Northcountry Cooperative Foundation

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation helps communities take control of their futures through cooperative ownership. We specialize in the development and support of affordable housing cooperatives, providing low-income residents with technical expertise and organizational support needed to create successful cooperatives and sustain them in the long-term. Development Services: We help co-ops assess project feasibility, secure financing, and develop strong organizational and management structures. Technical Assistance: We help ensure cooperatives thrive by providing tailored technical assistance, training, continuing education, and peer to peer engagement opportunities. Advocacy: We work with co-op leaders to advocate for legislation [...]

By |2022-05-12T14:44:23-07:00May 12th, 2022|Comments Off on Northcountry Cooperative Foundation

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation, and Rural Sustainability

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, [...]

By |2022-04-21T09:57:26-07:00April 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation, and Rural Sustainability

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

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 |2017-09-29T01:25:49-07:00September 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 |2017-09-29T00:38:09-07:00September 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Worker Cooperatives Empower and Promote Economic Equality
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