National Support Networks

Community Wealth

Community Wealth strives to be the web’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information resource on state-of-the-art strategies for democratic, community-based economic development. They offer resources on topics like directories, breaking news, publications, and conference information, as well as cutting-edge initiatives from cities, states, community development corporations, employee-owned firms, land trusts, non-profit organizations, co-ops, universities, and more.

http://www.community-wealth.org/index.html

National Center for Employee Ownership
1736 Franklin St., 8th Flr
Oakland, CA 94612

Non-profit with a focus on ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) as an ownership vehicle. www.nceo.org/library/verysmall.html describes different forms of employee ownership for very small companies (fewer than 20 people).

www.nceo.org

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) was formed in 1990 by national, regional, and local organizations to develop and harness the collective energies of community reinvestment organizations from across the country so as to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities.  NCRC has grown to an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families.

http://www.ncrc.org/about-us

U.S. Federation of Democratic Workplaces and Worker Cooperatives
P.O. Box 170701
San Francisco, CA 94117

The U.S. Federation of Democratic Workplaces is a newly formed (May 2004) national trade association of worker cooperatives and other employee-owned, democratically run workplaces. The federation aims to provide education, training, and technical assistance to its members. As part of the Federation, the Democracy at Work Institute promotes the worker cooperative model by sharing skills among existing cooperatives, providing practical support in the form of training resources and referrals to those interested in starting worker cooperatives, and educating the public about the need for and benefits of worker-ownership and workplace democracy.www.usworker.coop/howtos/startups has great resources for starting a worker co-op, including two comprehensive guides in PDF form.

http://www.usworker.coop

U.S. Solidarity Economy Network

The social solidarity economy includes activities and organizations of associative, cooperative, and mutual nature created to respond to the need for jobs and the well-being of people, as well as those citizen movements geared toward democratizing and transforming the economy.

http://ripessna.wordpress.com/

Particularly for Cooperatives

Association of Cooperative Educators
29630-109th Avenue North
Hanover, MN, 55341

ACE is a membership organization that brings together educators, researchers, cooperative members, and cooperative developers from across cooperative sectors and national borders. The resulting cross-pollination of ideas enhances cooperative development, strengthens cooperatives, promotes professionalism and improves public understanding

http://www.ace.coop/

Cooperation Works!
Common Enterprise Development Corporation
29630 – 109th Avenue North
Hanover, MN 55341

Cooperative Works! is a national organization providing cooperative organizations with the tools they  need to succeed.  It prides itself on its best business practices, enterprise development and training for all individuals and groups interested in cooperatives.

http://www.cooperationworks.coop/

National Cooperative Business Association
1401 New York Ave. NW Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

The National Cooperative Business Association is a trade association that represents cooperatives in a wide variety of fields, including agricultural cooperatives, credit unions, food co-ops, purchasing co-ops, worker co-ops, and others.

www.ncba.coop

North American Students of Cooperation
P. O. Box 180048
Chicago, IL 60618

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family [of associations] organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

http://www.nasco.coop/

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