Even before the Covid crisis, we were facing the silver tsunami: loss of small businesses, jobs, and local tax base due to inadequate ownership succession planning. With Covid, we know it’s going to be a hard time for small businesses. Really hard. Cooperative ownership is a positive solution to prevent the loss of some of…Read More
CDS sees worker ownership as an important but under-utilized tool to retain businesses in communities during a time of major business transitions. Even before the Covid-19 crisis, small businesses were facing a “silver tsunami” of owners approaching retirement without succession strategies. Literally tens of thousands of businesses in our region will change ownership or cease…Read More
Under a contract with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Development Services in 2016 reviewed national trends and reports regarding food hubs, and augmented that with interviews of food hub operators in Minnesota. Our report highlights new roles being played in the local food system by non-profit organizations, and assesses the challenges faced by food…Read More
Cooperative Development Services has completed a case study of the cooperative food system in the Twin Cities with particular focus on this as a local foods system operating at scale. Authored by Joan Stockinger of CDS and Dave Gutknecht of Cooperative Grocer magazine with funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the full study…Read More
In 2013-14, CDS reviewed the status of several housing co-op sectors present in MN, WI and IA. We’d like to thank the National Cooperative Bank for funding this study. The study is available for download in PDF format.
CDS commissioned a 2014 survey of community and economic developers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gauge their knowledge about and interest in cooperative businesses as a solution to various issues of community development. The full study is available for download in PDF format. Half of respondents said they actively serve cooperatives, and over half anticipate future…Read More