Advocacy

AMPLIFYING CO-OP IMPACT

A UNITED VOICE

On behalf of our members, NCBA CLUSA speaks with a united voice before elected officials, raising awareness of the cooperative economic impact and advocating for federal policies that benefit cooperative enterprise—like access to the critical financing and technical assistance communities need to establish and grow employee-owned businesses.

Advocacy Priorities

By working with the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, we encourage members of Congress to champion legislation and policy that supports cooperatives. And through the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development, we work directly with federal agencies on issues that affect co-op members nationwide.

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NCBA CLUSA’s advocacy team works to educate, differentiate and keep cooperative priorities top-of-mind before policymakers, stakeholders and the broader public. These efforts help ensure that co-ops are recognized, supported in the budget and eligible for federal programs.

How You Can Help

CONGRESSIONAL COOPERATIVE BUSINESS CAUCUS

The bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus helps advance NCBA CLUSA’s advocacy work at the federal level, providing greater visibility of cooperative economic impact before Congress and the Administration and driving a co-op-friendly legislative agenda.

INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP ON COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT

The Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development promotes a whole-of-government approach to using cooperative enterprise to solve public policy challenges. With more than a dozen government agencies as members, this group ensures the government is on the same page in its engagement with cooperative businesses.

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KEY LEGISLATIVE WINS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Mapping Co-op Impact

Ending a decades-long absence of federally reported data on co-ops, the 2017 Economic Census collected information that will quantify the scope of co-op economic impact nationwide.

Employee Ownership

The Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018 amends the lending landscape for worker cooperatives. This landmark legislation will support small businesses, create sustainable jobs and promote equitable wages.

Rural Development

Every budget season, we work to preserve the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program, the only federal funding dedicated to advancing the co-ops that enrich rural America.

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