The mission of the California Center for Cooperative Development is to promote cooperatives as a vibrant business model to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities. CCCD fulfills this mission by:

  • Educating the public, community institutions, and government agencies to foster and promote the understanding of cooperatives;
  • Identifying and disseminating information about successful practices and models for cooperatives;
  • Encouraging cooperation and coordination among various types of cooperatives;
  • Providing technical assistance and education for the development of cooperatives to best address economic and social needs.

Summary of Services

The Center offers annual seminars to assist Cooperative Directors in effective governance, strategic and financial planning and other issues. Technical assistance to help cooperatives address specific issues is available through a variety of mediums (determined by the circumstances of the cooperative) including referrals, fee for service, or by utilizing grant funding. To help address issues of particular concern to specific sectors of cooperatives, the Center collects, analyzes, and disseminates data, technical knowledge, best practices, and other information.

The Center educates the public and groups interested in forming a cooperative through a pallet of outreach programs. These include basic information about the cooperative business model, as well as practical information on how to organize cooperatives, cooperative financing, governance, management, and related topics.