Information for Start-Ups

With the growing number of start-up worker cooperatives, we have pulled together helpful resources, information, and tools to support your business development. We'll be adding more to resources in the coming weeks.

More details coming soon on how the Institute is able to support start-up worker cooperaratives. In the meantime, please find helpful resources listed below and browse the full Resource Library

Resources for Start-Ups

A Technology Freelancers' Guide to Starting a Worker Cooperative

Author(s): 
Jim Johnson and Brent Emerson
Year: 
2009
this guide is about worker cooperatives: businesses owned and controlled by the people who work in them. The worker-members own the business and return its profits to themselves based on how much they work for the co-op. They control the co-op, perhaps by electing a Board of Directors which makes policy and hires managers to organize their work. This hierarchical structure is common in medium and large worker co-ops, just like the other co-op sectors. But small worker co-ops are usually run collectively.

Worker Co-ops: Weathering the Storm of COVID-19

Author(s): 
Mo Manklang, Zen Trenholm, Olga Prushinskaya
Year: 
2020
 
SPACING
 
In this moment of crisis, worker cooperatives are a reliable, proven solution to address the loss of jobs and income inequality.
COVID-19 has devastated the small business community, and the clock is ticking on permanent shutdowns of small businesses. 45 percent of businesses believe they have less than six months until a permanent shutdown is unavoidable. Tens of millions are still unemployed. Millions of Americans will fall off an “income cliff” when unemployment benefits end.