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Thursday
Oct302014

Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium: Exploring Cooperative Approaches

November 7th, 2014
112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
The Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium is a one-day event that is designed 
to foster conversations about alternatives for economic revitalization, such as 
youth entrepreneurship and worker cooperatives. Members of the Youth 
Economic Group are hosting the event, and have invited students from 
Liberty, South Fallsburg, and Monticello to participate in a challenge to come 
up with new ventures with the help of professional coaches. We welcome 
adult participants who wish to provide feedback, seek innovative ideas, and 
above all support local youth.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium is a one-day event that is designed 
to foster conversations about alternatives for economic revitalization, such as 
youth entrepreneurship and worker cooperatives. Members of the Youth 
Economic Group are hosting the event, and have invited students from 
Liberty, South Fallsburg, and Monticello to participate in a challenge to come 
up with new ventures with the help of professional coaches. We welcome 
adult participants who wish to provide feedback, seek innovative ideas, and 
above all support local youth.

Tuesday
Oct212014

The Community Development Committee: Public Hearing 

The Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing on Intro 423, the bill Rosenthal introduced to issue a study of how much City procurement money goes to worker cooperatives, and then to make recommendations for a future program to designate procurement requirements for worker coops.

See this link for the meeting details and the bill text

The hearing is Tuesday October 21st @ 1:00PM at City Hall in the Committee Room.

 

 Please respond to mpaone@fpwa.org for more information.

 

Tuesday
Oct212014

Coop Academy Update: October 21st

During the bi-weekly saturday sessions, Co-op Academy participating teams, Bio Classic Cleaning Cooperative, Diaspora Destinations and Latino Arts Movement were introducted to consensus building process and cooperative structures.

The day was facilitated by Co-op Academy Graduates and current worker owners of Ginger Moon and Caracol Interpreters. 

While the adults where building their cooperatives, their children, led by our amazing childcare provider Amali Sierra, where at the New York Botanical Garden learning about cooperative musical instruments, pumpkin harvest and decoration, and arts and crafts.  

 

Tuesday
Oct212014

October is Co-op Month! 

Some Coop Historical Tid bits:

  • Minnesota was the first state to declare an official Co-op Month proclamation in 1948.
  • Co-op Month has been a nationally recognized celebration since 1964, when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, proclaimed October Co-op Month.
  • The U.S. Government sponsored Co-op Month from 1964-70.

Some Coop Facts

  • They are owned and democratically controlled by their members—the people who use the co-op’s services or buy its goods—not by outside investors.
  • They return surplus revenues to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their “investment” or ownership share.
  • They are motivated not by profit, but by service—to meet their members’ needs for affordable and high quality goods or services.
  • They exist solely to meet the serve their members.
  • They pay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves. Surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income. 
Tuesday
Oct072014

Job Announcement: Worker Co-op Developer

The Worker Co-op Developer is responsible for the development of a menu of service options for graduates of our Coop Academy, a 6-month cooperative business boot camp, in order to provide them with ongoing support that will grow their cooperatives and help them reach their goals. The Worker Co-op Developer would be an innovative and out of the box thinker capable of conducting thorough assessments of business operations and governance structures; helping co-ops troubleshoot problems as they arise; connecting co-ops with new opportunities; and holding them accountable to their promises. Additional goals for this position are to develop and strengthen the inter co-op relationships among cooperatives within the GWC network as well the relationship between GWC and its member cooperatives.

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