Forum on Employee Ownership, April 2

Co-op supporters are encouraged to gather at the State House at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, for a panel discussion on employee ownership. Senate President Karen Spilka will be on hand, as well Sen. Julian Cyr, the sponsor of legislation to promote employee ownership (S.1630). Brunch will be provided by GBCC member Olio Culinary Collective. The forum will be held in the Senate Reading Room on the third floor.

If you plan to attend, you may also want to contact your state senator and/or representative to let them know that you’ll be there, and to encourage them to come as well. If you’re not sure who your state legislators are, you can look them up online.

Download this flier for more information. Please spread the word.

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Business Finance Basics Training | Taller: Las Finanzas de Negocios 101

Sábado el 13 abril, 2019

9:30 a.m.: La inscripción; café y refrigerios
10am-1pm: Taller: las finanzas de negocios 101

Iglesia de St. Paul, Lower Sproat Room
138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

Es importante, como miembro de una cooperativa, monitorear el estado de las finanzas de su cooperativa. En este taller, aprenderá cómo interpretar los informes financieros de las empresas Y entender mejor cómo monitorear el estado de las finanzas de su empresa. También obtendrá cierta exposición a las herramientas de contabilidad de gestión, incluidos los cheques y saldos para prevenir o detectar errores / accidentes / fraude, la contabilidad de la equidad de los propietarios de los trabajadores en las cuentas de capital, el presupuesto como herramienta de planificación, la gestión de efectivo y la creación / uso de un Informe rápido o tablero de negocios.

Usamos una escala móvil para los costos de inscripción. Favor de pagar lo más que pueda.

Aunque este taller está dirigida a los miembros de las cooperativas, todos pueden inscribirse. Gente involucrada en grupos luchando para la justicia social más generalmente y particularmente gente trabajando en la solidaridad económica se beneficiarán de este taller.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:30am: Registration opens; coffee and refreshments
10am-1pm: Business Finance Basics Training

Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Lower Sproat Room
138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

Keeping an eye on the financial health of your co-op is an important part of your role as a member. This training will teach you to read basic financial statements of any business and to understand key performance and business health indicators. You will also gain some exposure to management accounting tools, including checks and balances to prevent or detect errors/accidents/fraud, accounting for worker-owners’ equity in capital accounts, budgeting as a planning tool, cash management, and creating/using a flash report or business dashboard.

Registration fees are on a sliding scale. Please pay what you can afford.

  • Members of GBCC: $10-$25 per person

  • Three or more people from the same member co-op: $5-$20 per person

  • Join the Chamber as an individual member and register: $30-$45 per person

  • Register as a non-member: $20-$35 per person

While this workshop is geared toward members and staff of worker, housing, and consumer cooperatives, anyone is welcome to register. Those involved in social justice groups more generally and particularly those working in the Solidarity Economy/New Economy movement would benefit from this training.

Getting there

  • By MBTA: Near the Red, Orange, Green, and Silver Lines.

  • By car: Parking (paid) is available in the garage across the street.


Recognition for Book on Tech Platform Co-ops


Congratulations to Micky Metts of GBCC member Agaric. Micky contributed a chapter to Ours to Hack and to Own, a book on platform co-ops that was selected by Wired as one of the Top 10 Tech Books of 2017.

The book calls for more collective ownership of web platforms so their revenue can be shared and decisions about data made by those who generated it. Micky’s chapter is “Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Tech Co-op.”