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Starting a worker cooperative is an exciting and challenging endeavor! 

Here are a few to-do's to get your team started:

  1. Learn the definition of a worker co-op.
  2. Join the USFWC as a member organization. You'll be connected to a national and international network of cooperators, developers, and allies that will help to support you through the process.
  3. Attend our FREE monthly Worker Co-op Startup webinar - see our events page for the next session
  4. Check out Start.coop's Introduction to Lean Co-op, an online course for entrepreneurs building cooperatively-owned businesses
  5. Choose a book from our Co-op Bookshelf to read with your team
  6. Work through the Co-op Movement study guide from TESA Collective

Additional startup resources from the Democracy at Work Institute are available here, and check out our past webinars and mini guides below! 

Worker Cooperative Startup Webinar

Hosted on the first Friday of every month. Register now on our events page.

Can't make a first Friday? Email us at clinic@usworker.coop for more information. 

 

Mini Guide: Building Your Team, Hiring & Onboarding

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Mini Guide: Setting Membership Fees

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Mini Guide: Conflict Resolution in Democratic Workplaces

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Mini Guide: Financing your Co-op

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Mini Guide: Funding for Technical Assistance

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Mini Guide: Co-op Structure & Decision-Making

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Technical Assistance Packages from the Co-op Clinic

The USFWC Co-op Clinic offer high-quality support by and for the Worker Co-op movement.  See the suggested packages of support for the "bulb" tier, specifically made for Startup businesses.

See our Co-op Clinic page and check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.