Creating a co-operative business.

Western Canada is ready for innovative co-operative business solutions unique to the changing needs of rural and Indigenous communities.

The creation of a new co-operative business requires business capacity, social/market capacity, a well-defined need not being met and awareness of the co-operative business model.

Our Create phase is designed to help provide a thorough understanding of the right business solution for your unique situation and outline the steps towards a viable business model.

Co-operatives First works with you.

We work with you to understand:

•    Which co-operative business model is right for your situation
•    Best governance structure suited to the situation
•    Business planning
•    Financing options
•    The pathway to a proper feasibility study
•    Operational structure of the business

What we offer:

•    Facilitated meetings
•    Support for logistics and knowledge management
•    Mediation of differing opinions
•    Pathfinding between ideas and communities
•    Exploration and innovation for community-led ideas and solutions
•    A deep knowledge of business, community and economic development
•    An even deeper knowledge of the co-operative business model
•    A network of specialists, financing partners and business, community and economic development professionals

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.