Creating a cooperative to grow your business
The saying goes that there's strength in numbers. That is power of the cooperative formula, which you can tap into by creating a producers' cooperative. By joining other entrepreneurs, you can share the services and tools that help grow your business. Entrepreneurs in the same industry who choose to unite still control their respective businesses and benefit from advantages that are too often reserved for large organizations.
A producers' cooperative operates a business whose primary objective is to supply the goods and services its members need to carry out their work. This formula can be an appealing legal framework for self-employed workers, professionals, merchants or producers seeking to establish a network where there's strength in numbers. The cooperative brings together individuals or businesses that want to share the costs associated with their profession or their operations:
- Joint negotiations with suppliers
- Shared offices and equipment
- Shared management systems
- Joint promotion and launches of products and services
- Business opportunity creation
- Member representation
- Training and communication<
There are many advantages to forming a producers' cooperative:
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