Worker Cooperative Ecosystem

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Tech Co-op Network  Industry AssociationsThe Tech Co-op Network is the network of North American tech worker co-ops- worker cooperatives that provide media, communications, and computer technology goods and services.
California Center for Cooperative DevelopmentDavisCARegional EcosystemCCCD promotes cooperative identity, values, and principles to advance the contemporary cooperative movement by providing education, technical assistance, and by helping different types of cooperatives unite across these common themes.
Concerned CapitalLos AngelesCAFunders Concerned Capital is dedicated to working with organizations interested in transitioning ownership to employees to maintain quality jobs. Concerned Capital also helps businesses plan for expansions and restructuring and secure minority business certification, new markets tax credits, and SBA financing.
Arizmendi Association of CooperativesOaklandCAIndustry AssociationsThe Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, founded in 1996, develops democratically run businesses whose worker-owners are in control of their livelihood.
Democracy at Work InstituteOaklandCANational EcosystemThe Democracy at Work Institute expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to reach those communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality. It ensures that further growth in the worker cooperative movement is both rooted in worker cooperatives themselves and reaches out to new communities of worker-owners, particularly low-income people, people of color, and recent immigrants.
Omni Oakland CommonsOaklandCAConsultantsOmni Oakland Commons are 12 Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision of more equitable commoning of resources and meeting human needs over private interests or corporate profit.
Project EquityOaklandCANational EcosystemProject Equity helps businesses and communities discover the power of employee ownership.
ProsperaOaklandCAIndustry AssociationsProspera envisions a vibrant ecosystem of Latina-owned cooperatives transforming communities and local economies and building prosperity for the benefit of all.
Sustainable Economies Law CenterOaklandCAConsultantsThe Sustainable Economies Law Center cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide essential legal tools – education, research, advice, and advocacy so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
The National Center for Employee OwnershipOaklandCANational EcosystemThe National Center for Employee Ownership is a nonprofit supporting the employee ownership community.
US Federation of Worker CooperativesOaklandCANational EcosystemThe US Federation of Worker Cooperatives works to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker ownership. We advance worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy, and development.
USFWC Co-op ClinicOaklandCAConsultantsFormerly the Democracy at Work Network (DAWN), The USFWC Co-op Clinic has a network of peer advisors, all with strong social and professional ties, who provide technical assistance services to worker cooperatives.
Network of Bay Area Worker CooperativesSan FranciscoCARegional EcosystemThe Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. NoBAWC is comprised primarily of worker cooperatives.
Cooperation Works!San Francisco Bay AreaCAConsultantsCooperation Works! is a national network of cooperative development centers.
Santa Cruz Community VenturesSanta CruzCAConsultantsSanta Cruz Community Ventures, our outreach partner in the Central Coast Region of California, is a nonprofit organization focused on building an inclusive economy. They are committed to doing their work in ways that remove systemic barriers to economic equity in a variety of family-centered, culturally appropriate ways.
Teamworks Development InstituteSunnyvaleCAIndustry AssociationsThe TeamWorks Development Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It partners with worker-owned house cleaning cooperatives and community organizations to transform a $10 billion industry characterized by “dead-end” low-wage jobs into an arena for powerful economic and social development. The organization was formally established in 2016 but grew directly out of founder David Smathers Moore’s 12 years of experience developing the TeamWorks Cleaning cooperative and consulting with other cooperatives.
Colorado Employee Ownership NetworkDenverCORegional EcosystemHoused in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Employee Ownership Network brings together subject matter experts such as employee-owned businesses, attorneys, and economic development experts to promote employee ownership in Colorado. Employee-owned businesses promote a higher quality of living for the employee-owners themselves – including higher wages and a longer job tenure and secure greater economic stability for their communities.
Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership CenterDenverCORegional EcosystemThe Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Centers’ mission is to change the current economic system to a system of inclusion by providing pathways to, and advocating for, employee ownership!
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development CenterDenverCORegional EcosystemThe RMFU Educational and Charitable Foundation provides technical assistance and funding to rural and urban efforts to create marketing, processing, or service cooperatives focusing on local foods, renewable energy, and healthcare. RMFU partners with the USDA and other agencies to help producers start cooperatives and other business ventures.
Community Purchasing AllianceWashingtonDCConsultantsThe Community Purchasing Alliance provides its members with management consulting and community organizing, resulting in market insights and meaningful savings.
Cooperative Development FoundationWashingtonDCNational EcosystemThe Cooperative Development Foundation raises public awareness of the cooperative business model, committing our financial resources to support the creation and incubation of sustainable cooperative development.
