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JJNoire

Start A Worker Cooperative

1,610 views 1 year ago
Starting a worker cooperative is not easy. JJNoire interviewed cooperative members working in bio fuel, tech, retail, small manufacturing, custom woodworking, green housecleaning & food service and asked them how they met, funded, what obstacles they faced, why they selected one legal entity over another, how they handle bookkeeping, meetings, by-laws, permits, etc. The DVD's are divided into chapters interspersed with group discussion topics, Resource lists, business advice, a bookkeeping crash course, a communications & process crash course - all from coop members themselves. 2 DVD's running 4 hours total. It is directed primarily toward (initially) small start-up's with little access to capital. Available to order ($35) from Mighty Small Films http://www.MightySmallFilms... Tracks on the DVD's include: An Introduction, Intro to Coop Principles, Intro to By-Laws, Choosing A Legal Entity, Subordination Of Capital, Democracy, Patronage, SubChapter T, DBA, Business License, EIN, Permits, Zoning, State Filings Funding Your Coop, How They Met, The Importance of Meetings, Hiring & Training, Unions & Coops, Resource List for Small Start-Up's, Bookkeeping Crash Course, Communication & Process Advice for StartUp's, Meet & Greet. Among the cooperatives interviewed are: BioFuel Oasis, Electric Embers, Quilted, Box Dog Bikes, Gary Bell (Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union), Cheese Board Collective, Co-Soap, Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop (custom furniture & woodworking), Arizmendi, Other Avenues Foods, Mandela Foods, A Taste of Denmark, Eco Care, attorneys Jenny Kassan, Neil Helfman and Van Baldwin, hOUR World, Kate Sasson (Sassy Facilitation), Melissa Hoover (USFWC), Jim Hightower, Kim Coontz (CCCD), Shani Leonards (Reference librarian, Berkeley Public Library) Show less
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