#CoopsFor2020 Toolkit

Town Hall Sample Questions

Keep the momentum going

Help keep the momentum of the #CoopsFor2020 Campaign going all summer long by attending town halls or other campaign events 2020 Presidential candidates hold in your region. We’ve put together a list of sample questions you can ask your elected officials to get them thinking about co-op economic impact.

If you attend a town hall or other campaign event and ask a question about cooperatives, let us know! Send a note to advocacy@ncba.coop so we can help spread the word.

Worker Ownership

Over the next five to 15 years, Baby Boomers who own businesses will be looking to retire, but more than 50 percent of owners have no succession plan to keep the businesses going. Forming a cooperative business ensures that these anchor businesses can continue to thrive. What steps do you plan to take to ensure that workers and community members who rely on these businesses have the resources‚ÄĒincluding access to capital and technical assistance‚ÄĒto form a cooperative?

Senior Care

As more seniors choose to age at home, home care providers are the fastest-growing workforce. Yet in franchises, these workers experience an annual turnover over 80 percent due to unpredictable work schedules, low wages and little job satisfaction. As a cooperative and co-owner of the business, home care providers have higher pay, more reliable schedules and, as a result, an annual turnover rate below 30 percent. What steps are you going to take to support this proven business model?

Affordable Housing

Our nation is facing an affordable housing crisis, both in renting and home buying. Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives create a stable, sustainable housing environment for low-income community members that improve economic, health and educational outcomes in adults and children. How do you plan to incorporate housing cooperatives in your policy solution to address the affordable housing crisis?