The Cooperation Group

The Cooperation Group is a nonprofit enterprise whose mission is to assist in the economic self-determination of people who desire a more inclusive economy. Founded by B. Anthony Holley of Detroit, Lisa Stolarski of Highland Park and Brian Donovan of Highland Park, we provide technical assistance for new and established businesses, specializing in cooperative start-up and development. We also facilitate the creation of secondary infrastructure to support all kinds of cooperatives and seek to normalize cooperative business models in local communities though the education of private and public institutions. The Cooperation Group [...]

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Montana Cooperative Development Center

The MCDC a stand-alone 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. As the statewide resource for cooperative development, MCDC works with new and existing co-ops and other groups to evaluate co-op business models and strategies to meet their objectives. Throughout the state of Montana, MCDC has a team of cooperative development specialists dedicated to locally promoting the cooperative model as a viable alternative for rural business development. This team of professionals works to foster the development of new cooperatives and helps to improve existing cooperatives. MCDC works with groups across Montana to develop innovative cooperative business in retail, fitness, manufacturing, agriculture, marketing, housing, [...]

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NWCDC is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses, from daycare centers to credit unions. NWCDC supports cooperatives in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. Founded by cooperatives in 1979, the Center has grown into the Northwest’s leading provider of services for co-op business development. We have a long history of collaborating with communities, governments, economic development agencies and other cooperatives, sharing expertise and building cross-sector support for new and existing cooperatives We understand that when consumers, producers or workers become business owners of a cooperative, their individual and [...]

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ValueAdded Ag Center

What is the ValueAdded Ag Center Mission? Foster creation of value added concepts. What is the ValueAdded Ag Center? The ValueAdded Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) is funded by sixteen producer based ag commodity groups, trade organizations and cooperatives dedicated to the development of value-added agricultural businesses in South Dakota. What Services does the ValueAdded Ag Center Provide? The VAADC provides services to new and existing agri-businesses. The VAADC facilitates Project Development Steps The VAADC provides education to projects, partners and the public The VAADC provides Technical Assistance Services Project Management Feasibility Assessment [...]

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Cooperative Development Institute

The Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the Northeast’s Center for cooperative business development. Founded in 1994 by cooperative leaders across industry sectors, CDI’s mission is to build vibrant economies through the creation and development of successful cooperatively structured enterprises in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and New York. While our focus is rural and regional, we contribute to innovative economic development strategies on national and global levels. We envision an economy in which people work together to achieve their common goals, ensure access to quality jobs [...]

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NASCO  provides education, outreach and project management support to individuals, groups, and developers wanting to create resident-controlled, affordable housing co-operatives – usually student, youth, or campus-oriented.   NASCO  Development Services also assists new or existing co-ops in obtaining acquisition and gap financing, as well as permanent funding and refinancing packages, usually on a fee-for-service or success fee basis. The Development Services program aims to support proactively those groups who have been underserved – including low-income, minority, differently-abled, working, and re-entry students.   We  believe that cooperative development and cooperative living transform peoples’ lives by [...]

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

The RMFU Cooperative & Economic Development Center was formed in 1995. During the past decade as an integral part of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Co-op Center has worked with and facilitated the growth of over 80 cooperatives, LLCs, and other associations and partnerships across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Currently over 50% of those businesses are still in operation today. Highlights of this effort are the Colorado Farm and Art Market, Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, Organic Seed Alliance, Mountain States Lamb Cooperative, La Montanita Food Cooperative and the High Plains [...]

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Alaska Cooperative Development Center

The Alaska Cooperative Development Program was organized with the goal to foster development of cooperative business enterprises in Rural Alaska, and to help Alaska producers and consumers to use cooperatives to provide economic base activities that can spur rural economic development. The program has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture, through a Rural Cooperative Development Grant. The Program is managed jointly by Hans Geier of the e Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Andrew Crow of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Alaska [...]

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The Kohala Center

The Kohala Center ( is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. The Kohala Center was established in direct response to the request of island residents and island leaders to create greater educational and employment opportunities by caring for—and celebrating—Hawai‘i Island’s natural and cultural landscape. Today, we focus on cultivating shared leadership in local communities through conservation, education, and economic development programs. As part of our economic development efforts, we launched our Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services (RCBDS, [...]

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