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“For Profit Cooperatives:

                                            How Do They Work?

We’ll be digging in after intros. – Overview  of cooperatives – Formation and Ownership: New co-ops vs. converting existing businesses, how  they are financed, how they operate in the macro market – Operating Structures:  entity types, accounting, compensation methods, membership and HR – Governance: what the cooperative principles recommend, methods of decision making, efficiently “steering the ship”

Q&A Throughout

What businesses can you think of that might function well as a co-op? How could a co-op be used to help people start a business that might otherwise not be able to do so?

Thanks to the Office of the Mayor, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Small Business Development Manager for co-sponsoring!

DATE/TIME: Friday January 26 at 3:30 – 5 PM

PLACE: CITISTAT Training Room 

               City County Building 6th Floor

               414 Grant Street Pittsburgh 15219


What next? How can The Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives help you help your constituents and clients? How can we help others who might be interested what coops are and how they work? How can we use the concept of cooperatives to create a more equitable Pittsburgh?







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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