National Cooperative BankWashingtonDCFunders NCB’s customers are cooperatives, such as grocery wholesaler co-ops, food co-ops, purchasing co-ops, credit unions, or housing co-ops.
National Cooperative Business AssociationWashingtonDCNational EcosystemThe National Cooperative Business Association works to develop, advance, and protect cooperative enterprise; our work highlights the impact that cooperatives have in the economic success of communities around the world. Internationally, our mission is to alleviate poverty through economic and social empowerment.
The Democracy CollaborativeWashingtonDCNational EcosystemThe Democracy Collaborative works to catalyze the transformation of our economy, working to build community wealth and create a next system anchored in democratic ownership.
North American Students of Cooperation Development ServicesChicagoILNational EcosystemThe North American Students of Cooperation Development Services provide services to developing groups and build connections in the cooperative development ecosystem.
Indiana Cooperative Development CenterIndianapolisINRegional EcosystemThe Indiana Cooperative Development Center helps develop and launch cooperative organizations in Indiana.
Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentElizabethtownKYRegional EcosystemThe Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development works to facilitate agricultural and rural business development in Kentucky.
Louisiana Academy for Collective EnterpriseNew OrleansLARegional EcosystemThe Louisiana Academy for Collective Enterprise is dedicated to educating Louisiana residents about collective enterprises. LACE strives to provide resources to help collectively owned businesses develop, start, and grow.
Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives MARegional EcosystemThe Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives is dedicated to building a sustainable local economy by facilitating the support, development, and promotion of worker cooperatives in Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont.
Start.CoopBostonMAIncubatorsStart.coop provides strategic tools, knowledge, and investment that empowers entrepreneurs in building transformative, scaleable, cooperatively owned businesses.
Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of Greater BostonBostonMARegional EcosystemThe Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of Greater Boston is a network of worker-owned cooperatives, co-op developers, and those seeking support to start worker cooperatives.
Local Enterprise Assistance FundBrooklineMAFunders LEAF’s mission is to promote human and economic development by providing financing and development assistance to cooperatives and social purpose ventures that create and save jobs for low-income people. Since its founding over 30 years ago, LEAF has invested and leveraged over $91 million, resulting in the creation or retention of more than 6,600 jobs.
Ownership AssociatesCambridgeMAConsultantsOwnership Associates serves as a strategic advisor to both sellers and employee groups interested in employee ownership.
Boston Center for Community OwnershipDorchesterMARegional EcosystemBCCO is a cooperative business providing training and consulting to the co-op and solidarity economy sector.
Cooperative Development InstituteNorthamptonMARegional EcosystemThe Cooperative Development Institute works with people in the Northeast to create cooperative businesses and networks that grow a prosperous, equitable economy.
Data CommonsNorthamptonMANational EcosystemThe Data Commons co-op greases the flow of data between communities in the cooperative, solidarity, new, call-it-what-you-will economy.
Cooperative Fund of New EnglandWatertownMAFunders The Cooperative Fund of New England is a community development loan fund that facilitates socially responsible investing in cooperatives, community-oriented nonprofits, and worker-owned businesses in New England and adjacent communities in New York.
The Cooperative Fund of New EnglandWatertownMAFunders The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) encourages cooperative development by making loans and providing technical assistance to co-ops, worker-owned businesses, and community-based nonprofits.
Worcester Roots Co-op AcademyWorcesterMAIncubatorsWorcester Roots works to create opportunities for economic, social, and environmental justice. We send these roots of opportunity into our communities, sprouting up cooperatively run and green projects and initiatives that build toward our vision of neighborhoods that are safe for living, working, and playing.
Staffing CooperativeBaltimoreMDConsultantsThe Staffing Cooperative is creating a network of worker-owned staffing firms.
Center for Community-Based EnterpriseDetroitMIConsultantsC2BE provides legal, business planning, marketing, and employee training expertise to help you create living-wage jobs through employee ownership.​
Cooperative Development ServicesSt. PaulMNConsultantsCooperative Development Services provides organizational and developmental guidance to communities seeking to start new co-ops in all sectors of the economy and planning assistance to existing co-ops seeking to expand.
Nexus Community PartnersSt. PaulMNConsultantsNexus, our partner in the Twin Cities region, works with community-based organizations in low-wealth areas to support them in creating communities that reflect the vision and creativity of the people who live and work there.
Shared Capital CooperativeSt. PaulMNFunders Shared Capital Cooperative provides financing to cooperative businesses and housing throughout the United States.
The Great Game of BusinessSpringfieldMOConsultantsThe Great Game of Business helps companies move to open-book management.
