CW Professional Co-op Development Training: Worker Co-ops

July 14, 16, 21 and 23, 2009

Starting Worker-Owned Cooperatives
3pm: Tuesday, July 14, Thursday, July 16, Tuesday, July 21, Thursday, July 23
Lead Educator: Tim Huet, Esq.
This four-part webinar series covers the key aspects of starting a worker-owned cooperative. The program is designed for cooperative business development practitioners, community economic development organizations and individuals/groups interested in starting worker-owned businesses.

The series will be led by Tim Huet, one of the foremost experts on developing new worker-owned cooperatives in the United States. Cathy Smith, Executive Director of the Keystone Development Center and Audrey Malan, Coordinator of the CooperationWorks! training programs, will also participate in the program.

Join us for this unique opportunity to understand this important economic democratic model for individuals, groups and communities to gain greater control over their jobs and local businesses – in stabilizing jobs and business retention and creation. The program will address the key aspects of worker cooperative start-up including:

  • Worker co-op organizational and legal models;
  • Development strategies including new start-up, conversions, assisted and incubated start-ups;
  • Feasibility analysis and business planning;
  • Co-op capitalization and finance;
  • Organizational development for success.

The program will be delivered in four consecutive online sessions.

Tuition for the program is:
CooperationWorks! Members: $250 first participant; $100 for each additional participant.
Non-Members: $350 first participant; $200 for each additional participant.

A DVD of the complete program will be available to participants of the program for $30 each.

Limited scholarship assistance is available.

Registrations are due by July 6, 2009. Participation in the program is limited and will be based on a first come, first served basis. Download registration form here.

This is an important opportunity for cooperative development and community economic development practitioners to learn more about implement this important business and job creation strategy. And for individuals and groups considering starting a worker owned business.

In these times of growing unemployment and insecurity, the worker-owned co-op business model is a proven strategy for business and job retention and creation, as well as higher job-stability and satisfaction.

For more information on the program, contact:
Audrey Malan, CooperationWorks! Training Programs
P.O. Box 527 Dayton, WY 82836
T: 307-655-9162; F: 307-655-3785

Cathy Smith, Executive Director
Keystone Development Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 4
Flinton, PA 16640
T: 814-687-4937; F: 814-687-4127