To increase economic opportunities and benefits by creating and strengthening cooperative businesses and networks that grow an equitable economy. We give priority to developing the power and capacity of low-income, minority, and/or underserved areas of the Metro Nashville and beyond.
The elimination of racial and community disparities in employment, wealth and income in an economy that sustains community and earth.
We hold the following values as important within our organization and in our work with communities: cooperation, democracy, equality, solidarity, equity, justice, openness, honesty, inclusion, social responsibility and caring for others and the environment.
— Intro to Cooperative Entrepreneurship Class Participant, Fall 2017
What is a cooperative (or co-op for short)?
International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Statement:
“A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and/or cultural needs and/ or aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”
Cooperatives are values-based businesses with a multiple bottom line: people, planet, profit, community.
Worker co-ops are businesses democratically-owned and -controlled by the people who work there. The members benefit equitably.