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Legal Primer

Must read – incorporation, articles and by-laws, membership, equity, liability, patronage,  more.

Sources & Uses

Click to Download Template: How much will it cost to start your co-op? Where will the money come from? Use this template to develop your budget.

Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, part 1

From Urban Greens Food Co-opa three part discussion about why, and how, they decided to do a DPO instead of an Owner Loan Campaign.

Legal Issues in Stage 2

Featuring volunteer labor, capital & equity, hiring staff, more.  With Thane Joyal & Ben Sandel of CDS Consulting Co-op

NCGA and the Development Cooperative

A webinar discussion about National Co+op Grocers (formerly NCGA.)  Hear how it works, how it supports members, is it right for your co-op.

Taxes and Accounting for Co-ops

Webinar features a CPA sharing tax and financial record requirements and best practices for startups and newly opened co-ops.

Sample Chart of Accounts

Click to download: Excel Spreadsheet CoCoCOA – Sample Chart of Accounts from CoMetrics

Developing a Budget For a Food Cooperative

Budget planning begins early in the startup process, and continues through every stage. Get a good start.

Intro to Food Co-op Finance

Jump start your food co-op financial learning curve with this video presentation.