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We promote and support
worker-owned cooperatives

Do you have a business idea? Are you willing to put in the time and effort to bring it to fruition? Can you gather a group of people to work together? We can help you find necessary training, legal assistance and financial support!

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Find out about our mission and what services we provide.

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Ready to take the next step?
You can become a member of a worker cooperative and take control of your life!

Who we are

We are a collective of community members concerned about the increasing inequities in our society and inspired by the rich ecosystem of cooperatives growing worldwide. We see worker cooperatives as a mechanism to help local people move towards economic self sufficiency through self-determination.

Grant Alert

The Westchester Cooperative Network is accepting grant applications to support the creation of worker-owned cooperatives in Westchester whose business mission is aligned with the seven cooperative principles.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated based on the group’s needs and impact on its community.

To apply: download the form and email the completed application to info@westchestercooperative.net

A limited number of grants of up to $10,000 is available

Meet a Worker Co-op: Home Care Edition

By Hell Gate NYC – May 17, 2022 “You decide what kind of job you have.” Clara Calvo, a worker-owner and home care worker, with her dog, Poochie, in her Washington Heights apartment. (Peter Senzamici/Hell Gate) Worker cooperatives are a business...

Meet a Worker Co-op: A Cleaning Platform Changing the Gig Economy

By Hell Gate NYC – May 24, 2022 The 32-year-old mother of three had dreams of starting her own business when moving to the U.S. from Mexico 15 years ago. With the co-op, now she has. Natividad Aguilar, 32, is a worker-owner at a cleaning company in Washington...

How We Converted to a Cooperative—and How You Can, Too

By Rachel Gertz – YES Magazine! – MAY 10, 2022 ILLUSTRATION BY KLAUS VEDFELT/GETTY IMAGES The healthiest and happiest companies in the world are democracies. At Louder Than Ten, the project management training company that I co-founded more than 13...

AHFC to Start Work on Carlton Street Flagship

By Buffalo Rising – January 13, 2022 The African Heritage Food Cooperative (AHFC) is planning to open a Buffalo location at 238 Carlton Street next year.  We’re now getting a look at what the new facility will look like.  The co-op will reuse the 3,838 sq. ft....

How worker cooperatives shift power to workers 

Designed to promote collective ownership and democratic decision-making, worker cooperatives may offer workers a path toward better pay and control over working conditions by Sydney Pereira PRISMREPORTS – April 11th, 2022 (iStock) Five years ago, the only...

Pillars

The 7 cooperative principles.

01

VOLUNTARY & OPEN MEMBERSHIP

Anyone can join a co-op—they don’t discriminate based on gender, social, racial, political or religious factors.

02

DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL

Members control their business by deciding how it’s run and who leads it.

03

MEMBERS' ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

All co-op members invest in their cooperative. This means people, not shareholders, benefit from a co-op’s profits.

04

AUTONOMY & INDEPENDENCE

When making business deals or raising money, co-ops never compromise their autonomy or democratic member control.

05

EDUCATION, TRAINING, INFORMATION

Co-ops provide education, training and information so their members can contribute effectively to the success of their co-op.

06

COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

Co-ops believe working together is the best strategy to empower their members and build a stronger co-op economy.

07

CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY

Co-ops are community-minded. They contribute to the sustainable development of their communities by sourcing and investing locally.

Take advantage of the resources available in our ecosystem

Supporting

A set of National and Regional organizations for and about worker cooperatives! They support every aspect of their development, help to coordinate their activities and advocate for legislation favorable to them. View More

Training

Do you have at least one partner and a business idea, but don’t know how to make it happen?
Here you will find workshops and courses that will train and coach you through the process. View More

Library

A collection of documents and videos to learn on your own all you need to start a cooperative. View More

Financial

Looking for financial support? Here are several lenders that will provide the means for building your cooperative. View More

Legal

Writing the by-laws and legally registering your cooperative are usually difficult processes for those that don’t have legal expertise. These organizations specialize in giving you the legal support that you’ll need. View More

Business

Starting any business is hard and requires expertise. These organizations help you solve your business challenges. View More

Farming

The US has a long tradition of farmer cooperatives (ncfc.org). These organizations support the new generation of farming cooperatives. View More

Conversions

More than half the businesses in the US are owned by people over 55 years old. The next decade will see a “silver tsunami” of baby boomer retirements. Many of them would sell their business to their employees to form worker-owned cooperatives. View More

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