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WIN $15,000 IN SUPPORT TO START A CO-OPERATIVE
SASKATOON — Business development organization Co-operatives First is again giving away $15,000 in business start-up support to celebrate Small Business Week and Co-op Week.
Starting October 16th 2023, groups of prospective entrepreneurs can pitch their idea for a co-operative business and be entered to win Co-operatives First’s full suite of support, including business coaching, incorporation, board training, communications training, and more.
To enter, groups need to provide Co-operatives First with a short, written pitch on their business idea. The business must be a good fit for the co-operative model, meaning at least three people or parties must be involved in the project.
“The co-operative model is a versatile way of doing business that can make a big impact on communities,” said Co-operatives First Executive Director Audra Krueger. “We’ve helped groups to start everything from childcare and housing co-operatives to artist, ag producer, and investment co-ops.”
Additionally, signing up for Co-operatives First’s Introduction to Co-operatives online course between October 16th and November 16th will enter you in a draw to win a $100 Co-op gift card. This free online training is a self-directed boot camp for collaborating entrepreneurs unfamiliar with the co-operative model.
“The Intro to Co-ops course is designed to help entrepreneurs organize their new business,” said Krueger. “If you want to pitch us a business but want a better understanding of the co-op model first, this free training is a great place to start.”
To learn more about the contest and online course, visit cooperativesfirst.com/team-up-on-a-start-up/
Aasa Marshall, Director of Communications
Co-operatives First is a non-profit organization funded by Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System. Founded in 2015, the organization provides co-op start-up resources such as business coaching, online courses, and incorporation support to rural and Indigenous entrepreneurs across western Canada. Our goal is to help leaders in these communities build new businesses, grow local economies, and support community development.