The 2017-2018 “C-School” (Cooperative School) our Think Outside the Boss Workshop Series! SESSION 4: “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. We want your questions! 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? REGISTER NOW HERE! SESSION 2: Saturday October 21 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM 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. Your only cost is your time and effort. Speakers: Bianca Barnett-Harris, Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative Josh Lucas, Work Hard Pittsburgh, a cooperative tech incubator. Zaheen Hussain, Allegheny Solar Cooperative get a flyer here. BUT FIRST! A small business resource fair to hook you up with know-how about cooperatives. PLEASE REGISTER HERE Thursday, October 12th at One Hope Square October is Cooperatives month! Come out and learn more. Meet members of the Ujamaa Collective women’s artists cooperative. Attend this resource fair and walk away with new connections and resources. Light refreshments will be served. Join exhibitors from non-profit groups and others all over Pittsburgh who can help you start or grow your small business! Learn about available assistance with your building, your business plan, financing, mentorship, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses. Exhibitors include local non-profits, financial institutions, and business consultants. This is a free event and most services offered are free or very low cost. Co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, the URA, the Mansmann Foundation, Kiva, & the Hebrew Free Loan Association Have questions or interested in being an exhibitor? Contact Ellen Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE REGISTER HERE OCTOBER 2018: Pittsburgh Cooperates! A weekend of events with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, a leading voice in the history and workings of cooperatives, and especially Black cooperatives. All free events, co-sponsored by the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative, Metro Urban Institute of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Ujamaa Collective, and the Urban Kind Institute! Please check out our COVIVI demo at the Social Justice Innovation Weekend Monday evening February 20th at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater! (We’re developing it slowly but surely…) Complete events: + Come in from the Cold .. at the East End Food Co-op for a Co-opoly Game Play Saturday January 28 from 1-4 PM East End Food Coop Conference Room at the Power Center Co-opoly Untournament & Holiday Meet-Up Tuesday December 6, 2016 5-9 PM Future Tenant Gallery in the Cultural District 819 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh 15222 Meet others from the Pittsburgh area working on, interested in, and supporting cooperative business and community initiatives. Refreshments, music, and entertainment. Free, but an RSVP would be great for planning! Think Outside the Boss – Governance Cooperatives are governed to varying degrees by consensus. Come to this workshop to learn an efficient and effective method for deciding in cooperative businesses and work groups. Learn it by doing it. November 5, 2016 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm at OLA’s HERB SHOP and BOTANICALS 5824 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor – Pittsburgh, PA 15217 With appreciation for support from and Worker Cooperatives Live! Or …all about business where you, your community, and the Earth matter most October 20, 2016 6:00pm to 9:00pm at SPIRIT LODGE 242 E. 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Free event ~ food and drinks available ~ ID req’d by the establishment Come to meet Cooperative worker-owners tell their stories of sharing ownership and its radical advantages. Network with other regional businesses, community groups, and entrepreneurs. PLUS a game corner for hands-on learning to run your own co-op! RSVP to stay connected! OCTOBER IS COOPERATIVES MONTH WORLDWIDE! GET A FLYER AND POST IT! Cooperatives Workshop October 8! Join us October 8 at 11 AM at the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Cooperative Farmers Market at 7240 Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. The PCOC will hold a one-hour workshop on cooperatives, focusing on worker-owned businesses. Check back for a follow-up workshop on cooperative business decision making in November! Click HERE to be contacted about it! …Also free of charge. Small Business Resource Fair: Cooperatives Edition Tuesday October 11 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM Beechview Carnegie Library 1910 Broadway Avenue in Beechview 15216 Co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh RSVP here (not required but you won’t miss access to helpful resources) This for 1) people who have a conventional business and are considering converting it to a cooperative and 2) people exploring starting a cooperative from the ground up. People in both situations will also have the opportunity to meet people to help with financing, regulatory and permitting and licensing matters, real estate, and workforce development, to name a few important sides of any successful business. Come to attend and grow Pittsburgh’s democratically owned business scene! Free of charge. PCOC member East End Food Coop is screening this inspiring film about cooperatives past, present, and future, on October 13, 2016 at 7:00pm at The East End Food Co-op 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 Co-opoly “Untournament” in AUGUST Friday August 19th – 6-8:30 PM Biddle’s Escape Upstairs 401 Biddle Avenue in Wilkinsburg Intro to cooperative business, play a board game that realistically simulates running a cooperative, meet people in cooperative business, and ask your questions. We’ll have answers! RSVP (not required but helps us plan) HERE. CO-OP WORKSHOP JUNE 8! 