Cooperative-structured businesses are a means to improve the economic and social well being of persons locally and throughout the world. They advance their own interests through trade associations. There are a variety of resources useful to persons organizing and leading the enterprise.


Economic & community development

Cooperatives retain and launch new businesses having a positive impact on the communities in which they do business.


Global development

Cooperative businesses are a means to improve the financial and social well being of their members and strengthen local communities.


Under-served populations

Cooperatives have long been viewed as a mechanism to meet needs of under-served populations


United States Department of Agriculture

The United States of Agriculture provides resources and funding to launch and strengthen cooperatives.


Case studies

Case studies are a tool to understand complex relationships and circumstances impacting a business.