Westchester cooperative network




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

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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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

Latinas form cleaning co-op for safety, fair wages

By Cathy Dyson fredericksburg.com Apr 26, 2023 For almost 20 years, a group of women who fled Latin American countries because of violence against them have been supporting each other in the Fredericksburg area, throughout Virginia and into Washington and Maryland....

Washington adopts new program to help businesses become employee-owned

By Monica Nickelsburg kuow.org April 20 2023 Washington lawmakers want to make it easier to form businesses without bosses. They passed a bill Wednesday that provides support and resources for companies seeking to become employee-owned. A few different...

Meet… Xiomara Nuñez de Cespedes, chair of the ICA Gender Equality Committee 

‘This year we highlight the advances of women in the digital age and emphasize the need for a commitment to increase the number of women empowered’ By Anca Voinea thenews.coop April 17 2023 Xiomara Nuñez de Céspedes comes from the Cooperativa de...

Book review: Visions of a co-operative democracy to reshape society

Cooperation: A political, economic and social theory, Bernard E Harcourt, Columbia £28 By Miles Hadfield Co-operative News 22 March 2023 In recent years there have been a number of books spelling out co-operation as a solution to the world’s ills. Here’s another,...

Co-op Group maintains underlying profitability while reducing debt

The sale of petrol forecourts last year had an impact on revenue and profitability but the retailer continues to expand its online offer By Anca Voinea Co-operative News April 5th 2023 The Co-op Group published its annual report today (5 April), which...


The 7 cooperative principles.



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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