Key Ingredients for New Cooperative Business Success

The CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program is a rigorous course for participants to develop the skills to start a new cooperative and assist groups to start new cooperative enterprises.

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Apr 07, 2014 08:00 AM
Apr 11, 2014 12:00 PM


Madison, Wisconsin

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The Art and Science of Starting a Cooperative Business

2013/2014 Cooperative Business Development Training Program for Practitioners

This program has been designed to deliver the best of what has been learned in the field of cooperative business development.  It consists of three intensive five-day sessions emphasizing the practical application of cooperative business development skills.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be prepared to develop a new cooperative business from inception through feasibility analysis, business planning, incorporation, capitalization, membership development, business launch and on-going operational stability and success.

The second session in the program examines the unique aspects of cooperative enterprises and the building of effective group capacity for the long-term success of the enterprise. Break-out case studies will track the practical applications of the methodologies in four existing cooperative businesses. Areas of study in Session Two of the training and certification program include:


-       Co-op Legal Structures and Taxation

-       Co-op Finance, Equity and Capitalization

-       Group Decision Making and Strategic Planning

-       Co-op Management Oversight

-       Keys to Achieving Operational Success


Course Tuition

Session Two, April 7-11, 2014

Members of CooperationWorks!                        $ 900 per participant plus room & board

Non-Members of CooperationWorks!            $1300 per participant plus room & board

Partial scholarships are available; contact Audrey Malan for more information: 307-655-9162 /

Enrollment and Registration

Enrollment in the CooperationWorks! training program is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be confirmed when full payment is received.


Participants may pre-register by emailing


CooperationWorks! is a national cooperative of cooperative business development centers and practitioners. Members provide expertise across all aspects of cooperative development, including feasibility analysis, business plan development, training and education. By sharing their knowledge through CooperationWorks!, members maximize resources, avoid duplication and bring the greatest benefit to the communities they serve.  To find out more about CW visit:

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