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Issue 2: Community Scale Economics

Resources for Cooperatives and Worker-Owned Businesses

We are grateful to Tim Huet, Director of the Center for Democratic Solutions, and Oakland-based co-op activist Hank Obermayer for providing most of the following resources.

Development and Support Organizations

Association of Arizmendi Cooperatives

1504 Shattuck Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94709


Developing a mutually-supporting association of cooperative bakeries.

Center for Democratic Solutions

733 Baker Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


Educational, legal, and consulting services to worker cooperatives, primarily those in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Childspace Cooperative Development

5517 Greene Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144


Non-profit developer of worker cooperative childcare centers.

Cooperative Fund of New England

P.O. Box 3413

Amherst, MA 01004-3413

910-395-6008 / 800-818-7833

F: 910-397-2857



A community development loan fund that links socially responsible investors and cooperatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses.

GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing) Newsletter

published by:

Ecological Democracy Institute of North America

RR1 Box 124A

Stillwater, PA 17878


ICA Group

20 Park Plaza, Ste. 1127

Boston, MA 02116


Consulting group for development of worker cooperatives.

The International Cooperative Alliance

Geneva, Switzerland


International umbrella for cooperatives of all kind, having some useful information regarding worker cooperatives on their web site.


2869 38th Avenue

Oakland, CA 94619


Interconnected group of cooperatives and non-profits, based in Oakland, providing employment to people from low-income backgrounds.

National Center for Employee Ownership

201 Broadway, Suite 807

Oakland, CA 94612


Non-profit with a focus on ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) as an ownership vehicle.

National Cooperative Bank and NCB Development Corporation

1401 Eye Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005

202-336-7700 / 800-955-9622


For questions related to cooperative development and enterprises contact Terry Lewis at 202-336-7750, tlewis@ncb.com

Lending and, in limited circumstances, granting to a range of cooperatives, including worker cooperatives.

National Cooperative Business Association/ Cooperative Development Foundation

1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20005

202-638-6222, F: 202-638-1374



National cooperative trade association and foundation serving range of cooperatives, including worker cooperatives.

National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives

6320 Augusta Drive, Suite 802-c

Springfield, VA 22150

703-569-3088, F: 703-569-0235



Primarily serving agricultural and consumer cooperatives, but with resources relevant to worker cooperatives.

The Network of Bay Area Worker Collectives (NOBAWC)

415-974-8985, ext. 433

A coalition of worker cooperatives/collectives in San Francisco Bay Area.

Ohio Employee Ownership Center

PO Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242-0001

330-672-3028, F: 330-672-4063



Information and technical assistance for employees, unions, managers, and owners interested in implementing employee ownership in Ohio.

University of California Center for Cooperatives

University of California

One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

530-752-2408, F: 530-752-5451



Education, research, and development assistance to meet the needs of cooperatives, their members, and the public.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

University of Wisconsin Madison

230 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch Street

Madison, WI 53706

608-262-3981, F: 608-262-3251



Educational programs, technical assistance, and research on the cooperative form of business.

Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)

Post Office Box 390771

Mountain View, CA 94039



Assisting low-income women to form and operate worker cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additional Internet

Centre for the Study of Cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan


Cooperative business listserver


Cooperatives & Cooperation, University of Colorado


English-language edition of Mondragon Cooperative Corporation



Putting Democracy to Work: A Practical Guide for Starting and Managing Worker-Owned Businesses,

Adams, Frank T. and Gary B. Hansen.

1992. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.

Steps to Starting a Worker Co-op, 1997.

Hansen, Gary, E. Kim Coontz, and Audrey Malan.

Published and available through UC-Davis Center for Cooperatives.

We Own It: Starting and Managing Cooperatives & Employee Owned Ventures, 1991.

Honigsberg, Peter Jan, Bernard Kamoroff, and Jim Beatty.

Bell Springs Publishing, Laytonville, California.

(available through the Center for Democratic Solutions, San Francisco)

Center for Cooperatives, University of California. California Cooperative

Directory and Resource Guide, 1991.


From Mondragon to America: Experiments in Community Economic Development

Gregory MacLeod

University College of Cape Breton, 1998

Putting Democracy to Work : A Practical Guide for Starting and Managing Worker-Owned Businesses

Frank T. Adams, Gary B. Hansen, Gene Taback

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1993


Democracy in the Workplace: Three Worker-Owned Businesses in Action

(Video, 27 minutes)

The worker-owners of three successful businesses show what it's like to work collectively and manage a business in a truly democratic way.

Robert Purdy and Margot Smith

(Available from Off Center Video, Berkeley, California.

510-486-8010 www.offcentervideo.com

Email: MargotS999@aol.com)

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