University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

THE MANUAL

Cooperatives: A Tool for Community Economic Development


Training Manual for the 1998 Cooperative Development Training Conference
Held in Eau Claire and Madison, Wisconsin, April 1998

THIS MANUAL IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT:

http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/manual/cover.html

INTENDED AUDIENCE FOR THE MANUAL:
Anyone who would be involved in the start-up process of any type of cooperative or collaborative venture.  Examples:

  • Founding members of a child care co-op, housing co-op, farmer co-op, worker co-op, etc.
  • Extension Agents (Ag, CNRED, Family Living, 4H)
  • Community and Economic Development Professionals
  • State and Civic Leaders.
MANUAL Table of Contents includes:
    Introduction to Cooperatives
    Basic Steps in Starting a Cooperative
    Conducting a Feasibility Study
    Outline for a Business Plan
    Financing Cooperatives, Legal Issues
    Keys to Success/Potential Pitfalls

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