly status updates for projects that are further along, and in active repayment.
    • Active participation on the BRED Slack.

  • BRED’s loan & technical assistance intake process, which includes:
    • Following up with all leads in a timely fashion
    • Making a critical assessment of the project’s real TA needs and path to loan readiness
    • Presenting such assessment to the Loan Assembly for feedback
    • Developing a structured TA plan for each new project, once approved by the Loan Assembly as a “pipeline” project.


  • Coordinate public events & educational programming, which includes:
    • Work with Staff Collective to plan and execute events. Recommend events that would meet the needs expressed by co-ops you work with.
    • Regularly staff and attend events. 
    • Attend cooperative roundtable gatherings for active area cooperators. 
  • Participate in The Seed Commons Peer Network, which includes:
    • Active participation in ongoing Peer Network phone calls.
    • Active participation in semi-annual Peer Network trainings.
    • Active participation on the Peer Network Slack.

This is a part-time, 20-hour/week job, compensated at a starting rate of $22,500/year.

Qualifications:
Our ideal candidate would have some combination of the following qualifications:

  • Experience with community organizing in Baltimore & Maryland
  • Ability to work nights and weekend hours
  • Ability to have frequent in-person meetings with co-ops in Baltimore
  • Experienced in coalition work and coordinating/drawing on the resources of people from multiple organizations
  • Experienced in writing business plans, including work on financial documents (e.g., projections, budgets, capital plans), and analyzing business opportunities
  • Connected to cooperatives and the cooperative movement
  • A clear, and coherent communicator in both written and oral forms
  • Personally well-organized and able to create and maintain appropriate online and physical files and communications systems
  • Available to participate in the Fall 2019 training of the Peer Network. This will be out of town. 
  • Experience with planning & facilitating workshops and meetings 
  • Democratic decision-making experience
  • Commitment to transformative and equity justice framework
  • High level of organization and attention to detail, complemented by the ability to see the big picture

People of color, immigrants, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, queer people, and women are encouraged to apply.

Please send a cover letter and a current resume to info@baltimoreroundtable.org by September 15th, 2019.


SAVE the DATE: 3rd Annual Worker Co-op Jumpstart

SAVE the DATE: 3rd Annual Worker Co-op Jumpstart

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 whether you’ve been a worker-owner for years, are thinking about starting a co-op, or just want to learn more this event is for you! Organizations and individuals welcome! We will be having exciting new content that focuses on cooperative conversions. More info to come!

We are asking for a suggested donation of $1-25 per person to cover the cost of the event and lunch. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you or your organization need any specific accommodations, or to request interpretation services, please email  info@baltimoreroundtable.org. We would be happy to answer any questions.1

Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-the-date-3rd-annual-worker-co-op-jumpstart-tickets-64812608256

Sponsors:
Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) is a coalition of Maryland-based worker cooperatives, advocates, and technical assistance providers committed to building a robust cooperative ecosystem. BRED supports democratically-controlled economic institutions with loans and technical assistance.

Impact Hub Baltimore supports and connects a community of Baltimore change makers by providing an inspiring works pace and innovative programming to scale and sustain their social impact.

Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation.

Mera Kitchen is a community-driven, food-based cooperative focused on empowerment of refugee and immigrant women by tapping into their passion for cooking, self-expression and creating community.

Democracy in the Workplace talk and Co-op Happy Hour

Democracy in the Workplace talk and Co-op Happy Hour

Our very own BRED member, Bernardo Vigil, will be giving a talk called Democracy in the Workplace: Bernardo Vigil Presents a Case Study On Barcelona Worker Co-ops.  This event will take place at Red Emma’s on January 17th, 2019.  Bernardo will be talking about his research into workplace democracy in Barcelona, Spain. Bernardo spent time in Barcelona researching how worker co-ops  use different strategies to build meaningful pathways toward self-management, participation, and cooperative leadership development.

This event will be hosted by Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy starting at 7pm along with a co-0p happy hour. Attending the co-op happy hour is a great opportunity to have a drink, get to know the team, ask questions about BRED’s loan process, or just chat about ideas and steps to becoming a co-op, all over a drink.

Follow the link below for more information and to let us know you’re coming!

https://www.facebook.com/events/291101154849864/

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 are.  Members of BRED and CORE Staffing will be on hand to answer any questions and share helpful information.

Please follow the link below to join us on the 25th of July.  We hope to see you there.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/co-op-happy-hour-w-core-staffing-bred-tickets-47031930771

 

 

https://www.corestaffing.us/

CORE Staffing is a cooperative staffing agency for returning citizens (previously incarcerated individuals) that uses 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.