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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
Brian Donovan is the former Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA), a regional cross-sector trade association for cooperatives. From 2005-2013 Brian managed the Univ. of Texas Inter-Cooperative Council, a student housing cooperative. Brian served on the board of NASCO Development Services for 8 years and the NASCO Board for two years. Presently he is Co-Director of The Cooperation Group, a non-profit cooperative development organization based in Detroit, Michigan. Before working in co-ops Brian worked for Apple as the manager of the Inside Sales team serving educational institutions. He also [...]
The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability will assist rural Virginians in developing and advancing their agricultural, economic and social interests to enhance their quality of life. We provide technical assistance to new and existing rural cooperatives, mutually-owned businesses, farm and forestry associations and communities engaged in improving their economic condition for the mutual benefit of their members/owners/citizens. Technical assistance is provided organizational development and governance, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, business/enterprise/market planning, finance and grant assistance. We are a long standing USDA-funded rural cooperative development center. We assist individual farms, [...]