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 [...]
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, [...]
Food Co-op Initiative is a non-profit 501c(3) that was created to provide resources and support for communities that want to start new food co-ops. We can offer you support, referrals, and access to training material so that you will have the best chance for a creating a successful co-op or buying club. New Food Co-ops Start Here!
The mission of Lake County Community Development Corporation 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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our Vision is of a culture throughout New Mexico which supports wealth building and a more just economic system, with economic opportunities available to people from diverse areas and populations and in communities throughout the State. Our Mission is to empower communities and individuals to create local wealth, catalyzing and fostering local cooperatives through technical, management, education / training and financial support. We aim to catalyze the creation of a generative cooperative ecosystem