Early Stages

Early stages is a great place to start. Here you’ll find simple tools for organizing meetings and funneling ideas.

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Ready to make it official? Here you’ll find guides, samples and examples to make the process a bit easier.

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Business Planning

Planning is important to understanding sustainability of a business idea. Make sure to take the time to do it right.

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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.

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Up and Running

Already up and running? Congrats! Take a look here for resources and tools to support board members, a governance course...

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Additional Resources

Here you’ll find a few trusted links and support services.

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How to use the site

The grid above 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.

Why use the Co-op Creator?

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.