City of Minneapolis – Free Class on Creating A Cooperative

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) – City of Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is offering a class for groups interested in creating a cooperative. The class will equip the participants with tools to evaluate their co-op idea and/or to refine their model for those that are already in the process of incorporation.

City of Minneapolis Innovation Center      –        Crown Roller Mill Building, 105 5th Ave S, #150, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Eight Thursdays, from Oct 12 to Dec 7, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This program is paid by the City of Minneapolis and there is no cost to participate.


Registration: Will close on October 2, 2017

Learn more here:

Accepted participants will be notified by Oct 6, 2017

Groups interested in locating a co-op in Minneapolis
Groups with a minimum of 2 to 3 people (not for individuals)
Groups must have selected a product or service to evaluate prior to the class
Commitment to attend the eight (8) sessions and work on the feasibility plan

Class Topics:
Session 1: Introduction of participants, co-op business model, and participant projects;
Session 2: Understanding and leading the development process;
Session 3: Developing a business plan, building a sustainable co-op business enterprise;
Session 4: Building the democratic community and co-op feasibility study;
Session 5: Focus on financials;
Session 6: Cooperative governance;
Session 7: Legal framework;
Session 8: Resources and moving forward.

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  • C-TAPFall 20117 Class Invite.pdf