Build

Building your business.

Co-ops are DYI. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some solid tools and resources.

Our Build products are designed specifically to support you as you develop and grow your new business or organization. 


GOOD GOVERNANCE MATTERS ONLINE COURSE

This course has been developed in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan and is powered by Canvas.

The course introduces people to 3 key concepts in governance and uses interactive case studies to explore the concepts in action.

What you get

  • Learnings, badge or certificate
  • First-hand experience with governance issues and best practices for solving them
  • Access to a comprehensive course on governance
  • Flexibility to use the course when and where you need it

Who should take advantage of this product

  • Leaders of new and existing co-ops looking to improve governance, policy, procedure and decision making.
  • Any board member of an organization
  • Business, government and community leaders

CREATING CONNECTIONS: A WORKSHOP ON EXPLORING CO-OPERATIVES

Designed for business, community and economic developers across Canada, this workshop provides these professionals with a better understanding of the co-operative business model and how to use it to explore growth opportunities.

The workshop examines key features of the model, how to work with groups interested in co-operatives, and offer first-hand experience exploring an opportunity using case studies.

What you get

  • Workshop
  • First-hand experience exploring an opportunity
  • Better understanding of the benefits and versatility of the co-op business model

Who should take advantage of this product

  • Economic, business and community development professionals
  • Business, government and community leaders

THE CO-OP CREATOR

CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

An extensive collection of tools and resources for all stages of co-op business development. These tools can be used by developers working with their clients or by groups building a business in need of resources.

What you get

  • All the tools & resources needed to get a co-operative business up and running in western Canada
  • Online business plan creator

Who should take advantage of this product

  • Economic, business and community development professionals guiding groups through the process of starting a co-operative business
  • Community leaders working through the process of starting a co-operative business
  • Groups starting a co-op that don’t need direct support from the Co-operative First team
  • Groups getting support from our team

Co-operatives First is a privately funded entity. We do not charge for our services and will do our best to limit any foreseen group or community costs related to our participation.