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Investment Capital for Worker Cooperatives

While the impact investing field has taken off in recent years and has influenced mainstream banking priorities, worker cooperatives are not yet a viable option for a typical impact investor interested in ‘investing with purpose.’ In these two publications, we address the question: What would it take for an investor to be able to easily target part of their investment portfolio to worker-owned cooperatives, to ‘mainstream’ the practice of investing in worker cooperatives?

Published: April 2017.


Nolo Press: Worker Owned Cooperatives

Published: October 2016.


The Lending Opportunity of a Generation

LendingOpportunityOfAGenerationThis publication, jointly authored by Cooperative Fund of New England, Project Equity, and Democracy at Work Institute, answers Frequently Asked Questions about lending to worker coops that we often hear from lenders. This “primer” helps lenders learn about the opportunity and also details, about structuring deals from other lenders with experience with worker coop conversions. The publication includes five case of coop conversion financing.

Published: January 2016.


The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem 

CooperativeGrowthEcosystemThe Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework encourages diverse stakeholders in the field of community economic development to invest in inclusive economic development by fostering cooperatively owned enterprises within a broader entrepreneurial “ecosystem.” It helps answer the question, “How can all the actors in a place work together strategically to turn the demand for worker cooperatives into the supply of what is needed to create them?”

Project Equity co-developed the Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework, with the Democracy at Work Institute and piloted it as an analytical and strategy tool looking at five regions around the country.

Published: January 2016.


Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives

Case Studies Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives CoverThis collection of case studies shows a range of examples of how specific businesses have converted from traditional business structures to become worker owned. This is an important reference for businesses considering converting to a worker coop, as well as any individual who would like to learn more about the specifics of the worker cooperative conversions.

Published: April 2015.


Bay Area Blueprint: Worker Cooperatives as a Community Economic Development Strategy

This paper describes a project in the Bay Area of California to create a local action plan for moving towards scale and impact of worker cooperative development by engaging multi-sectoral actors. It includes a framework for assessing the opportunities in a local region to increase worker coops to benefit low wage workers, and takeaways for other regions that want to apply a similar approach.

Published: March 2015.


Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale

Worker_Cooperatives_Pathways_To_Scale_CoverThe field of worker co-op development is just beginning to create the infrastructure and knowledge base needed to increase its scale and impact. This paper aims to help build the field of U.S. worker co-op development by providing a current view of the cooperative landscape and by analyzing factors that inhibit or promote cooperative development

Published: June 2014.


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