Cooperative Business Development Training Program for Practitioners

The Art and Science of Starting a Cooperative Business

The CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program is a rigorous course for participants to develop the skills to start a new cooperative and assist groups to start new cooperative enterprises. The curriculum includes:

The key steps of effective cooperative business development
The unique aspects of cooperative finance, law, governance and management
The essential tools for group ownership in building long-term success
Financial analysis and pro forma financial statements for new co-ops

This program has been designed to deliver the best of what has been learned in the field of cooperative business development. It consists of three intensive five-day sessions emphasizing the practical application of cooperative business development skills.

A registration form for the upcoming April 2014 Session Two training can be found here

The Art & Science of Starting a Cooperative Business

Session One: The Steps to Start a New Cooperative Business
Lowell Center, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
October 21-25, 2013

Session Two: Key Ingredients for New Cooperative Business Success
Lowell Center, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
April 7-11, 2014

Session Three: Financial Analysis for New Cooperatives
On-Line Training Program
September 20-27, 2013 & Fall 2014

At the conclusion of the program participants will be prepared to develop a new cooperative business from inception through feasibility analysis, business planning, incorporation, capitalization, membership development, business launch and on-going operational stability and success.

The program courses may be taken in any order. Participation in the program is limited; registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information contact Audrey Malan at 541-214-0727 or cw@vcn.com.

CooperationWorks! Professional Development Training Program
The Art and Science of Starting a Cooperative Business
Sessions One, Two and Three

Program Descriptions
Session One: The Steps to Start a New Cooperative Business
October 21-25, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin

The first session in the program covers the skills and key development steps for the successful development of cooperative businesses. The program will include interactive sessions, case studies and tours to local co-ops to detail the practical applications of the developmental steps and methodologies. Areas of study in Session One of the training and certification program include:
Cooperative History and Principles
Comparative Business Models
The Critical Steps of Co-op Development
Feasibility Analysis
Business Planning
Building Stakeholder Capacity
Governance and Oversight
Case Study Analysis

Session Two: Key Ingredients for New Cooperative Business Success
April 7-11, 2014
Madison, Wisconsin

The second session in the program examines the unique aspects of cooperative enterprises and the building of effective group capacity for the long-term success of the enterprise. Break-out case studies will track the practical applications of the methodologies in four existing cooperative businesses. Areas of study in Session Two of the training and certification program include:
Co-op Legal Structures and Taxation
Co-op Finance, Equity and Capitalization
Group Decision Making and Strategic Planning
Co-op Management Oversight
Keys to Achieving Operational Success

Session Three: Financial Analysis for Cooperative Start-Ups
September 23-27, 2013
On-Line Training Program

The third session in the program examines the financial modeling and analysis process involved in conducting feasibility studies and business plans for start-up cooperatives. Each student will complete a set of pro forma financial statements for a new cooperative business. Areas of study in Session Three of the training and certification program include:
Components of financial analysis for start-up businesses
Financial success including liquidity, profitability and solvency
Revenue models, income statements, balance sheets and cash flow analysis
Financial projections and ratio analysis

Certification
Certification is available for participants who attend Sessions One, Two
and achieve a passing score in Session Three. Participants must pre-register for certification with CooperationWorks!

Course Tuition
Session Three, September 23-27, 2013
Members of CooperationWorks! $600 per participant
Non-Members of CooperationWorks! $750 per participant

Session One, October 21-25, 2013
Members of CooperationWorks! $ 900. per participant plus Room & Board
Non-Members of CooperationWorks! $1300. per participant plus Room & Board

Session Two, April 7-11, 2014
Members of CooperationWorks! $ 900. per participant plus Room & Board
Non-Members of CooperationWorks! $1300. per participant plus Room & Board

Enrollment and Registration
Enrollment in the CooperationWorks! training program is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be confirmed when full payment is received.
Participants may pre-register by emailing the Registration Form to sarah@cedc.coop
Participants attending Session Three must be proficient in Microsoft Excel.

CooperationWorks!
CooperationWorks! is a national cooperative of cooperative business development centers and practitioners. Members provide expertise across all aspects of cooperative development, including feasibility analysis, business plan development, training and education. By sharing their knowledge through CooperationWorks!, members maximize resources, avoid duplication and bring the greatest benefit to the communities they serve. To find out more about CW visit: www.cooperationworks.coop

A registration form and agenda for the upcoming April training can be found here