Who we are
Co-operatives First is a business development organization funded in full by the Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited. Every day, we focus on promoting and supporting business development based on the co-operative business model. Our priority overall is increasing rural and Indigenous economic development across western Canada.
What we want
Our goal is to help leaders build new businesses, grow local economies and support community development. As a talented and experienced team of professionals, we encourage autonomy and leadership. But we also provide supports, resources and tools aimed at creating a pathway towards success.
What we want is for you to succeed. But we also want what’s best for you and your opportunity. Creating a co-operative business is hard work and takes time. So, we’re straightforward and honest. The process can also be confusing, which is why we offer lots of free resources and a dedicated relationship manager for your project.
What we do
We support leaders hoping to capture opportunities. The leaders we work with build new businesses or organizations. These leaders do the work. Because they have the vision. We simply walk alongside them, offer guidance and sometimes hand over a useful tool.
Our job is to make sure community leaders understand the benefits and versatility of the co-operative business model, and group entrepreneurs have every available tool to make their venture a reality.
Why we do it
We want rural and Indigenous communities to grow and thrive. We believe the co-operative business model has a role to play in supporting this growth.