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+00:00September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Ronan Cooperative Brewery

Early Bird Farmers Cooperative

Early Bird Farmers Cooperative is a farmer-owned enterprise that was established in 2017 by and for farmers to market certified organic and specialty eggs from pasture-raised hens that live in humane conditions. The members of Early Bird Farmers Cooperative started meeting to identify shared-solutions for common challenges faced by organic and sustainable family farms raising hens for egg production. In recent years, organic foods have become more common-place, entering mainstream markets, and at long-last organic eggs are within closer reach for the general public. At the same time, the natural foods market [...]

By |2017-09-29T01:25:49+00:00September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Early Bird Farmers Cooperative

Worker Cooperatives Empower and Promote Economic Equality

With assistance from the California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD), Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative (YECC-Pronounced “YES”) officially launched early this year. YECC is a worker co-op developed to create jobs and cooperative ownership opportunities for underserved residents in Yolo County, California. The co-op provides residential and commercial cleaning services using environmentally friendly solutions and practices. Workers are engaged in deciding their work schedule, how work is organized, and all aspects of decision making. They have opportunities to try on “new hats” as they engage in business strategy, public relations, accounting, marketing, and leadership. [...]

By |2017-09-29T00:38:09+00:00September 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Worker Cooperatives Empower and Promote Economic Equality

Matthew Epperson

Matthew Epperson (pronouns he/him) is a southern cooperator based in Athens, Georgia. He grew up in Tampa, FL where he became a first-degree black belt (in Tang Su Doo, Aikido & Jujitsu) before relocating to Athens in 2008 for love and education. He is a worker at Daily Groceries Co-op (a consumer-owned retail food co-op), where he has worked for the past 8 years in various capacities, now human resources manager and bookkeeper. He's a graduate (2015) of the Masters of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions program through Saint Mary's University. Also [...]

By |2018-01-29T20:47:18+00:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Matthew Epperson

NWCDC

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 [...]

By |2017-10-25T11:07:56+00:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on NWCDC

Keystone Development Center

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 [...]

By |2018-10-31T10:40:36+00:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Keystone Development Center

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 [...]

By |2017-10-30T11:13:23+00:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Cooperative Development Institute

NASCO

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 [...]

By |2018-08-06T10:19:05+00:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on NASCO

Democracy at Work Institute

The mission of the Democracy at Work Institute is to expand the worker cooperative model to reach communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality, specifically people of color, recent immigrants, and low-­wage workforces. We are a movement-based think-and-do tank  supporting worker cooperatives to grow to a scale that creates meaningful change in the economy. The Institute brings a birds- eye view of the national stage and a hands-on understanding of cooperative business and its benefits, making sure that our growing worker cooperative movement is both rooted in worker cooperatives themselves and [...]

By |2017-10-06T02:06:46+00:00September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Democracy at Work Institute

CCCD

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 [...]

By |2018-10-23T13:08:12+00:00September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on CCCD
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