The Art And Science of
Cooperative Development

A rigorous three-part course for participants to develop the skills to start a new cooperative and assist groups to start new cooperative enterprises.

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Comprehensive Training
For Cooperative Developers

This intensive, outcome-based curriculum is focused exclusively on cooperative applications and real-world elements such as site visits and interactive case studies.  The training provides critical lessons in cooperative business model, group facilitation and start-up issues while incorporating challenges cooperatives face today.  Upon completion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique attributes of the cooperative business model

  • Lead groups through the key steps of cooperative business development process

  • Set up effective governance models for start-up cooperatives

  • Apply strong group facilitation and communication skills

  • Assess cooperative finance and capitalization strategies towards business success

  • Advise groups on the process of completing a feasibility study

  • Prepare a cooperative business plan

  • Educate groups on the legal structure and the tax environment for cooperatives

  • Build successful cooperative development ecosystems

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Building Blocks

The first session of The Art and Science of Cooperative Development lays out the basics of the cooperative model, including governance, feasibility, business basics, and memberships. Additionally, we’ll cover topics ranging from cooperative history to building your cooperative ecosystem.

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Toolkit Implementation

This session will dive deeper into topics like feasibility, explore a wider array of business planning tools, include more information and resources for later stages of business development, and put more emphasis on the field of cooperative development and the participants’ role in it.

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Finance Fundamentals

Session 3 is a five-day, webinar-based training that gives participants hands-on experience building their own Excel workbook to determine the feasibility of a start-up co-op.

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Building Blocks: Cooperative Basics, Building Capacity, and Developing Leadership

Building Blocks 2020 is coming to Philadelphia! More info to come.

Building Blocks (formerly Session 1) provides a thorough but introductory overview into the field of cooperative development. This session lays out the basics of the cooperative model, including governance, feasibility, business basics, and memberships. We’ll cover topics ranging from cooperative history to building your cooperative ecosystem. Participants will learn from case studies that delve into particular topics in co-op development, such as investment cooperatives, conversions, and assisting groups in low-resource communities. Additionally, tours to local co-ops and ample networking opportunities this intensive, productive, and meaningful training.

Check out the Building Blocks 2019 Agenda!

Building Blocks won’t be offered again until Spring 2020, but we’re excited to offer it in a new location and reach even more cooperators with our programming!

Trainers will be announced as we get closer to the training dates.

$1400, includes tuition and food*. Transit and lodging are not included.

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Toolkit Implementation: Practical Application of Tools and Skills for Cooperative Developers

Next Offering: Fall 2019 in Madison, WI. Final Dates: TBA

Toolkit Implementation (formerly Session 2) builds upon the concepts and skills developed in Building Blocks and prompts participants to use these in interactive, hands-on, case studies.  This session will dive deeper into topics like feasibility, explore a wider array of business planning tools, include more information and resources for later stages of business development, and put more emphasis on the field of cooperative development and the participants’ role in it. Toolkit Implementation includes a tour to a co-op development centers and other institutions that support cooperative development.

Check out this sample agenda to get a better sense of what this training entails.

Coming Fall 2019

Trainers to be announced.

$1400, includes tuition and food. Transit and lodging are not included.

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Analysis for New Cooperatives

Next Offering:February 4-8th, 2019

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Finance Fundamentals (formerly Session 3) is a five-day, webinar-based training that gives participants hands-on experience building their own Excel workbook to determine the feasibility of a start-up co-op. This training requires some knowledge of Excel (and registration comes with a free, two-hour introduction to Excel prior to the training) and will build participants’ knowledge of the program.  Finance Fundamentals requires nightly homework assignments as well as a final exam. This intensive session demands participants learn and utilize practical skills for assessing feasibility and determining success factors for new cooperatives. Check out a sample agenda.

Finance Fundamentals will be offered February 4-8th with a 2-hour Excel Bootcamp offered on February 1st.

Thomas Beckett, Director of Carolina Common Enterprise
Thomas A. Beckett. Executive Director Thomas Beckett has for most of his career worked as an attorney serving the needs of small and startup businesses. He has been professionally focused on cooperatives for the past ten years. He has completed and is certified by the CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program and is certified to present the FastTrac TechVenture  program, the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurial training curriculum. He also provides business & legal education and guidance to cooperatives throughout North Carolina and the South. He has taught Business Law at Warren Wilson College He has significant experience working with cooperatives in the region, including worker, consumer, and agricultural startups, as well as nonprofits and other agricultural enterprises. Beckett currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shared Capital Cooperative Development Fund and CooperationWorks. He co-founded and continues as a steering committee member for the Cooperative Professionals Guild. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and earned his law degree and later an MBA at the University of North  Carolina.

This week-long webinar-based training is $800. Cost includes and optional two-hour Excel training on Friday, November 30th.

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