5:30 PM at the BRADDOCK LIBRARY 419 Library Street Braddock, PA 15104 We at the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives would like to meet people who want more from their work and are looking for a better way to make a living. Learn about cooperatives from people you know and some new folks. What are their advantages? Challenges? Meet other folks in your community interested in cooperatives, and hear from members of a worker owned enterprise about their experience. Bring a dish to share if you can. We’ll have a simple dinner for all participants at this FREE EVENT. Share a flyer for posting or distribution… With appreciation for support from and CO-OPOLY “UNTOURNAMENT” APRIL 12 at REPAIR THE WORLD! Join us for a potluck game night to play “Co-opoly”, a real-world entrepreneurial game where you are a member of a cooperative. Learn about cooperatives. Test your collaborative skill. Or just watch. Schmooze with this year’s Repair the World Fellows, other folks curious about cooperatives, and members of a worker owned enterprise. Bring a dish to share if you can. 6-8 PM TUESDAY APRIL 12 6022 Broad Street Pittsburgh 15206 With appreciation for support from and Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives GAME NIGHT! JANUARY 19 at EAST END BREWING! Join us for an entertaining game called “Co-opoly” which is what it sounds like: a real-world entrepreneurial game but you are a member of a cooperative. Music, refreshments, and the board game Co-opoly! Learn about cooperatives and test your collaborative skill! 7-9 PM JAN 19 at East End Brewing ~ 147 Julius Street Pittsburgh 15206 RSVP here to give us an idea of attendance for planning. Thanks! November 25, 2015 Hi, East Enders and cooperative supporters! Pin Up Posters Courier Collective is looking to hire a new member for our worker-owned cooperative. We are hiring for a East-End-heavy delivery route, so please check out the details at our website ..... FOUND!!! BUT CHECK OUT PIN UP POSTERS HERE August 26, 2015 Pittsburgh Chamber of Coops represents at the Kingsley Association’s Urban Green Growth Collaborative Monthly Meeting Co-Founders Ron Gaydos and Jeff Jaeger were on hand to make a presentation on the cooperative movement, the cooperative business model, and how the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives can help new and existing worker-owned businesses. Also on the panel were: Marteen Garay speaking on Urban Innovation 21’s 1Worker1Vote collabration Gabe McMorland, Thomas Merton Center New Economy Campaign on the cooperative principles and movement, and Ben Ledewitz, Co-founder of the Three Rivers Workers Guild worker-owned construction and landscaping company The 30 attendees from around the area listened, asked many questions, and made helpful suggestions on what types of cooperative business opportunities would work best, according to local needs and skilled people available. July 31, 2015 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Screening of Shift Change, a new film about worker-owned cooperatives. 6:00 PM at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh, 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh 15208 FREE ADMISSION What if all kinds of workers owned their workplace, and each worker had an equal vote in decisions about running the business? SHIFTCHANGE tells the story of worker-owned cooperatives in cities across the country. Meet others interested in starting and supporting cooperative businesses! Cooperatives – many are worker-owned businesses like the ones in the film – are being established here! Check out Pittsburgh’s own list of co-ops at www.CooperatePGH.org SPONSORED BY THE NEW ECONOMY CAMPAIGN OF THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER With the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives and Cooperate Pittsburgh. May 20, 2015 Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center Gathering of the cooperative “curious, capable, and conspiratorial.” 50+ people interested in cooperatives – from community tool sharing to worker-owned businesses – gathered to meet each other and share their experience and needs. This informs how to proceed with the movement as well as how to prepare practical resources for attendees and future members. SPONSORED BY THE NEW ECONOMY CAMPAIGN OF THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER.