Center for Community Wealth Building

CCWB is a community-driven, worker-led organization dedicated to transforming economic systems to close the racial wealth gap. We foster collective power by advancing community and employee ownership, leveraging the economic engines of anchor institutions, and strengthening small businesses in historically excluded communities.   We develop startup worker co-ops in English and Spanish, and we are building out our community owned real estate process as well as our employee ownership conversion process this year. We are transitioning to a Worker Co-op Academy model to support more groups. Outside of our Democratizing Ownership program, [...]

By |2024-01-18T10:43:46-08:00January 18th, 2024|Comments Off on Center for Community Wealth Building

Pets and Vets Need Co-ops Too!

In late 2021, veterinarians at Spring Green and Mazomanie Animal Hospitals decided it was time to begin planning for retirement.  Mark Baenen and John Dally founded the Spring Green Clinic 18 years prior to Ann Vetter joining them as co-owners of the additional Mazomanie Clinic in 2020. Keeping quality veterinary care in this rural region of Wisconsin was of paramount interest to each of them throughout their tenure.  With retirement approaching, they were concerned about the nationwide trend of corporate conglomerates acquiring independent clinics, and the impact this has on workers, animals, [...]

By |2023-10-30T15:15:10-07:00October 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Pets and Vets Need Co-ops Too!

Worker-owned Ag Co-op May be the Answer to Farm and Ranch Labor Needs in Colorado

In this still relatively new century, labor rights in the United States—the right to a living wage, the right to safe working conditions, the right to fair labor practices, the right to work-life balance, the right to professional development—are not ubiquitous. Profit-driven corporations continue to create divides between haves and have-nots. Profits are not realized in a vacuum—in order to generate profits, a company must leverage intellectual capital, ecological capital, and human resources capital, all visible and quantifiable elements within a supply chain. During the farming seasons of 2018-2020, the RMFU Cooperative [...]

By |2023-10-23T11:03:16-07:00October 23rd, 2023|Comments Off on Worker-owned Ag Co-op May be the Answer to Farm and Ranch Labor Needs in Colorado

Network Collaboration: Farmers’ Co-op Empowers Northwest Hmong Farmers

Northwest Agriculture Business Center Provides Technical Assistance to Hmong Farmers The Washington Hmong Farmers Cooperative (WHFC) is a newly formed Cooperative that exists to serve and expand the market potential of Hmong Farmers in the Puget Sound region. The Hmong migrated from southern China in the nineteenth century to the mountainous areas of Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. During the Vietnam War the Hmong worked with the American CIA in the “secret war” in Laos and were forced to flee their homeland after the victory of the communists. After spending time in refugee [...]

By |2023-10-23T10:58:05-07:00October 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Network Collaboration: Farmers’ Co-op Empowers Northwest Hmong Farmers

Ed Potter

Ed is an international cooperative development practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in North American, Latin American, and Caribbean countries. He previously served as executive director of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation’s Americas Regional Association (ICMIF/Americas), representing 67 cooperative and mutual insurers from Canada to Argentina. He co-founded the Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative (CLARITY), which promotes cooperative legal and regulatory reform and advocacy with secondary and tertiary cooperatives in developing economies. Ed led a USAID Cooperative Development Program grant supporting ICMIF/Americas members’ capacity to develop and deliver affordable microinsurance financial [...]

By |2023-07-19T10:20:00-07:00July 17th, 2023|Comments Off on Ed Potter

Mavery Davis

Mavery is breaking poverty and creating wealth. Certified Public Accountant by day, building the RESOLVE Financial Services Co-op, a community organizer, a father, a motivator, founder of Financial Literacy Bootcamp (FLBC), and an adjunct professor at West Virginia State University by night.  Through the FLBC, he works with kids and their family unit in West Virginia to understand the psychology of money and the basics of finances, to plant the seeds of collective, community wealth and abundance.  Mavery is a guest teacher at Makeshop Design Lab, and collaborator in all things workshops.

By |2020-11-24T15:14:35-08:00November 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Mavery Davis

5th Generation Mississippi Farm Family Establishes Gourmet Bakery: A Cooperative Success Story

Perseverance and absolute dedication to developing a new wholesale bakery describe Samantha Green, CEO and founder of Lillie’s Gourmet Bakery of Memphis, Tennessee.  It applies equally to her seven sisters and two brothers.   They are all part of the 4th generation that has farmed the family’s land in Tate County, Mississippi since the 1900s.   And today, the 5th Generation of nieces and nephews are also involved in developing this new business. According to Myra Bentley-Bryant, “Samantha and her siblings have become a beacon of hope for rural women who question whether [...]

By |2019-06-24T16:43:23-07:00June 24th, 2019|Comments Off on 5th Generation Mississippi Farm Family Establishes Gourmet Bakery: A Cooperative Success Story

Frank Cetera

Frank Cetera is an Advanced Certified Business Advisor with 10-years service for Onondaga SBDC - Syracuse, NY.  He specializes in Employee-Ownership.   Frank’s business and community developer experience includes the following. CDCU/CDFI Cooperative Federal Credit Union Board Member/Chair (since 2010/2012 respectively). And living in and co-managing two housing cooperatives. As well as member and volunteer of two retail grocery cooperatives. And professional presentations including twice at statewide NYSBDC Staff Training, Eastern Conference for Workforce Democracy at Fordham Law in NYC, New Economy Coalition’s CommonBound Conference at SUNY-Buffalo, North Country Symposium at St. [...]

By |2021-02-22T16:17:27-08:00February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Frank Cetera

Corrigan Nadon Nichols

Corrigan Consulting provides a broad range of technical and training services for cooperatives and democratic, community-based organizations, including business planning, commercial loan consulting, board training, accounting system setup, leadership coaching, and back-office bookkeeping. Corrigan Nadon-Nichols previously served as the Director of Development for NASCO, supporting start-up and expanding housing cooperatives, and the general manager for Qumbya Housing Cooperative in Chicago, IL.

By |2019-03-07T09:04:40-08:00January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Corrigan Nadon Nichols

Ronan Cooperative Brewery

What’s a rural town to do when the community wants to revitalize Main Street? Start a consumer-owned cooperative brewery! In western Montana, residents of Ronan, population ~2000, are trying to do just that by starting the first cooperative brewery in the region. This spring, more than 60 community members attended a public interest meeting to learn more about the craft brewing industry, the cooperative brewery model, and the potential for a brewery in the town. The idea for the Ronan Cooperative Brewery started in 2016 with a community assessment. Community members were [...]

By |2018-01-22T18:23:48-08:00September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Ronan Cooperative Brewery
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