Cooperation JacksonJacksonMSIncubatorsBuilding a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.
Montana Cooperative Development CenterGreat FallsMTRegional EcosystemThe MCDC is a stand-alone 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. As the statewide resource for cooperative development, the 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, the 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. The MCDC works with groups across Montana to develop innovative cooperative business in retail, fitness, manufacturing, agriculture, marketing, housing, transportation, tourism, and geotourism.
The Industrial Commons NCRegional EcosystemWe are growing the largest cluster of democratically run industrial workspaces and employee-owned businesses in the US.
Fund for Democratic CommunitiesGreensboroNCRegional EcosystemThe Fund for Democratic Communities supports community-based initiatives and institutions that foster authentic democracy to make communities better places to live.
Nebraska Cooperative Development CenterLincolnNERegional EcosystemThe Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is dedicated to assisting people to prosper in rural areas by helping them work together through cooperative business development.
Rising Tide CapitalJersey CityNJFunders Rising Tide provides training and technical assistance for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs who are traditionally not served by higher education for reasons that include access, ability to pay, and general progression through the educational system. A typical business owner is 40 years old, female, with two children, earning less than $35,000. The program starts with a 12-week intensive course focused on the development of a business concept, followed by a year of one-on-one coaching after startup. Most of the businesses operate in a retail environment, but the organization has begun to develop relationships with area anchor institutions, including Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey City University, and Jersey City Medical Center.
The Cooperative Catalyst of New Mexico NMRegional EcosystemThe Cooperative Catalyst of New Mexico has a vision of 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.
Las Vegas Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative ServicesLas VegasNVRegional EcosystemLas Vegas Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services works to help facilitate the development of a new worker-owned economy in Las Vegas through outreach, education, grant-research, networking, legislation, lobbying, and counseling for worker self-directed enterprise development.
Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI)BronxNYRegional EcosystemThe BCDI, in partnership with the urban planning school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completed a study in 2013 that identified short-, medium-, and long-term opportunities for broad-based economic development in five priority sectors: energy, health, manufacturing, food, and education. Since that time, BCDI has worked to develop a local business procurement platform, which the group envisions as being a digital marketplace that connects Bronx anchors and nonprofits with small businesses. 
Bronx Innovation FactoryBronxNYConsultantsThe Bronx Innovation Factory is a technology and advanced manufacturing program focused on shared wealth creation and innovations that matter for Bronx residents, because the Bronx has always been a wellspring of creativity, and Bronxites should be able to turn their ideas into wealth-generating businesses.
BronXchangeBronxNYRegional EcosystemThe BronXchange, a for-profit LLC subsidiary of the BCDI, connects Bronx institutions and nonprofit organizations with high-road, local businesses making it easy for institutions to support local economic development and for businesses to grow.
Green Worker Cooperative – Coop AcademyBronxNYIncubatorsThe Green Worker Cooperative is dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice.
Business Outreach Center NetworkBrooklynNYConsultantsBusiness Outreach Center Network’s mission is to improve the economic prospects of traditionally underserved groups, with a focus on low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs and their communities, thereby creating genuinely brighter futures.
Cooperative Development Program of the Center for Family LifeBrooklynNYIncubatorsOrganize cooperative businesses to create living-wage jobs in a safe environment, and provide social support and educational opportunities for their members.
New York City Network of Worker CooperativesBrooklynNYRegional EcosystemThe New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC) is the trade association for worker cooperative businesses in the NYC metropolitan region.
Community & Economic Development Clinic at CUNY Law SchoolLong Island CityNYConsultantsThe Community & Economic Development Clinic at CUNY Law School addresses economic inequality in marginalized communities in New York City through litigation, transactional representation, grassroots community advocacy, and policy reform.
Urban Upbound Worker Cooperative ProgramLong Island CityNYIncubatorsUrban Upbound serves public housing residents and other low-income New Yorkers to break cycles of poverty.
Cooperative Economic Alliance of New York CityNew YorkNYRegional EcosystemThe Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City strengthens and expands community-led, democratically-controlled initiatives from the worker, financial, and consumer co-ops to community land trusts and gardens, mutual housing, and low-income housing co-ops. Our goal is to build an economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.
Federation of Protestant Welfare AgenciesNew YorkNYConsultantsFPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to economic opportunity and upward mobility. Having a prominent New York presence for nearly 100 years, FPWA has long served New York City’s social service sector, providing grants to help individuals and families meet their basic needs, and advocating for fair public policies on behalf of people in need and the agencies that serve them. FPWA’s member network of more than 170 faith and community-based organizations reaches more than 1.5 million people in New York’s communities each year.
