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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. We prioritize coop development that directs educational and financial resources to historically marginalized communities—especially communities of color that have been excluded from the current economic system. We are part of an emerging national peer network of loan funds to aggregate non-exploitative financing to scale this work. We believe in the creation of democratically-controlled economic institutions, whether as start-ups or through converting existing businesses. We see it as a powerful model that addresses concrete community needs—like living wage jobs with dignity—with an expansive vision of a transformed and equitable economy. Self-managed workplaces create key sites for skill-sharing and grassroots leadership development. Viable cooperative businesses with values grounded in community provide meaningful examples of corporate responsibility and accountability. Community-owned economic institutions demonstrate that Maryland communities can thrive without courting elite developers or national corporations that siphon profit from the local economy. Website: http://www.baltimoreroundtable.org Twitter: @bred_baltimore Instragram: @bred_baltimore

Loans

Mera Kitchen

Mera Kitchen Startup Loan

Baltimore, United States

Thread Coffee Roasters

Thread Coffee Roasters - Sep 3, 2013

Working capital for coffee and labeling.

Baltimore, United States
September 3, 2013
US $10,000.00

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse

Red Emma's Branded Gear LOC

A revolving line of credit to allow Red Emma's to purchase branded gear for sale in the store

Baltimore, United States
December 23, 2019
US $4,000.00

Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brothers - May 31, 2016

Expansion loan for Taharka Brothers Mobile Change Maker Ice Cream Truck

Baltimore, United States
May 31, 2016
US $15,000.00

Taharka Brothers

Taharka Brothers Broadway Market Scoop Shop

Taharka Brothers Broadway Market Scoop Shop

Baltimore, United States
April 4, 2019
US $24,000.00
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