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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.

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!