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SESSION 2: Saturday October 21 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM     –     DIGGING IN!

     At the Carnegie Library at 7101 Hamilton Avenue in Homewood, Pittsburgh 15208

An immersive community workshop series to explore, organize, and launch cooperative businesses. Speakers and training to get you ready and confident to start your own worker-owned business.
WHY? Better pay, working conditions, and community support, for starters.

  • What are the legal, financial, and operational issues? How are decisions made efficiently?
  • Facilitators are Pittsburgh people who work in cooperatives.
  • Come if you want to develop your cooperative business, hear more, and find out how you can help the cooperative movement for all Pittsburghers, if you’re exploring converting to or starting a cooperative, or if you’re just curious!
  • You do not need to already be in business and you can absolutely be at the idea stage. This is designed to support teams in the early stages of their business, including the idea stage.

Your only cost is your time and effort.



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Read the story on the PCOC’s Covivi platform cooperative in the Post-Gazette.

The Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives is the hands-on resource for  worker-owned and member-owned businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Our mission is to develop and implement a cooperative business infrastructure – an ecosystem for worker-owned and member-owned businesses to thrive – in the Pittsburgh area. We work with Pittsburgh’s cooperatives, inclusive economic development initiatives, and individuals.

The PCOC raises awareness of cooperative business culture, facilitates the formation of new cooperatives, assists in the conversion of existing businesses to cooperatives, provides guidance on cooperative governance, builds community loyalty to cooperatives, and brings visibility to the triple bottom line advantage of cooperative businesses in the region.


Cooperatives are for people with any level of background, skill set, or financial means. Combining forces to form worker-owned businesses or member-owned purchasing cooperatives is a way for anyone to increase visibility and scale – and therefore opportunity – to better compete for business in today’s climate and especially in many of the new development initiatives in the region’s communities.

Our services are:

  • informational networking events,
  • hands-on workshops and startup assistance,
  • advocacy to remove barriers to cooperative opportunity, and
  • business coaching tailored to worker-owned cooperative businesses.

We’re gearing up to provide this entire menu!

The benefits of cooperatives are many. Here are some: 1) cooperatives are owned by members, so they build wealth 2) they’re locally focused, so cooperatives make communities more resilient 3) cooperatives work on the triple bottom line principle: for people, planet, and profit 4) members of cooperatives share the burden in hard times and the benefits in good times 5) and cooperatives are run democratically. Now that’s American business!


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