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We are creating a functioning local currency for the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area. Real money, by the people for the people.
We are creating a functioning local currency for the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area. Real money, by the people for the people.
102 backers pledged $8,090 to help bring this project to life.

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We are working to implement a strong and widely-adopted local currency for the Baltimore, MD metropolitan area, and our Kickstarter goal is to collect funds for an initial print run of paper bills: BNotes.

We revealed the final BNote designs at a press conference in Baltimore on Feb. 25th, and simultaneously right here on Kickstarter!  They pay homage to two great Baltimore city sages: Frederick Douglass on the 1-BNote bill, and Edgar Allan Poe on the 5-BNote bill (click on Updates to view the images).

Local currencies have begun sprouting all over Europe and the USA, including the inspirational BerkShares (berkshares.org), because they strengthen regional economic resiliency, create local jobs, and boost community pride.  Here's how: 10 dollars can be exchanged for 11 BNotes, which will be accepted by participating local merchants as equal to dollars. The incentive of this built-in discount draws money into the local economy and encourages it to be spent there, supporting local businesses instead of letting corporate chains take it out of the community.  Visit our website, baltimoregreencurrency.org, for more information.

We hope to raise $12,000 to cover the printing costs for about 120,000 bills with strong counterfeit protection.  We estimate that this quantity will be well-supported by our initial network of businesses and local users, as well as all exchanges made over the course of the first year in circulation.  We have set our minimum goal lower at $8,000, since that will still print about 60,000 bills, enough to support initial circulation and adoption.  However, we want to avoid the wasteful expense of additional small print runs in the first year just to meet demand, as has been necessary for some successful local currencies.

So please help us reach $12,000, so we can make the BNote a fundamental and inspirational part of the local economy and communities of Baltimore!

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    A small button featuring the BNotes symbol (http://baltimoregreencurrency.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bn-symbol-no-hex.png), handmade by the BGCA planning team and mailed directly to you.

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    BNote Base - a permanent thank-you, to you or in honor of someone else, on the Baltimore Green Currency website.

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    A T-shirt featuring the BNotes symbol, your choice of size and single color, for local pickup.

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    A personalized thank-you card signed by members of the BGCA planning team, plus the website listing.

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    A homemade 9" layer cake made to order with all organic ingredients and delivered to your door for any occasion! Simple decoration requests can be accommodated.

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    Two printed BNotes from the beginning of the print run (denominations of 1 and 5, with serial numbers distinct from BNotes released later to the wider public), plus the website listing.

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    Vegan mini cupcakes for your party of up to 25 people - assorted varieties delivered straight to your door!

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    Two sets of BNotes from the beginning of the print run (1's and 5's), plus the thank-you card, plus the website listing.

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    A basic fermentation training session with the organizer of the Charmin' ChiliBrew, who will demonstrate each step of the process of making and bottling your own hard cider, wine, or mead. You will leave with all the basic equipment and supplies you need, from sanitation to vessels, plus the makings of 2-3 six-packs of cider.

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    A framed display set of four BNotes, front-and-back (two 1's and two 5's), from the beginning of the print run, plus the website listing.

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    Handmade wire-wrapped or strung jewelry set - sterling silver or gold-filled - made to order (earrings and necklace, earrings and bracelet, or necklace and bracelet), along with a handmade gift card.

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    The organizer of the Charmin' ChiliBrew will create a CUSTOM 5-gallon batch of homebrewed beer for you (any style; he's known for some pretty exotic inventions), walking you through and teaching as much of the process as you care to observe, from ingredient purchase to bottling. Cost of ingredients is not included (typically $40-$80 depending on the desired style).

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    The framed display set of four BNotes, with each bill signed by Richard Winchell (the artist who conceived and designed them), plus the thank-you card, plus the website listing.

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    A "Juggling and the Art of Meditation" Workshop for up to 10 people, led by the Director of the Juggling Institute.

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    Your (or your business') name will be printed alone as the event sponsor on 144 glasses distributed to attendees of Charmin' ChiliBrew events beginning with the next one on April 17th. The last drew 200 people on October 8th: http://www.bbweek.com/eventdetails3.php?eventid=137 ; http://whatweekly.com/2010/10/13/the-charmin-chilibrew/

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    Featured BNote Business For A Month - be the featured business on the Baltimore Green Currency web directory of local merchants and service providers for a full month! Choose either May, June, or July 2011 - first takers get their choice.

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