Cooperatives

COOPERATION BUFFALO

We mobilize workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in communities most affected by inequality.

Since 2014, Cooperation Buffalo has assembled a team of workers, trainers, advocates, and technical assistance providers working to build worker-owned cooperative businesses across Buffalo.

COOPERATION BUFFALO

We mobilize workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in communities most affected by inequality.

Since 2014, Cooperation Buffalo has assembled a team of workers, trainers, advocates, and technical assistance providers working to build worker-owned cooperative businesses across Buffalo.

Andrew Delmonte
(Director of Cooperative Development)
(716) 884-0356 ext. 241

Cooperative Academy

Cooperation Buffalo and PUSH Buffalo want you to join the Fall 2019 cohort of our Cooperative Academy! For 12 weeks from October 1st through December 17th, teams of co-op entrepreneurs will explore how to build worker-owned cooperative businesses with experts in business development, finance, governance, democratic decision making, and participatory management, and will learn about the rich history and culture of cooperative economics in our region. You’ll meet member-owners of several Buffalo co-ops and leave with a plan for starting your own cooperative. Teams of at least 2 people are encouraged to apply, whether you’re at the idea stage, or already taking steps to grow your business, or want to explore converting your workplace to employee-ownership.

To apply or to find out more information please fill out the form below or contact Andrew at 716-884-0356 ext 241. Applications are due by September 15th.

The Academy will be held on Tuesdays from October 1st through December 17th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on the West Side at 429 Plymouth Avenue, Suite 1, Buffalo, NY 14213. If you have questions about this application or the Academy course, email andrew==pushbuffalo.org or call (716) 884-0356 ext. 241.

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Team Members

Teams of 2 or more individuals are encouraged to apply. A worker cooperative is owned and managed by its workers, and your plan for your cooperative will be strongest if the team of workers participate together in creating it.

In special cases, such as if you are a business owner thinking about selling your business to its workers, or if you are the only team member who is able to attend the Academy sessions, it may be okay to participate in the Academy on your own. Please talk to us if this is the case!

Who else is on your team? NOTE: Each team member should fill out the application form separately.

More About You

Our mission is to build wealth and power in marginalized communities through cooperative business ownership. It's important to us that there are enough spaces in our Academy for people of color, immigrants and refugees, those returning from incarceration, women, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming folx, low income individuals, and others.

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About Your Co-op

The Cooperative Academy course is designed to support teams that are actively working toward launching a worker-owned cooperative business. You can be at the idea stage only, or already taking steps to grow your business, or you could be exploring how to convert your existing workplace to employee ownership. All stages are welcome! To better understand if your project is a good fit for the Academy, and to help us to bring the most useful content to the Academy, please tell us something about your potential co-op below.

What is your co-op business idea?

What stage do you think accurately represents your work so far?

What steps have you taken already?

What do you hope to get out of the Cooperative Academy course? Why is it important to you?

Are you able to commit to the full course (12 sessions)?

Is there anything else you want us to know, or questions you have for us? If so, tell us here.

Next Steps

After you click "SUBMIT" below, we will review your application and contact you via email and phone if your application has been accepted. We may reach out with further questions, or to follow up on any of your access needs or requests for more information. When your application is accepted, you can expect to receive emails from us in the weeks leading up to the academy with information about the first class and how to prepare for it.

Learn about how to become a PUSH member, today.

  • We engage our community in training and education in cooperative economics and do work to grow an ecosystem of support for cooperatives in Buffalo.
  • We support the incubation of specific cooperative businesses that advance our mission and offer technical assistance to other cooperatives when we can.
  • We are also building a loan fund that will circulate capital to cooperatives in a non-extractive way and will be cooperatively governed by the community.

Start your co-op or convert your workplace!

Do you have a business idea you want to launch as a worker-owned or community-owned cooperative? Is your employer considering retirement in the next few years and looking for succession planning options? Contact us for a free consultation! We can provide resources and referrals, and if your project is a fit with our program, we can provide technical assistance and loan capital to make it happen.

By cooperators, for cooperators

Cooperation Buffalo is led by cooperators: community members with experience launching and sustaining worker cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and community land trusts. Cooperatives that receive support from Cooperation Buffalo join the governance of the program and the loan fund, participating in democratic decisions regarding loans, long-term strategy, and what services to provide.

Andrew Delmonte

Andrew Delmonte
(Director of Cooperative Development)
(716) 884-0356 ext. 241

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