Help Red Rabbit reach their goal!

May 31st, 2011

After graduating from TCWC’s Cooperative Business Institute, Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, a worker-owned vegan bakery specializing in donuts, hit the ground running.  Since receiving their graduation certificates, Red Rabbit has moved into a commercial kitchen and is now selling their delicious donuts at Wheatsville Food Co-op, Monkey Wrench Books, Pacha, Genuine Joes Coffeehouse, Happy Hobo Co-op Cafe and Grocer, and Monkey Nest.  If you would like to see Red Rabbit expand their rabbit-shaped shadow across the City of Austin, promoting worker-ownership and tasty vegan baked goods, back them on Kickstarter and help them achieve their goal of raising $10,000!

And now, a word from Red Rabbit:

Hi, we are Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, a worker cooperative that is equally owned and controlled by us, its workers. We believe in putting people before profits while striving to uphold the seven cooperative principles.

Our goal is to create superior vegan products that appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike. Through our food choices, we want to positively impact the earth and its inhabitants. We select our ingredients with care and consideration because we believe that the quality of all food should exceed the conventional standard.

For the last year have been working tirelessly to get our bakery off the ground. We spent six months developing our vegan donut recipe (we ate a lot of donuts!) and another six months finding a kitchen space, equipment, getting all the permits, licenses, suppliers, and clients we needed to start a wholesale bakery business. Finally after many months of hard work, late nights, and a lot of vegan donuts, our dream is slowly becoming a reality! And the best part: the good people of Austin love our handmade donuts!

You can find out more about us and our high-quality, made-from-scratch vegan donuts at our website www.redrabbitcooperativebakery.com or follow us on Facebook for updates www.facebook.com/redrabbitbakery.

The Plan.

Right now we are working out of a commissary kitchen and have started wholesaling to several local coffee shops and our local food coop as well as taking special orders!. Our goal is to expand our business and be able to make our vegan goodies available directly to the great people of Austin! We are looking to buy a food trailer or perhaps a kitchen space of our own in order to make this possible. We decided to start our business small, making yeast-raised vegan donuts in six awesome flavors, but we hope to quickly expand our product line to include other vegan breakfast goodies like cake donuts, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, apple fritters, etc.

Where the money will go.

All donations will go toward our goal of finding a place to call our own! If we reach our goal, we would like to purchase a food trailer (it’s amazing the great food you can find at food trailers here in Austin!) and be able to outfit it with all the necessary equipment and appliances (not to mention getting all the permits and licenses we’ll need) to start selling to the public. If we exceed our goal by quite a bit, we are considering leasing our very own brick and mortar shop!

Austin is an amazing city with a really strong local economy, a very supportive network of local businesses and cooperatives, and lots of great resources for start-ups like ourselves. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to try to make our dreams a reality! We hope you consider donating to our cause and appreciate your support!

Thanks very much!

Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery

What is a worker-owned business?

May 19th, 2011

What is a worker-owned business?

In the face of our broken economy, more people are recognizing the need to go beyond business as usual and begin building a new economy “in the shell of the old”. Across the country and around the world, people are building grassroots economies based on democracy, sustainability and cooperation. One of the pillars of this new economy is a worker-owned cooperative, a business that is owned and controlled by its workers. Want to learn more about worker-owned businesses? Join Third Coast Workers for Cooperation for a participatory workshop on the nuts and bolts of worker-owned cooperatives, an alternative business model that is reshaping our economy by putting people and the planet first.

When: Thursday, May 26 @ 6pm

Where: 5604 Manor Rd.

For more information, contact info@thirdcoastworkers.coop

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Join TCWC at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy

May 2nd, 2011

Join Third Coast Workers for Cooperation at the 2011 Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD), taking place July 8-10 in Baltimore, Maryland under the banner of “Connecting Our Workplaces; Building Cooperative Economies”.  Register today for a chance to learn more about worker-owned businesses and other democratic workplaces in the Eastern United States and beyond.  According to conference organizers, “this years conference will bring together representatives of worker cooperatives, ESOP’s, and other cooperatively-run organizations to strengthen the network of democratic workplaces in the Eastern United States.  Through networking, seminars, tours, and storytelling, participants will exchange tools and solutions for democratic management and development of cooperative workplaces.  We will share strategies for building systems for regional support and advocating for ourselves as we build momentum toward the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.”

Speakers for the conference include, but are not limited to:

-Melissa Hoover, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

-Jessica Gordon Nembhard, The Democracy Collaborative

-Lakeisha Wolf, Ujamaa Collective

-Vanessa Bransburg, Center for Family Life

In addition to workshops and plenaries, enjoy tours of democratic workplaces in Baltimore, showcases of exciting new projects, networking opportunities and entertainment in the evenings.  To register today, click here, and we’ll see you in Baltimore!

Make a Toast to Third Coast! A benefit for Third Coast Workers for Cooperation

March 3rd, 2011

MAKE A TOAST TO THIRD COAST!

A benefit for Third Coast Workers for Cooperation

In the spirit of “Cooperation among cooperatives,” one of the seven cooperative principles that guide all co-ops, Black Star Co-op will host a benefit for Third Coast Workers for Cooperation.  Black Star will be donating 50% of the days sales to Third Coast, supporting a local economy built on democracy, sustainability and cooperation — so bring a full stomach and “Make a Toast to Third Coast”!

When: Sunday, March 27th from 4pm-12am

Where: Black Star Co-op, 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

UT Professor George Cheney on Mondragón and Worker Cooperatives

January 3rd, 2011

Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 7:30pm @ 5604 Manor Rd.

UT professor George Cheney will speak on “Practical Lessons for a New Economy from the 55-year History of the Mondragón Cooperatives in Basque Country, Spain.” This interactive presentation will summarize Cheney’s experiences, research, and consulting in one of the largest worker-owned-and-managed systems in the world, the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation.

Founded in 1956, these worker co-ops comprise the largest firm in the Basque Country and the seventh largest private firm in Spain. Cheney will explain how the Mondragón system, known for its unique cultural and organizational features, holds important lessons for efforts in economic justice and community development, especially as many Americans search for new economic models in response to the “Great Recession.”

This event is sponsored by Third Coast Workers for Cooperation, an organization committed to the development and support of worker-owned green businesses.  For more info, contact info@thirdcoastworkers.coop.  To RSVP for the event on Facebook, click here.

George Cheney is a Communication Studies professor at the University of Texas and has also taught at the universities of Illinois, Colorado, Montana and Utah. He has published eight books, including Values at Work: Employee Participation Meets Market Pressure at Mondragón. A specialist in the study of organizations, Cheney focuses much of his energy today on building just, democratic, and sustainable work enterprises.