Fostering community economic development primarily through the cooperative business model since 1979!
Help Orca Books Become a Co-op
Orca Books (located in Olympia, Washington) hopes to transition to a community-owned co-op. In addition to the capital costs of retiring debt and purchasing the inventory, there are a number of other expenses. Whether you join the co-op or not (and we hope that you do join), you can support this effort through a tax-deductible donation through our dedicated program. Learn more at
By 2024, all “Baby Boomers” (those born from 1946 through 1964) will be at least 60 years old. As business owners from this birth cohort plan their retirement, they may not readily find a buyer or have family members interested in keeping the business operational. It is estimated that only 20% of current small businesses will transfer to a new owner. We can help increase that percentage by working with the owners and the employees to create a worker cooperative.
Expand Your Co-op!
To succeed as a strong business, co-ops need effective operations and sound financial management. We can assist with:
Strengthen Your Co-op
Democratic governance and support from other cooperatives are essential to any co-op. We can help strengthen:
Oversight by the Board
Your co-op’s role in the broader community
Start a Co-op!
Co-ops are about people coming together to meet the challenges of their community through mutual aid in a democratic manner. Almost any organization that has an economic function can be a co-op! The Pacific Northwest has a rich diversity of cooperatives from internet providers, fruit and vegetable producers, homecare workers, software developers, consumer co-ops (grocery, sporting goods, and even a funeral home), financial institutions, and more. We look forward to hearing about your project and offering our technical assistance.
We’ve been around for decades helping co-ops in the Pacific Northwest. This short video offers a summary of our work.
Celebrate Co-ops! Each Spring Co-op in the NW gather in Olympia to promote the co-op model and celebrate our successes!
Home Care Co-ops
As the nation continues to age, in-home caregiving continues to be one of the fastest-growing service sectors. Co-ops offer caregivers control over their working conditions, better wages, and even benefits.