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Starting a cooperative business

Looking to start a business?

Learn about resources and support for starting a worker cooperative.

Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and democratically operated by the people who work there.

A worker cooperative is a flexible business model that works in many industries.

The City of Madison has longstanding worker cooperative businesses going back to the 1970s with new worker cooperatives incorporating every year.

 

Learn about

worker

cooperatives

during June

 

Co-ops 101

Imagine a business model where workers share in the ownership, decision-making, and profits of a business. Learn about local worker cooperatives and resources to start one.

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Co-ops 101 dates

Tuesday 6/4
@ the Central Library
201 W. Mifflin st

12-1:30 pm

Tuesday 6/4
via Zoom (sign up)
6:30-8 pm

Co-ops 201

What does it take to start up a worker cooperative business? Learn about the steps and requirements to develop your co-op.

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Co-ops 201 dates

Tuesday, 6/11
@ the Central Library
201 W. Mifflin st
12-1:30 pm

Tuesday, 6/11
via Zoom (sign up)
6:30-8 pm

Co-op Financing

Learn about start-up loans and microloans for worker cooperatives. With representatives from Shared Capital and Madison Kiva/WWBIC.

 

Co-op financing dates

Tuesday, 6/18
@ the Central Library
201 W. Mifflin st

12-1:30 pm

Tuesday, 6/18
via Zoom (sign up)
6:30-8 pm

 

Connect to expert advice, technical assistance, and resources at

Madison Cooperative Development Coalition

mcdcmadison.org

  

Questions? Email malvarado@madisonpublicilbrary.org.


Coop tour flyer June 2024

Tour will be departing at 10am from
Goodman South Madison Library
2222 S. Park St

sign up at this link/
apúntate aquí

registration is required
transportation and snacks will be provided

Presented in partnership with Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorc) madworc.org

Questions? Email malvarado@madisonpublicilbrary.org.


Books about worker cooperatives

  • how to start one
  • history
  • case studies
Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative

After 5 years of development, this workbook was designed to help union co-op teams develop their worker-ownership culture. The workbook contains the essentials of the co-op movement, labor movement, and the Mondragon cooperative network of Spain. It teaches the nuts and bolts of business financials, conflict management and team building skills.

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Jessica
Gordon Nembhard

In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.  Adding the cooperative movement to Black history results in a retelling of the African American experience, with an increased understanding of African American collective economic agency and grassroots economic organizing.