Start A Co-op

We can help you start your business

Starting a new business is a big undertaking — but if you’re starting a co-op, we can be there every step of the way.  Explore each of these links to learn how we can help. Want more details, or to get started on your own? Check out The Co-op Creator for support.


  • Design

    Let us help you get your co-op started off right, by getting the right people and ideas in place.

  • Incorporate

    Ready to make your co-op official? We can help you file the paperwork.

  • Plan

    A great business starts with a great business plan. Our resources will help you get yours together.

  • Operate

    Your co-op is up and running — now what? Here’s what your Board of Directors needs to know.

“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.”