Thinking of starting a cooperative or converting a current business to a cooperative? Beginning any business is a process, and a cooperative is no exception.
Typically, converting an existing business to a cooperative relates to conversion of the business to a worker cooperative. The Federation of Worker Cooperatives provides information on converting to employee ownership.
How to Start a Cooperative This comprehensive web page include steps for start-ups; resources such as general and sector-specific information and templates on incorporation, bylaws, financing, feasibility studies, business plans, and working with groups; and factors for success.
Cooperative Equity and Ownership: An Introduction This 49-page manual provides an introduction to capitalization structures for member-owned cooperatives and some of their practical applications.
Cooperatives in Wisconsin: The Power of Cooperative Action This publication provides an overview and history of cooperatives in Wisconsin as well as steps and resources to start and operate a co-op within the state. Contact your county Extension office or UWCC for print copies.
- Legal Documents for Cooperatives
- Policies for Cooperatives
- Health Care Co-ops: Articles of Incorporation
- Health Care Co-ops: Bylaws