Have an idea for a new cooperative business? There’s a page for that. DID YOU KNOW…? Almost 100,000 closely-held businesses will be changing hands in the next 10 years due to baby boomer retirements. Is yours one of them? Watch this video to learn more about your options. It’s from a group that works in New England, but it presents the ideas well. Then you can get in touch with us to discuss further. Contact us to request a meeting if you’re considering employee ownership. What are you doing for work? Are you interested in working a new sideline, or starting a small business but you need more visibility? Try our online booking platform, COVIVI. COVIVI is a member-owned on-demand service booking platform, designed to match small businesses and freelance workers with customers who need their services, in a cooperative environment. A “platform co-op” means members own it, help to govern it, and share in its success. COVIVI is easy to use and simplifies the business process including marketing, scheduling, payment, and customer service. COVIVI is designed to be “hyperlocal everywhere”, meaning the platform connects participating local businesses and customers to any other member in their locale. Starting in Pittsburgh, we’ll do this in communities across the region and the nation. Check out the Covivi demo! Wanted: New Cooperative Member We are looking for friendly, organized, and above all collectively minded new members to join us in our worker-owned cooperative and make a living without having a boss! We offer great pay, flexible hours, and an equitable and democratic work environment. This physically intensive job (with part-time hours) consists of biking year-round in the city of Pittsburgh hauling heavy loads by bike and by hand hanging flyers in businesses talking to lots of new people online administrative tasks regular group meetings participation in consensus-based decision-making. Prior experience working collectively is a major plus! To inquire, please e-mail us at email@example.com. More info about what we do at Pinup Couriers… Need some new windows? Know someone who does? New Era Windows Cooperative has high-quality windows, AND a customer referral program that can get you $50 when someone you refer buys 6 or more windows. Simple as that! Get nuts-and-bolts startup business knowledge in three informative workshops that will respond to your needs! One of the PCOC’s partners, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Pitt’s Katz School of Business, offers a three-step introduction to business for startups (from urban ag to zymurgy) at no charge to PCOC members. Take this with our consultation on cooperative principles and governance, and you’ll be on your way! For more information and the schedule… LAWYERS and ACCOUNTANTS! Cooperative business is undergoing a resurgence in the US economy. Our members need legal and accounting services from people who understand cooperative structure and governance. Contact us to be a part of a quick class for either lawyers and accountants to better serve your clients, and to get new clients in cooperative business. Ujamaa Collective’s Cooperation Over Competition Campaign, continues to build a foundation for community and economic development for its network of artists and consumers. If you would like to see your work showcased in the Ujamaa Boutique, or would like more information about consignment opportunities, CONTACT UJAMAA East End Food Co-op has announced these job openings. The Riverside Center for Innovation hosts the Diversity Business Resource Center, where information on technical support and other programs, bidding opportunities, and request for proposal announcements are updated weekly. Community Land Trusts are an important part of keeping neighborhoods affordable. See how they’re doing it in the Lawrenceville and Garfield neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Which community is next?