Ready to formalize your co-op plans so you can start to build your business? A solid business plan and/or feasibility study is an important tool. Here’s how we can help:

Business Plan

Every business should have a plan. Our team of experienced professionals can help — whether you want to go it alone using our online business plan creator or need someone to take the reins and do one for you.

Understanding how your idea competes. Who you can expect to buy from your co-op. How best to position the business in the marketplace. Knowing how much capital you need and what cash flow might look like for the business. Each of these things is critical to the well-being of your co-op.

At Co-operatives First, we have an experienced team of professionals that’s well-equipped to guide you through the planning process.

What you get

  • A business plan tailored to your unique opportunity
  • Expert advice from experienced professionals
  • Free tools and resources

Who should take advantage of this product

Leaders planning a new co-operative business or revitalizing an existing one in rural and Indigenous communities throughout western Canada.

Test your idea for feasibility

A feasibility study is a good idea for new co-op projects. These studies test your business idea for feasibility prior to launching a new co-op. While often a co-op can start simply by attracting enough interest from like-minded people, some ideas need to be researched, tested and thought out a bit more. Ideas like these should get a feasibility study.

These types of studies will generally look at all the environmental factors related to the business idea. These factors include things like market access, demographics, logistics, available suppliers, competitors and the like. Understanding the nuance of how your idea might play out in the marketplace helps decision makers decide if the investment is worth it.

What you get

  • A comprehensive feasibility study done by a professional
  • Guidance and support from our team
  • Access to free tools and resources

Who should take advantage of this product

Leaders looking to better understand if their business idea is viable and need insight into decision making about whether the investment is worth it or not.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”