Co-operative Business Networking May 20

Come out to meet other people building a cooperative economy in Pittsburgh!

  • 6 -8 PM Wednesday, May 20th at the
  • Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave.

Hear more at our interview with the Hardware Store entrepreneur-owned incubator!

Please join us if you are…

  • Part of a cooperative
  • Starting a co-op or converting a business to a co-op
  • Part of a community group or economic development organization that can help co-ops succeed
  • Want to meet people to potentially team up with to build your cooperative business

RSVP to Ron Gaydos, ron@SceniusStrategies.com or to Gabe McMorland, Gabriel@thomasmertoncenter.org

 

Have you seen how many co-ops we have in Pittsburgh? Check out the directory from Cooperate Pittsburgh: https://cooperatepgh.wordpress.com/listings/cooperatives/

This free event includes snacks and a few networking activities. Most importantly, it’s a time to meet other people building co-ops in Pittsburgh.

This event is hosted by the New Economy Campaign of the Thomas Merton Center.

A cooperative is an organization that is owned and democratically controlled by its members, who may be individuals or independent organizations (including other coops). Within this model, there is a lot of flexibility.

Cooperatives exist with different structures, across many sectors, and with a variety of target members. Some of the main cooperative types are consumer (which includes buying clubs and credit unions), worker, producer, and housing coops.

Cooperatives are typically based on seven core principles:
•       Voluntary and open membership
•       Democratic member control
•       Economic participation by members
•       Autonomy and independence
•       Education, training, and information
•       Cooperation among cooperatives
•       Concern for community

See you there!