Cooperation Texas works with a variety of stakeholders to level the playing field for the development and support of worker-owned cooperatives, leveraging local resources to build a more just and sustainable economy. While all small businesses face significant challenges, particularly during the start-up phase, worker co-ops face increased barriers as a result of widespread gaps in knowledge about the cooperative model and its benefits among workers, consumers, financial institutions and professional service providers. Education for Cooperation creates a more hospitable environment for worker cooperatives to thrive, addressing these barriers through education, outreach and movement building — laying the foundation for dignified jobs for working families in Texas by:
- Conducting participatory workshops in English and Spanish on the nature and benefits of worker-owned cooperatives with churches, schools and other community-based organizations, creating public support, awareness and future participants in the cooperative economy.
- Developing strategic partnerships with financial institutions and other investors to increase access to capital for workers seeking to start or grow their cooperative.
- Collaborating with professional service providers to build worker capacity in the areas of business law, marketing, accounting and management.
- Building a cooperative movement in Texas that brings together existing cooperative members and the broader community to create a more just and sustainable economy for all working people.
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