If you’ve been wondering how to turn your existing business or business idea into a co-op, we’ve compiled a list of resource links to get you started:
Things to consider when starting a worker co-op
Checklist for Starting a Worker-Cooperative by Boston’s Center for Community Ownership
Information about Starting a New Cooperative by Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of New England (WORCN)
Guide to Starting a Cooperative by Co-op Development Institute
Boston Center for Community Ownership: a cooperative business that provides training and consulting to the co-op/solidarity economy sector
Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of New England: a network of worker-owned co-ops and co-op developers. Site includes resources on regional co-op networks, starting/converting to a co-op, etc.
City of Boston’s Employee Ownership Help: Boston-specific support for co-ops and employee-owned businesses. Site includes links to on-site technical help, workshops, loans, procurement, education around grants and other city policies that favor co-ops.
Industrial Cooperative Association (ICA) Group: Regional resource applying expert analysis, results-based planning, and collaborative management to helping start and grow worker cooperatives. Site includes detailed resources on co-op fundamentals, starting/converting to co-op, and scaling co-op businesses.
Co-op Development Institute (CDI): Regional resource dedicated to assisting co-operators. Site includes wide range of resources, including starting how-tos, sector-specific resources, regional educational opportunities, and recommended readings.
Ownership Associates: A private consulting firm founded by Christopher Mackin
National resources and networks
Democracy at Work Institute: a think-and-do-tank that marries on-the-ground-experience with cooperative businesses to a bird’s-eye view of the national stage. Site includes a wide range of resources for start-ups, conversions, growth, etc.
US Federation of Worker Co-ops: national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives. Site includes recommended reading on cooperatives and membership directories.
Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (primarily for ICA Group clients)