The Keystone Development Center (KDC) has a mission to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively-owned businesses. We are a non-profit corporation, incorporated in 1999 with a mission to provide technical and research assistance to groups who wish to organize as cooperatives. Through these efforts we strive to meet the economic and business development needs of rural and non-rural areas in the multi-state area of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware.
We believe that the cooperative-business model can enable people to mitigate business risk and provide themselves with services at an economic advantage. We give priority to new and emerging groups, especially in areas that are under-served and financially challenged. KDC provides these groups with technical assistance, access to financial resources, and links to other supporting organizations.
Over the life our KDC we have worked with 156 community owned businesses or start-up ventures. Since 1999 we have delivered 44 feasibility studies, 18 business plans, and 4 marketing plans. KDC conducted 32 focus groups and 20 member/consumer surveys. KDC helped incorporate 39 businesses and assisted in policy and legal documents, including the writing of 25 sets of bylaws for our clients. Extensive educational and training presentations were provided to more than 30 groups. IT services were delivered to 7 groups. KDC helped 38 groups secure over $2.3 million in grants or other funding beyond our RCDG Grant. Our clients represent many sectors: Agricultural Marketing, Food Cooperatives, Purchasing, Shared Services, Broadband, Energy/Utilities, and more. Our services include meeting facilitation, co-op education, bylaws and incorporation, member equity drives, feasibility analysis, market research, business planning, financial modeling, board development, management development, organizational analysis, administrative systems, cooperative law and cooperative taxes.