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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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

Margaret Bau

USDA Cooperative Services focuses on co-op education, development, legal information, research, and farmer co-op statistics. We strive to connect co-ops with resources within USDA Rural Development and across the federal government. CW member Margaret Bau has been engaged in co-op development since 1998 across her home state of Wisconsin and nationally since 2015. Margaret has assisted in the formation of over 35 cooperatives in industries as diverse as homecare worker co-ops in long-term care, the forest products industry, distributing local foods into regional institutions, arts marketing and galleries, ownership conversions, disability services, [...]

By |2023-01-06T11:51:44-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Margaret Bau

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

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

Rural Grocery Initiative

The Rural Grocery Initiative, housed within K-State Research and Extension, aims to sustain locally-owned rural grocery stores to enhance community vitality and improve access to healthy foods by identifying, developing, and sharing resources that support grocers and rural communities. The Rural Grocery Initiative supports rural grocers and communities through technical assistance, research, informational resources, and events. We provide support to communities across the country, however, currently have a foothold in Kansas and the midwest. One are of expertise is in alternative ownership models. In Kansas, in particular, this has included nonprofits, public-private [...]

By |2023-01-04T14:14:56-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Rural Grocery Initiative

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)

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
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