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The cooperative ownership structure presents unique variations on issues that arise in any business or organization, including the roles and responsibilities of the cooperative members and directors. finance, and taxation.

Cooperative Topics

The cooperative ownership structure presents unique variations on issues that arise in any business or organization.

General Info on Cooperatives

Cooperatives Community of Practice (online)  UW Extension/US Cooperative Extension System
Co-ops 101 - An Introduction to Cooperatives  USDA Rural Development CIR 55
Cooperatives in Wisconsin: The Power of Cooperative Action  UW Center for Cooperatives
Cooperatives: Principles and Practices in the Twenty-First Century  UW Extension
Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade International Co-operative Alliance

 

Governance: how the affairs of the cooperative are administered; the roles and responsibilities of cooperative members, directors, and management.

Finance: equity, patronage and financing issues in start-up cooperatives, ongoing cooperative operations, taxation, and demutualization and liquidation.

Legal and Taxation laws and legislation affecting cooperative incorporation, taxation, operations, and reporting.

Benefits: the unique impacts that cooperatives create on the membership, the marketplace, and the community.

Sector Topics:  cooperative issues that are unique to a particular economic sector, or the cooperative topic variations that specific to the economic sector.