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Legal Risks for Co-op Start Ups

NOTE: This tool has been created with the help of a presentation provided by Mary Childs…

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Risk Identification and Management

Starting and operating a business comes with risks. Co-ops are no different. Risk identification and management…

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Building a Business Model Canvas

A business model canvas is a tool entrepreneurs use to identify the key ingredients that make…

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Creating a Preliminary Budget — A Guide

Creating a co-operative, like any business, requires a lot of time, effort, and (usually) money. Depending…

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How to create a governance structure

Creating a Governance Structure Who’s in charge? Who gets to decide? To answer these questions, groups…

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How to find new co-op members

A guide to finding new co-op members The first step in how to find new co-op…

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Do a PESTLE Analysis

Do a PESTLE analysis to assess an opportunity  A PESTLE analysis is a tool entrepreneurs use…

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Why create a business plan? (video)

If you’re starting a new business, it’s important to clearly define and articulate your plans: what…

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Roles and Responsibilities

The Roles in a Co-op The roles in a co-op depend on how members choose to…

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Business Planning Pitch Practice

One of the big challenges co-operatives have in their developing stages is selling the idea of…

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Allocating Surplus in a Co-operative Business

Surplus is commonly used by co-operatives to describe a business’s profit. Many co-ops create policies or…

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Co-operative Shareholders and Governance

The foundation for any co-operative is its shareholders (often called “members”). Co-operative shareholders can support their…

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