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Report on Cooperative Startups in Minnesota and Wisconsin

The Center recently completed a preliminary study of success factors in cooperative development. The study examines the development process of 14 cooperative start-ups that are located in Minnesota and Wisconsin and operate in the food or agriculture sectors. The goal of the research was to develop a better understanding of how groups are starting new co-ops, what resources are available to those groups, and what factors during start-up lead to successful cooperative businesses.

We hope to build on this research in the coming years using a written survey to gather more comprehensive quantitative data from a larger sample size of both successful and failed cooperatives.

To view a copy of the report, visit: http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/pdf/Co-op_Business_Development_in_Wisconsin_and_Minnesota_Final.pdf.


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