Explore

Exploring an opportunity.

Have a specific opportunity to explore? Explore this opportunity with us.

Our Explore products are designed to tease out the best way to take advantage of the opportunity and map out the pathway to creating a new business or organization.

EXPLORE! Workshop

Co-operatives First EXPLORE! workshops aim to put your idea or opportunity on a path towards successful business development.

The CF team leads discussion, provides relevant examples and outlines how to move from idea to enterprise. EXPLORE! workshops provide a chance for your group to discuss your opportunity and gain clarity around how a business could deliver the desired service or product as a co-operative.

This workshop is a great option for community leaders or groups with a specific opportunity that they are looking to explore.

What you get

  • Facilitated meeting
  • Report on discussion and suggested next steps

Who should use this service

Community leaders; business owners; groups interested in developing a business; elected officials; and economic, business and community development professionals


CFCE SURVEYS

Co-operatives First Community Engagement Surveys. For groups interested in engaging their community about a specific set of needs and opportunities, Co-operatives First can develop and host a survey. Community leaders can then distribute and use the survey to collect responses from community members. Co-operatives First will report to you on the results.

Surveys like these tend to be used to gauge interest in participating in a co-op, initial market analysis and soliciting feedback on a town hall or community meeting.

What you get

  • Survey and tools
  • Report on results

Who could use this product

Community leaders; business owners; groups interested in developing a business; elected officials; and economic, business and community development professionals


CFCE MENTORSHIP

Co-operatives First has an extensive network of connections in the business world with access to significant expertise and experience. Connecting you with this network helps facilitate valuable learnings that will help you build a better business.

This product is right for groups or community leaders looking for expertise to help push their business idea along.

What you get

  • Partnership
  • Facilitated discussion

Who should us the product

Community leaders; business owners; groups interested in developing a business; elected officials; and economic, business and community development professionals


SUCCESSION Workshop

In response to changes or emerging challenges in a community, this workshop focuses on where and when a co-op can help. Challenges tackled often include: succession planning, second tier co-operatives or the benefits of mutualizing a business. These workshops guide groups through an understanding of the business model, the process of creating a co-op and how a co-op can be shaped to find local solutions.

What you get

  • Workshop
  • Report on discussion and suggested next steps

Who should take advantage of this product

Groups or communities facing a specific community challenge, such as business succession, employment or value-added resource development - including community leaders, producers, business owners, community administrative staff, elected officials, and economic, business and community 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.