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New in 2014 – the BNote Second Series!

Who will be featured on the new denominations of Baltimore’s local currency? We’ve been gathering your suggestions and votes, and decision-time is getting close. Send us your thoughts via our contact page or on the Facebook Group as soon as you can.

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We’ll be reaching out to our core supporters soon, to help us make the next BNote series a reality in 2014. If you want to volunteer some time to help us coordinate the roll-out this year, please get in touch – there are a few things (web changes via WordPress, data updates in Excel) that would really help us stay in high gear and would give you local currency experience as well!

Lillie May Carroll Jackson

Film Screening: Money & Life

Join us at the Creative Alliance on Thurs, November 21 at 7:30 pm for a screening of Money & Life, a documentary that examines the economic crisis not as a disaster but as a tremendous opportunity for positive change. See more event details

This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey from the origins of money to the current global financial crisis. The film helps us to see that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us – a shift more rapid but just as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

Tickets are $7 for members; $12 for non-members.


Help build your local economy!

Help the Baltimore Green Currency Association create a new economic reality for Baltimore! We know you’re ready to see this vision come to fruition, and we can’t do it without you. This is our local money. Let’s make it work for us.


New Spring 2013 BNote Business Directories!

Downloadable pdfs to view or print – find out where to get and spend BNotes all across Baltimore:

brick and mortar businesses

citywide and online businesses


With over 200 businesses accepting and using BNotes, it’s easy to support your local economy every day.  Friends don’t let friends go to Seattle coffee chains or faux-Italian corporate eateries.
If you know a business owner who supports local buying, please encourage them to check out our For Businesses page and get in touch with us if they would like to be in our print and online Directories.

BNote at EcoFest

Find us at EcoFest on Saturday, April 27 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm at Druid Hill Park. Meet our volunteers, hear what we have been up to, and exchange your bucks for BNotes. Learn more about EcoFest

Baltimore is Fixing the Future

Thank you! Baltimore’s screening of Fixing the Future at the Creative Alliance on November 8th was a huge success!

Check out the event write-up in the Indypendent Reader

It was great to see shots of Baltimore and our local businesses on the big screen! Before the film, an amazing spread of refreshments was provided by Clementine and local coffee roaster Zeke’s, and almost 200 people gathered to share ideas and inspiration.







We were honored to be joined by Edgar S. Cahn, the creator of Time Dollars, the founder of TimeBanks USA, and the author of several books including “No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative.” His wisdom and innovative ideas were a highlight of the evening.









Thanks also to Christina from Baltimore Green Works, Ian from the Baltimore Time Bank, Iris from Red Emma’s, John Duda, who spoke about bringing a large scale worker cooperative model to Baltimore, and Jeff Dicken from Baltimore Green Currency Association, who all participated in the panel discussion after the film.

Film Screening: Fixing the Future

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:00 – 10:00 pm

WHERE: Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

TICKETS: $10 Admission

  • Purchase tickets online
  • Tickets and info: or 410-276-1651
  • Tickets can also be purchased at the Creative Alliance front desk in advance: 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

Join us for a screening of Fixing the Future, a David Brancaccio (NPR, PBS) production about local groups across the country who are working to create a sustainable future. The BNote and BGCA are featured!

We are honored to announce that Edgar S. Cahn, the “father” of time banking, the creator of Time Dollars, founder of TimeBanks USA, and author of several books including “No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative” will be joining us and will be on hand for our discussion after the film. Mr. Cahn’s Time Dollars is just one achievement in a career that, since the early 1960′s, has been dedicated to achieving social justice for the disenfranchised. Check out a short clip of Mr. Cahn speaking briefly about money for another upcoming film about the need for creating a new people-centered economy: “Money & Life.”

Screening Agenda

7:00 pm tasting demo by Zeke’s coffee (featured in the film!) and Clementine, and meet with representatives from local main street businesses and groups working on solutions, including the Baltimore Time Bank, Red Emma’s (worker collective), Baltimore Green Works and the Baltimore Green Currency Association.

7:30pm show. Discussion to follow – get your questions answered and find out how to get involved right away in efforts to reclaim our local economy.

About the film

David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits people and organizations across America attempting a revolution: reinventing the American economy. Baltimore independent businesses and our local money – the BNote – are highlighted as some of the most effective and innovative approaches being used across the country to create jobs and build local prosperity. Learn more about the film

In Memoriam: BGCA Director Paul Pojman

In early morning September 20, 2012, BGCA lost dear friend and Director Paul Pojman to lung cancer. His vision, guidance and friendship will be dearly missed by our entire team, other groups who worked with him, his family, friends, as well as his students and colleagues at Towson University. Paul’s demonstrated commitment to living out his beliefs and working to create a better world was, and will remain, a deep inspiration to all of us as we continue in our mission.

BNote Get Down Raffle Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who came out for the first BNote Get Down! We had a great time at 2640, and who knew a chocolate stout ice cream float could be so delicious?

Our winning raffle numbers were:

$20 gift certificate from Avenue Antiques – 383109
Free customized pet tag from Pet Tag Creations – 383047
One pound of Zeke’s coffee – 383145
One pound of Zeke’s coffee – French Roast – 383093
One hour deep massage from Missi Kibelbek – 383136
One hour Reiki Healing session from Andrea Wenger – 383049
Andrea Wenger relaxation CD – 383122
Full acupuncture treatment from Diana Keener – 383037
Dinner for 2 at Woodberry Kitchen – 383060
Skin care package from ReNew Organic Skin Care – 383112
$20 breathe books gift certificate – 383092
Bag of breathe books advance reader copies – 383146

Many thanks as well to all the businesses that so generously donated raffle prizes. See you at the next BNote Get Down!

Building Local Wealth with the BNote







A recent study in Grand Rapids, Michigan has produced some incredible figures on the enormous power of local purchasing. The key finding: A modest change in consumer behavior – a mere 10 percent shift in market share to independent businesses from chain stores – would result in 1,600 new jobs, $53 million in wages, and a $137 million economic impact to the area. .
.Check out the study (PDF): Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy







This is the kind of change we’re putting into effect with the BNote. Chain stores like Wal-Mart rob communities of the collective wealth they could be building by channeling their money back into local businesses. Wealth that builds on itself, creating new jobs and new possibilities. Wealth which could be used for community projects – gardens, playgrounds, tool-sharing, art projects, recreation centers, block parties – help our neighborhoods become more social and support us better. The effect is real, and it’s up to each of us to think local first and enable these kinds of changes here in Baltimore. .

Find more studies on the effect of thinking locally.