Helping your business thrive.

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 Thrive phase includes tools to increase business performance.

A few ways we can help include:

Business check-up.

Co-operatives First provides training for board and employees. Topics could include: co-operative business model training for board members and employees; governance reviews; business positioning; and member-owner engagement strategies.

Community check-in.

Co-operatives First facilitates a community meeting to ensure the business aligns with and is serving the needs of the community.

Co-operative business community check-in.

Co-operatives First facilitates a regional meeting of co-operative business leaders in your region. Comparing successes and challenges is a good way to assess your business performance and opportunities for improvement.

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.