In order to understand several different business models, we researched the following three cooperative developers in depth:
Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives
The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is made up of seven member businesses: six cooperative bakeries and a development and support collective in the Bay Area.
Prospera is a co-op developer rooted in deep partnerships with community-based organizations, industry experts, businesses, foundations, and the founding worker-owners of the co-ops they support.
The Working World U.S.
TWW is a non-profit that provides financial investment and technical support for worker cooperatives using a model that puts money at the service of people, not the other way around.
Other cooperative developers we learned from and are inspired by:
Cooperation Texas is an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support, and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives.
Green Worker Cooperatives
Green Worker Cooperatives is a South-Bronx based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice.
Project Equity works to re-envision community economic development to shift control locally and build economic resiliency in low income communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.