Building Shared Entrepreneurship: How and Why to Start a Worker-owned Coop

Building Shared Entrepreneurship: How and Why to Start a Worker-owned Coop

Monday, September 14, 2020 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Building Shared Entrepreneurship: How and Why to Start a Worker-owned Coop

“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 14, from 3-4 PM

Cost: FREE


In this session we will cover the basics about worker-owned cooperative businesses; what they are, how they are different from other businesses, and how they can help reduce economic inequality. We’ll also touch upon how cooperative ownership can be part of the recovery from our current economic crisis.

You will learn:
- What a worker-owned cooperative is and how to start one
- An overview of cooperatives in the US and the world
- Basics about the structures that define and govern a worker co-op
- The benefits of starting/owning 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.