Cooperatives

What is a Cooperative Development Center and why is KCARD one?

What is a Cooperative Development Center and why is KCARD one?

Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is a cooperative development center, providing education, support, and advisory services to groups interested in forming cooperatives and to cooperatives who have already formed.  KCARD has served these needs in Kentucky since 2001 providing assistance to over 50 cooperatives and helping with the establishment of 27 cooperatives.    

Co-op 101: When Does a Cooperative Make Sense?

Co-op 101: When Does a Cooperative Make Sense?

The cooperative business structure can be an effective organization, but it is not appropriate for everyone or every business idea.  When deciding whether to develop a business as cooperative, there are four key factors that need to be present for the cooperative structure to be the right choice.   

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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