Cooperative Development Resources & Case Studies

Case Studies and Articles

Western Montana Growers Cooperative Case Study

Local is Delicious - Case Study of the WMGC (pdf)

WMGC Partner Report (pdf)


Check out the following links to learn more about the cooperative approach!

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives is one of the best places to go to learn about everything co-op.

USDA Rural Development offers a large section about agricultural, utility, and marketing cooperatives.

The National Cooperative Business Association brings together people from all co-op sectors.


Here are a few articles answering common co-op questions, including where the capital for start-up comes from and how democratic control works:

Steps and Decisions for Starting a Co-op (pdf)

Considering Cooperation: A Guide to Starting a Co-op (pdf)

Financing a Cooperative (pdf)

Cooperative Equity and Ownership (pdf)

Co-op Member Loans (pdf)

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