Cooperative Development

CDS is one of 24 "cooperative development centers" nationwide, providing technical assistance on the formation of cooperatively owned and managed businesses. CDS works with cooperative-minded organizations to develop, support, and grow their businesses for the benefit of their members and the larger communities they serve. Cooperative enterprise is a proven tool for improving the lives of individuals and the vitality of communities.

CDS fields general inquiries about cooperatives and discusses whether a cooperative business structure makes sense for the ideas presented. We provide consultation services for potential cooperative member/owners, and provide preliminary review of business concepts and goals. For groups that wish to form a cooperative, we provide consultation services with existing staff as well as our network of independent professional consultants. These consultants provide your organization with business services, comprehensive knowledge, experience, and the expertise required to take your enterprise to the next level or grow the seeds of new opportunities.