Resources

The following is a list of great sources for starting and sustaining cooperative.  The cooperative movement has learned great lessons over the past 150 years and many cooperatives and organizations are glad to share information and knowledge with other cooperatives.  This supports the 6th value of cooperatives, Cooperation Amongst Cooperatives, and helps to build a stronger movement of democratic businesses and organizations.

Worker Co-ops

US Federation of Worker Cooperatives,www.usworker.coop

Democracy at Work Institute dawi.usworker.coop

Democracy at Work Network,www.dawn.coop

American Worker Cooperative,www.american.coop

ICA Group,www.ica-group.org

Understanding Worker-Owned Cooperatives: A Strategic Guide for Organizers,http://www.communitychange.org/uploads/files/worker-ownedcoops11_30.pdf

WAGES,www.wagescooperatives.org

 

US Co-op Resources                                   

CooperationWorks!,www.cooperationworks.coop

National Cooperative Business Association,www.ncba.coop

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives,www.uwcc.wisc.edu

Cooperative Development Institute www.cdi.coop

 

International

International Cooperative Alliance,www.ica.coop

Funding

Cooperative Fund of New England,www.coopfund.coop

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund,www.leaffund.org

National Cooperative Bank,www.ncb.coop

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet),www.acenetworks.org

Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund,www.ncdf.coop

Legal

Co-op Law Center,http://www.co-oplaw.org/

 

Starting a Co-op

Co-op 101: A Guide to Starting a Cooperative,www.cdi.coop/CDIcompletestart-uppkt2010.pd

Vital Steps: A Cooperative Feasibility Study Guide,www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/sr58.pdf

 

Credit Unions

Report of the CUNA Cooperative Alliances Committee (pdf)

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