University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
COOPERATIVES

A Tool for Community
Economic Development
 
THE 1998 COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING CONFERENCE
  • BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

  • University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives 
    Cooperative Development Services 
  • WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM:

  • The Cooperative Foundation 
    Mutual Service Fund of the MSI Insurance Foundation 
    Rural Business-Cooperative Services, USDA

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1Introduction to the Manual & Conference
Chapter 2Cooperatives as an Economic Development Tool
Chapter 3Introduction to Cooperatives
Chapter 4Basic Steps in Starting a Cooperative
Chapter 5Conducting a Feasibility Study
Chapter 6Outline of a Business Plan
Chapter 7Financing Cooperatives
Chapter 8Legal Structure of Cooperatives
Chapter 9Keys to Success &Potential Pitfalls
Chapter 10Housing Co-ops and Other Housing Alternatives
Appendix AResources : Where to go for help
Appendix B Bibliography
Appendix C Sample Bylaws
Appendix D Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation
Appendix E How to Conduct a Survey
Appendix F Excerpts from Feasibility Studies

PUBLISHED BY: 
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives 
230 Taylor Hall / 427 Lorch Street 
Madison, WI 53706-1503 
608-262-3981 phone 
608-262-3251 fax 
Cooperative Development Services 
Suite 401 / 30 West Mifflin Street 
Madison, WI 53703 
608-258-4396 phone 
608-258-4394 fax 
WRITING/EDITING: 
Mary Myers 
Greg Lawless 
E.G. Nadeau 
LAYOUT & DESIGN: 
Dawn Danz-Hale 
EDITORIAL Assistance: 
Darcy Klasna 
STUDENT Assistance: 
Jason J. Boul 
Lynn Strebel 

DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING INITIATIVE.
PROJECT PARTNERS:
Minnesota Association of Cooperatives
University of Wisconsin Center for Community Economic Development
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Agricultural Resource Center
USDA Rural Development Agency-Wisconsin State Office
William Wildcat Tribal Center, UW -Extension, Lac du Flambeau Program
Wisconsin Business Innovation Corporation
Wisconsin Counties Association
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Wisconsin Rural Development Center
Wisconsin Rural Partners
Wisconsin Towns Association

The Cooperative Development Training Conference would not have beenpossible without the generous support of :
  • The Cooperative Foundation
  • Mutual Service Fund of the MSI Insurance Foundation
  • Rural Business-Cooperative Services, United States Department of Agriculture


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