Co-operatives First manages and maintains the Co-op Creator site. As an organization, they promote and support business development based on the co-op model. This site is a key tool in supporting new projects.
The Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited funds Co-operatives First. The funding is part of a unique initiative designed to support economic development in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Besides the resources here, the organization provides in-person and distance supports. The supports range from the funding of feasibility studies to bylaw reviews and financing plans to facilitated meetings.
Leaders hoping to capitalize on an opportunity. If you have a business idea and are considering a co-op, you’ve come to the right place. The Co-op Creator makes available every tool and resource you will need to realize your idea. Presented in an user-friendly format, the site makes the process easier and less frustrating.
The Co-op Creator is one example of the free tools and services we offer.
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.