The business resources and tools on this site are free to use. Whether you are just starting out or have operated for years, make your life easier by using this site. Build a business plan. Create bylaws. Organize a meeting. Draft a budget. Everything you need to get up and running is here.
The grid below indicates a recommended business development pathway. Start at the Early Stages and move your way forward. Each category has a set of resources related to that stage of development. Take what you need. Leave what you don’t.
We recognize every business path is different. So, you can also choose where to start. Simply click on your preferred starting point or use the search tool to find specific resources.
If you need help, contact us. We are more than happy to walk you through the site and development process.
Early stages is a great place to start. Here you’ll find simple tools for organizing meetings and funneling ideas.
Ready to make it official? Here you’ll find guides, samples and examples to make the process a bit easier.
Planning is important to understanding sustainability of a business idea. Make sure to take the time to do it right. Start here and when you’re ready, visit the Biz Plan Creator to build your plan.
Getting financing for any venture is a challenge. But understanding the financing you need and where to find it is a great place to start. Start here if you’re getting ready to finance your business.
Already up and running? Congrats! Take a look here for resources and tools to support board members, a governance course and a few more operational-type tools.
Here you’ll find a few trusted links and support services.
A co-operative is a business and requires the same level of energy, skill and commitment as any other business. Starting and building a business can be complicated, confusing and frustrating. The Co-op Creator is designed to assist with that process. Whether you’re just starting out or have the business up and running, the Co-op Creator has tools and resources to support your work.
Plus, it’s FREE. So, use it as little or as much as you need. If you feel it’s helped, tell others. If it didn’t, please tell us.
Need a business plan? Start here. The Biz Plan Creator is an easy-to-use and helpful tool. Designed to guide you through the process, the Biz Plan Creator offers a user-friendly platform and clear advice at every stage. Plus, it includes a secure account and customized branding of your plan. So, you can leave and come back to your plan as needed. And when you’re done, a branded PDF business plan ready for investors and financiers is your reward.
Success stories, interesting co-op trivia, interviews and more highlighting growing and thriving rural and Indigenous businesses, economies and communities across western Canada.
A growing library of tools and resources designed to support independent co-operative business development.
Stories and interviews from business, economic and community development professionals across western Canada and beyond.