A Testament to New York City’s Initiative to Develop Worker Owned Businesses:Green Worker Cooperatives Launches Three New Worker Owned Cooperatives
Bronx, NY- The fall 2014 Coop Academy Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 3:00pm, at 1231 Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx New York. Thirteen individuals that make up three cooperatives will be honored as completing this intense cooperative business bootcamp.
The graduation address will be delivered by New York Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo (District 17), a key leader in the City Council who advocated strongly for greater support for worker-owned businesses. Green Worker Cooperative addresses will be delivered by Coop Academy Coordinator Thomas Assefa and Green Worker Cooperatives Founder Omar Freilla.
The Coop Academy was made possible through Mayor DeBlasio’s and the City Council’s historic $1.2 million allocation to grow the number of local worker-owned businesses. Known as the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, the funding was part of an effort to boost the worker cooperative sector in a long-term effort to reduce poverty and inequality. Green Worker Cooperatives is presently incubating and supporting eight New York City based cooperatives (32 worker owners) through this initiative.
The fall 2014 graduating cooperatives are: Bio Classic Cleaning Cooperative, a Latina Women owned cleaning company that uses biodegradable cleaning products. “My reason for being part of Bio-Classic Cleaning Cooperative is so that I could have my own job and have more time for my children. My other jobs did not provide me time to parent as I would like. I also like cleaning with natural products, because that way I take care of not only the clients health, but my health, my families health, and mother earths health”, says Bio Classic worker owner Beatriz Alvarado. Diaspora Destinations is an African travel experience cooperative owned by two black women. “The most important reason of why I co-founded Diaspora Destinations is that this cooperative is truly the marriage between my love for my community, my passion for travel, and my realization that I can be part of a business that I believe in. Coop Academy has really taught me that being an entrepreneur is no longer an unattainable dream or something that others do.” says worker owner Rafiah Vitalis. Latino Arts Movement a cooperative that works to create educational, cultural and social experiences so that stereotypes in mainstream media that plague the Latino community can be countered progressively.
The graduation ceremony will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday January 24th, at the Business Outreach Center’s Bronx Business Incubator 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd floor in the Bronx. For more information, please call 404 610 2807.
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