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Guide to Worker Cooperative Bylaws and Operating Agreements

Author(s): 
Camille Kerr
Year: 
2015

After working with professionals to determine which entity type is right for your worker cooperative, the next step is to work with professionals to develop your governing documents. Bylaws and operating agreements should include high-level information about the governance of the organization. They clarify and codify the democratic governance and ownership of your cooperative, help provide a structure through which the cooperative can grow, and provide a last resort for conflict resolution if relationships break down.

Becoming Employee-Owned

Author(s): 
Camille Kerr, Joe Rinehart
Year: 
2014

Becoming Employee-Owned is a guide for business owners interested in employee ownership. It provides an overview of the three primary transition approaches for employee ownership: worker cooperatives, ESOPs, and management buy-outs. Regardless of what stage the business is in--from expansion to succession planning-- this resource can help business owners understand their options for becoming an employee-owned company.

Providing the Right Support: Are the Training Needs of Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives Unique?

Author(s): 
Courtney Berner
Year: 
2013

Multi-stakeholder cooperatives (MSCs) are co-ops that are owned and controlled by more than one type of membership class such as consumers, producers, workers, volunteers, or community supporters. Stakeholders can be individuals or organizations such as non-profits, businesses, government agencies, or even other cooperatives. Instead of focusing on the needs of a single membership class, MSCs are often built around a broad mission that addresses the interests of the various stakeholder groups. The number of MSCs in the U.S. is small but growing.

Recursos para desarrollar cooperativas sin fines de lucro (V0.5)

Author(s): 
Demcracy at Work Network
Year: 
2013

CONTENIDO:

Recursos

- Estudio de caso sobre el desarrollo de cooperativas de trabajadores
- Un Ejemplo de Cronograma del Desarrollo de una Cooperativa

Evalúan su Capacidad

- Hoja de Trabajo: Modelo para desarrollar tu cooperative
- Hoja de Trabajo: Su Organizacion y la Nueva Cooperativa
- Hoja de Trabajo: Habilidades para el negocio: ?Tienen lo que necesitan?
- Hoja de Trabajo: Envuesta de necesidades
- Hoja de Trabajo: Cronograma de Desarrollo

"El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio Cooperativa"

Author(s): 
East Bay Community Law Clinic, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Year: 
2013
¿Qué son las cooperativas de trabajadores? Las cooperativas de trabajadores son entidades de negocio que están (1) en posesión de los trabajadores, (2) gobernadas por los trabajadores, y (3) operadas por y para el beneficio de los trabajadores. Puesto que las cooperativas son propiedad y están controladas por y para los empleados que trabajan allá, son operadas diferentemente de las empresas tradicionales en unos aspectos clave

Small Business Ownership Succession: The Cooperative Solution

Author(s): 
Northcountry Cooperative Foundation
A sale to employees can provide an owner with significant tax breaks. Because of the IRC §1042 Capital Gains Rollover, business owners who sell at least 30% of the stock in their C-Corporation to an employee-owned cooperative can roll over the proceeds from the sale into qualified replacement securities and defer payment of any capital gains tax indefinitely.

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