START A CO-OP
Starting a group action-based business requires people with an interest to solve a common economic problem, secure a needed service, or create an opportunity that can only be achieved by working together. Early organizers are necessary as project “champions” or “cheerleaders” to build interest for the organization. The following resources are useful to formalize a business. Champions need to work with attorneys, accountants, and consultants to legally formalize the business. Economic development professionals, community leaders and cooperative development specialists can also provide assistance.