Innovations in Scaling Cooperative Development

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Scaling cooperative businesses is challenging, but necessary to expand cooperative impact and deal with the ever-widening wealth gap in the U.S. Mission-related investors are looking at a variety of solutions and the impact of growing co-ops in low-income communities and communities of color. Three co-op innovators—ROC USA®, Start.coop and the Center for Family Life—are taking the challenge head on with a stated goal of scaling cooperative enterprises. During this session, participants will learn about the financing of Manufactured Home Communities, investment in early stage co-ops and growing worker-ownership in low-income immigrant communities. This interactive workshop will inform participants about the structures, strategies and economic models of these social ventures and engage participants in a discussion about scale that will inform the work of other co-op developers, advocates and mission-related investors.

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