11-15-10: Hitting All the B-Notes

November 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm 2 comments

You soon might be able to pocket both your cash and credit cards when you shop, at least in certain parts of the city. B Notes are Baltimore’s new proposed alternative currency. We talk with Jeff Dicken, the Executive Director of the Baltimore Green Currency Association, who’s working to launch the currency by this spring. We’re also joined by Susan Witt, who’s the co-founder of the BerkShare, a local currency that’s been operating in the Berkshires in Massachusetts since 2006.

The Baltimore Green Currency Association is having a community meeting on Monday, November 22nd, at Breathe Books in Hampden, to discuss how B-Notes could affect independent businesses.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim Corwin  |  November 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Glad to see others are working on this. I have long envisioned a more robust local currency, Baltimore Bucks, which would solve the dual issues of large non-profits in the city who do not pay taxes while their employees often live and shop outside the city.
    Under proposed legislation, non-profits would be required to pay a portion of every employees salary in Baltimore Bucks, which would be loaded on debit cards and can only be redeemed for goods and services at businesses in Baltimore city. I plan to contact Mr Dicken to see how we can work together.

  • 2. Michael Reeder  |  November 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am really looking forwards to the launch of the BNotes program. My psychotherapy office in Mt. Washington is only about 5 minutes from Hampden and I’m looking to accept this new currency. Looking forward to some BNote shopping at Breathe Books and maybe local restaurants there.

    There is really legislation pending to get non-profits to pay a portion of salary this way??

    — Michael


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