cooperatives

Co-op 101: How Do Cooperatives Compare to Other Business Structures?

In our last post about Co-ops we talked about how cooperatives demonstrate the following principles: User-owned, User-Controlled; and User-benefitted.   There are many positive attributes to the cooperative business structure, but it is not the appropriate structure for every business and its owners.  Choosing the appropriate business structure is an important strategic decision for business owners. 

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Co-op 101: What makes a Cooperative a Cooperative?

Co-op 101: What makes a Cooperative a Cooperative?

So, what is a cooperative? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a cooperative is “an enterprise or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services.” Put simply a cooperative is a business owned and controlled by the people that it services.

Is a Cooperative the Right Choice?

Is a Cooperative the Right Choice?

KCARD is often contacted by individuals and groups that have a business idea and are interested in forming a cooperative. A cooperative can be a great choice and we help people form cooperatives all the time, but many times the cooperative business structure is misunderstood and people have the wrong idea about what a cooperative is and when it is the right business structure.