Green Business. Worker-Owned. Doers Wanted.


We are pioneers in educating cooperative startups and are the oldest people of color-led worker cooperative development organization in the U.S. Our signature five-month bilingual cooperative business boot camp, the Co-op Academy, takes place in the South Bronx and is the first business accelerator for worker cooperative startups in the U.S., having been proven and tested through 19 cohorts, producing over 40 active worker cooperatives. Our bottom-up approach empowers cooperative members and centers people of color. 

By donating, you play a vital role in supporting this work, in creating businesses that not only create jobs but that are role models for their industries. Earlier this month, we held our 2nd annual Social Justice Holiday Market, featuring over 35 vendors, mostly all women of color, committed to social justice in our communities. It was a beautiful display of the love and commitment that lives within our community that is hungry for support and recognition. 

And right now we have five incredibly committed startup worker co-ops that have just completed our Co-op Academy. They are: 

  • Rebellious Root, a consulting co-op focused on strategic planning services for social justice organizations and support and training for organizations and agencies working with young people.
  • Solar Uptown Now Services, providing installation and maintenance of solar panels.
  • Laticosina, a restaurant providing a wide selection of foods from throughout Latin America.
  • Lofty Heights Wellness Studio,  a yoga studio and holistic health center for the northeast Bronx.
  • Apoteca, an apothecary and cafe offering cannabis and other herbal remedies.



You may or may not be aware of it, but for the past 5 years Green Worker Cooperatives has been mostly funded through city contracts. While the money has been critical to our growth, these contracts typically take a year to get approved. And the actual money takes even longer to show up resulting in occasions where we’ve got a long list of folks to pay and longer delays in the money to pay them with. We’ve gotten much better at managing those moments but they’re still stressful.  We are grateful that we had enough individual donations come in recently in celebration of our 15 year anniversary that we were able to fill in some of the gap this time around. Your individual donations actually do make a big difference.

Our work is not possible without you! Take a moment to donate today to keep this work going.

  • Upcoming events

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 06:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Green Worker Coops in Bronx, NY

    Co-ops Are for Lovers


    We often hear from folks who ask us how we can help them meet other entrepreneurs who might be right for starting a worker-owned business together. It takes at least two people to start a cooperative (otherwise you might just be in an 'operative.) We help teams of entrepreneurs launch their business through our training program called the Co-op Academy.

    The Co-op Academy is a 5 month program to launch a business in under a year. It demystifies the startup process, and reduces time spent trying to figure out what customers actually want. And we do this all at no cost - free. Not everyone has partners to join in our Co-op Academy. To support the folks who are searching for others, and want to know more about worker cooperative businesses, we offer this event.

    Part information session & part networking for folks interested in starting a small business, or in the early stages of formation.

    • Come prepared to talk about your business idea, professional background, and share your contact info.
    • Share relevant professional background and business goals, and learn about the same from others.
    • Build relationships with others seeking to start similar businesses.
    • If you have a partner or not, and are co-op-curious, come out and learn more.

    Starting a new business can be a scary proposition. We can support you in making that happen without taking the risk alone and before you spend a dollar. 

    Turn your great idea into a real worker-owned business. Hit the ground running with a strong team and a solid plan. Give yourself the real training you need to start and stay in business. 

    You might not find love but you could find potential business partners around an idea.