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

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

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

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 |2021-02-22T16:18:27-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Matthew Epperson

Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC)

Fostering community economic development primarily through the cooperative business model since 1979! NWCDC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses, from daycare centers to credit unions. NWCDC primarily supports cooperatives in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho but has also supported projects as far away as Alaska and Hawai’i.  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 [...]

By |2022-12-14T10:06:13-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC)

Northwest Agriculture Business Center

Let NABC help you grow your business NABC provides business development resources to farmers and agriculture-related business in northwest Washington. We work collaboratively to evaluate innovative agricultural products or services in order to ensure successful implementation into the market place. NABC's fee-based technical assistance provides farm clients with "hand's-on" business plan review and development, preparation of capital and financing strategies and plans, value-added product development and marketing, project evaluations, and professional referrals. Please review the Client Application Process for further details. Usted habla Español? Por favor visita nuestra página en español para [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:19:01-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Northwest Agriculture Business Center

North Dakota Association of RECs

The Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center adds new wealth to the economy by creating, retaining, and expanding rural cooperatives and other primary sector business enterprises in North Dakota. The Center provides consultation, technical assistance and financing programs. The Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center has been providing federally-supported technical assistance to rural areas since 1994. Operating under the umbrella of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) and the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC), the Center has come to be recognized as a major development player in [...]

By |2023-01-06T16:04:50-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on North Dakota Association of RECs

Mission West Community Development Partners

The mission of Mission West Community Development Partners is to “enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of all residents of Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation” Established in 1995, LCCDC is a regional development organization that has proven to be exceedingly effective for Western Montana. Our collective efforts have resulted in economic development, affordable housing, and community infrastructure projects worth more than $58 million since 1995. Business development activities have created or retained more than 500 jobs in the local economy. Our Cooperative Development Center was established in 1999. [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:04:52-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Mission West Community Development Partners

Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative paves the way for new food co-op excellence, leading to better fed, healthier communities with local control and connections. FCI improves the success and sustainability of new food cooperatives by providing information, training, technical assistance, peer connections, and other support. We also engage in research to blaze, maintain and improve the development path for new food co-ops. We work with communities across the country, so if you are wondering if a food co-op might be a good way to meet your community's needs, or if you've been trying to [...]

By |2023-01-06T11:18:44-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Food Co-op Initiative

Cooperative Development Foundation

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprise. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors and people living with disabilities. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships, and fundraising, CDF makes grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad. CDF provides recovery grants to cooperatives impacted by disaster, scholarships to train local cooperative leaders, and funding for research and education to advance the understanding of cooperatives. [...]

By |2023-01-06T15:43:12-08:00September 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Cooperative Development Foundation
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