Before a cooperative transition process can get started, the selling owner needs to make some decisions about how to structure the process, specifically she needs to clearly define who has decision-making power in the process: herself, the transition committee, the likely coop members, and the whole group. This chart outlines who decides what.
Business Document - Model/Template
Gant chart outlining the phases a business goes through during transition to a cooperative.
Tips for effective meetings and consensus decision-making. Thanks to USFWC member, South Mountain Company, for this resource.
Sample employee handbook for a worker cooperative. Provided in a word document for easy modification for your own cooperative.
Don't start from scratch. Sample worker cooperative bylaws in word doc form for you to edit for your own cooperative.
A chart to assist with selecting the most appropriate legal entity for your worker cooperative. Compares: Sole Proprietor, C-Corp, S-Corp, Limited Liability Company (LLC), and Cooperative Corporation.
28 essential questions for any start-up to ask - and try to answer - before meeting with a lawyer.