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The cost of living is rising: here’s how co-ops can help

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3 steps to starting a childcare co-op

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Business plans and feasibility studies: which do you need?

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Business owner? Here’s why you should start a co-op

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The benefits of business plans

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How to pitch your co-op idea

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Four ways to build a housing co-op

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Communities can grow by collaborating on childcare

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Project Equity and employee ownership

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How to avoid common mistakes when incorporating your co-op

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Five co-ops every small town needs

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Moving forward with your co-op start-up

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Three signs your client should consider starting a co-op

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How your co-op can navigate rising interest rates

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Real insights about co-op startups: A conversation with Cathy Edwards

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A capital problem: a cut-and-wrap co-op hits the chopping block

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Multi-stakeholder co-ops: When are they the right fit?

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How to finance an Indigenous co-operative

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Why incorporating early is important for an on-Nation co-op

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Starting a business on First Nation? Here are the Acts you should know about

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“Heather and the team at Co-operatives First are top-notch. Not only their knowledge but their understanding of the project. They have truly helped us along every step of the way. Their timely response and knowledge of the steps are extraordinary. They are forthcoming with information. This is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Weyburn Theatre

“Co-operatives First made the process of establishing our Artisan Co-operative a very clear and easy process. The expanse of available tools and resources provided by Co-operatives First answers many questions and lightens the workload. Greatly appreciate having the connections made with Trista and Kyle, they keep the co-operative moving forward.”

Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op

“Our experience working with the Co-operatives First team was absolutely fabulous. The staff was accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. It was truly a breath of fresh air to have such a wealth of skill and resources available to a non-profit. They were invaluable to our successful launch!”

Heart Linked Community Services Cooperative

“Working with Co-operatives First was fantastic! We are still new to the cooperative world, and we relied heavily on their advice and expertise when drafting our rules/bylaws, and our memorandum of association. The team has experience with many different cooperative models, so they provided advice on what has and hasn’t worked for other cooperatives. We wouldn’t have been able to incorporate without their help!”

Ananda Cooperative

“We have had a very positive experience with everyone at Co-operatives First. They have helped us in multiple ways. Right from the first step in knowing how to incorporate, how to set our business and offering ideas for us to help steer us in the right direction plus allowing us to really make our own decisions. If our decisions go off track, they have gently guided us back to where we needed to be. The Co-operatives first guys are always eager to answer questions, and give ideas to us that got us off the ground.”

South East Butcher Block