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, [...]

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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!

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 |2022-07-20T16:38:04-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation, and Rural Sustainability

South Carolina Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development

The Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development is dedicated to enhancing and expanding local food and agricultural businesses in South Carolina.  The Center and partners provide technical assistance to cooperatives, mutually-owned businesses, and other small business within multiple industries, but with a strong focus on agricultural businesses. Primary activities are cooperative formation, business planning, feasibility studies, cooperative financing, grant writing, assisting producer associations, and new business development.

By |2022-07-20T16:29:18-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on South Carolina Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development

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 [...]

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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

Montana Cooperative Development Center

The MCDC a stand-alone 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. As the statewide resource for cooperative development, MCDC works with new and existing co-ops and other groups to evaluate co-op business models and strategies to meet their objectives. Throughout the state of Montana, MCDC has a team of cooperative development specialists dedicated to locally promoting the cooperative model as a viable alternative for rural business development. This team of professionals works to foster the development of new cooperatives and helps to improve existing cooperatives. MCDC works with groups across Montana to develop innovative cooperative business in retail, fitness, manufacturing, agriculture, marketing, housing, [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:06:00-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Montana Cooperative Development Center

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. [...]

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Keystone Development Center

KDC’s mission is to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively owned businesses. As a provider of technical assistance (TA) to cooperatives and other agriculture-related businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic, KDC is well positioned to provide support in the areas of technical assistance for businesses wishing to form as cooperatives. With over 20 years of cooperative development experience and a long-standing commitment to cooperatives in the agriculture and food business sector, KDC brings an extensive amount of relevant experience including technical assistance, capacity building, business planning, organizational analysis, IT assistance, education & training, [...]

By |2023-01-06T11:27:45-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Keystone Development Center

Cooperative Development Services

Cooperative Development Services shares a vision of people working together cooperatively and responsibly to achieve their social and economic well-being through organizations they own and control.   The mission of CDS is to support, build and strengthen organizations that contribute to cooperative and sustainable development through consultation and participation in the development, restructuring and expansion of cooperative organizations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.   Brief History Cooperative Development Services is a non-profit organization founded in 1985. Since its inception, CDShas been committed to providing a range of innovative, results-oriented, and cost-effective services to cooperatives [...]

By |2023-08-02T13:30:31-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Cooperative Development Services
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