Building Shared Entrepreneurship: The Foundation

Building Shared Entrepreneurship: The Foundation

Monday, September 28, 2020 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Building Shared Entrepreneurship: The Foundation

“A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned enterprise”.

Monday, September 28, from 3-4 PM

Cost: FREE

In this session, we’ll cover group communication in worker coops which forms a strong foundation for healthy business operations and working relationships. We’ll review different types of meeting structures and roles, and different ways to make decisions, including development of a shared vision.

You Will Learn:
- What kinds of needs should be addressed at meetings?
- What is the difference between majority vote and consensus decision making?
- What are vision and mission statements
- What other types of policies do you want to start with when forming a worker coop

This workshop is taught by
Ashley Ortiz is an entrepreneurial business support specialist with a passion for employee ownership and an equitable economy. She has extensive experience as a technical advisor, business owner, and educator in the cooperative, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. Ashley was the Cooperative Developer & Technical Advisor at Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and was an advisor and educator for The L.A. Co-op Lab. Ashley has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University. Ashley joins West from Boulder, CO, where she currently works at Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center as their Statewide Technical Assistance Specialist.


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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.