Co-op Resources

Are you interested in starting a co-op? Joining one? Just curious as to how they work?

Below is a list of resources that can get you started working cooperatively. This list includes co-op developers, incubators, educators, financing opportunities and more.


Finding Co-ops


Recommended Reading, Media, and Education

These are partial lists that we hope spark your interest, and set you on course to read and watch other great materials on cooperatives. 






d@w Media

Co-ops in d@w Media


Other Media



Co-op Legislation

While NGOs, like the International Labor Organization, provide recommendations for legislation to enable and foster cooperative growth, the United States has no federal legislation specifically intended to promote these guidelines. Indeed, unlike other jurisdictions (like Quebec), the United States does not have a government ministry or agency dedicated to developing and fostering worker cooperatives. While agricultural producer cooperatives are supported by the Department of Agriculture, consumer and producer cooperatives don’t have any institutional support. As a result, the legal framework for worker cooperatives depends largely on specific legislation in states and cities.

The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) has collected this diverse set of legislative initiatives into a NCBA statute library website.  The website is a useful reference tool for individuals who want to quickly access specific provisions in different states’ cooperative laws and also have the ability to compare the provisions with similar provisions in other jurisdictions. The library provides a provision-by-provision description of state laws, formatted as an Excel spreadsheet with different pages on subjects such as cooperative purpose, powers, formation, articles of incorporation, bylaws, membership, control, directors, officers, patronage, finance, merger, consolidation, and dissolution.

The library also includes answers to questions on how cooperatives are treated under specific states’ securities, antitrust, escheat, and unclaimed property laws. Further, states’ cooperative tax regimes are described, including state law provisions regarding cooperative income tax, franchise taxes, sales taxes, the domestic production credit, and other taxes and exemptions.

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