TakeRoot Justice New YorkNYConsultantsTakeRoot Justice provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression.
The Working WorldNew YorkNYConsultantsThe Working World builds cooperative businesses in low-income communities, using a groundbreaking model that combines non-extractive finance with tailor-made business support.
Worker Cooperative Business Development InitiativeNew YorkNYIncubatorsGet help with starting and managing a worker cooperative. The WCBDI will help you start a business from scratch. We provide not only training on the basic skills to run a business, but we’ll help you launch an operational worker cooperative.
Worker’s Justice ProjectNew YorkNYIncubatorsWorker’s Justice Project (WJP) is a Brooklyn-based immigrant workers’ rights organization committed to building worker power to win better working conditions.
Co-Op CincyCincinnatiOHRegional EcosystemCo-op Cincy (formerly Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative) creates an economy that works for everyone one that supports family-sustaining jobs, provides business ownership opportunities for underserved and marginalized people, and is accountable to the communities that drive it.
Evergreen Business ServicesClevelandOHRegional EcosystemEvergreen Business Services acts as the “back office” for three employee-owned cooperatives whose business models aim to meet anchor institution procurement needs while providing living wage jobs, benefits, and a share of the profits for workers who are drawn from low-income, largely Black neighborhoods in Cleveland.
The Fund for Employee OwnershipClevelandOHFunders Our Acquire, Convert and Support strategy allows business owners to enter into a transaction with us that looks and feels like a sale to any other buyer. No learning curve associated with employee conversions; a substantial initial liquidity event, apple to apple comparisons with other purchase offers; and the opportunity to stay engaged with a gradual exit.
National Society of Accountants for CooperativesDaytonOHNational EcosystemThe National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives is comprised of professionals actively involved in the financial management and planning of cooperative business.
Ohio Employee Ownership CenterKentOHRegional EcosystemOhio Employee Ownership Center supports the development of business across Ohio and around the world by its efforts that are proven to save jobs, create wealth, and grow the economy.
Rouge Co-Ops Start a Co-Op Contest ORIncubatorsRogue Co-ops is a collaboration of four co-ops in Southern Oregon and Northern California that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving cooperative economy and a vibrant community of cooperative enterprise. Rogue Co-ops provides Southern Oregon and Northern California residents with everything from high-quality groceries and garden supplies, to farm and pet supplies, home, auto, and business loans, and much more. Formed in January 2012 to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives, together the Ashland Food Co-op, Rogue Credit Union, Grange Co-op, and Medford Food Coop combined represent the eighth-largest employer in the region.
Manage My CoopEugeneORFunders Saving you time, money, and effort by simplifying group buys.
Keystone Development CenterEphrataPARegional EcosystemThe Keystone Development Center (KDC) has a mission to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively-owned businesses.
Philadelphia Area Cooperative AlliancePhiladelphiaPARegional EcosystemThe Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a co-op of co-ops! We are worker co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, artist co-ops, credit unions, energy co-ops, and school co-ops across the Philadelphia region.
Praxis Consulting GroupPhiladelphiaPAConsultantsThe Praxis Consulting Group strengthens productive workplaces where people are empowered and share in the value they help create. We develop leaders, build effective teams, and guide organizations to create a lasting impact and enduring value.
Austin Cooperative Business AssociationAustinTXNational EcosystemAustin Cooperative Business Association is a joint project between cooperatives in the Austin area and the National Cooperative Business Association that aims to benefit and expand cooperative businesses in Central Texas. The ACBA plans to help increase the membership and profitability of cooperative businesses, connect compatible cooperatives, and raise awareness of the benefits of cooperatives among consumers, economic development organizations, and state and local governments.
Capital Impact PartnersArlingtonVAFunders Capital Impact Partners is the development arm of the NCB; it handles “riskier” loans, new ventures, and start-ups.
ColuminateBrattleboroVTConsultantsColuminate is a national consulting cooperative serving mission-driven organizations, including food co-ops, electric co-ops, healthcare organizations, credit unions, schools, and nonprofits.
Vermont Employee Ownership CenterBurlingtonVTRegional EcosystemThe Vermont Employee Ownership Center works to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.
Northwest Cooperative Development CenterOlympiaWARegional EcosystemNorthwest Cooperative Development Center works to foster community economic development through the cooperative business model.
Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship Community EnterpriseSeattleWAIncubatorsThe CIE’s Community Enterprise program is your place to find training and one-on-one support to help you launch and grow your business.