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Green Event of the Week: Free Workshop on Creating a Co-Op Business


Co-ops are cool. When workers or customers own at least part of a business, all kinds of advantages tumble forth. Costs fall. Decision-making becomes democratic. The business can be open to opportunities that conventional companies might deem insufficiently profitable. Workers have enhanced feelings of participation. And more.

You can explore these things – and more – this Thursday at a free workshop in Boston. The meeting will provide information on how co-ops are created, how they're structured and how to convert existing businesses into co-ops. It will explore how co-ops can help small businesses access resources, achieve scale and save money.

The two-hour session is designed both for people interested in founding co-ops and for entrepreneurs looking to employ co-operative models to improve existing businesses. It's a fine and valuable opportunity to learn about a business style that more and more people are finding massively attractive.

(And no, co-ops don't have to be health-food stores. Most businesses can be set up as such, even car-manufacturing plants.)

The event is part of the City of Boston's Worker Cooperative Initiative. There'll be presentations by the Boston Center for Community Ownership and the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund.

Here's a moment where your co-operation will surely pay rich dividends.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10AM – noon

Roxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington St.
Boston, MA  02119


--By Marietta Martin, writer on green affairs