Who We Are
A different kind of business development organization
Co-operatives First is a business development organization funded by the Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited. We promote and support business development based on the co-operative business model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada.
What we want
Our goal is to help community leaders and co-op entrepreneurs build new businesses, grow local economies and support community development.
What we do
As a business development organization, we provide supports, resources and tools designed to make the process of starting a co-op easier.
Our job is to make sure community leaders understand the benefits and versatility of the co-operative business model, and co-op entrepreneurs have every available tool to make their venture a reality. To do this, we offer a variety of free resources and provide a dedicated relationship manager for your project.
Why we do it
We believe the co-operative business model has a role to play in growing and thriving rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada.