Mt. Vernon Co-op Academy

Learn How to Start Your Own Co-op!

The Mount Vernon Co-op Academy will be held on-line this Spring from May 7-June 25.

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Space is limited to 25 people or 5 groups in order to provide support and engagement between on-line sessions.

Who Should Attend:

  • Business owners who want to secure the legacy of their business by selling to their employees.
  • People interested in creating a cooperative to meet their needs for housing and/or work,
  • Consumers or producers seeking control over their marketplace.
  • Existing staff and board members of cooperatives who want to learn more about the co-op model.

Everything that You Need To Know to Join



Time: Thursdays from 10:00 am-12:00 beginning May 7, 2020

Schedule of Classes

  • Week 1: Co-op Basics
  • Week 2: Governance and Decision-making
  • Week 3: The Business Model Canvas
  • Week 4: The Money Talk: Equity and Feasibility
  • Week 5: Business Planning and Marketing
  • Week 6: Accountability
  • Week 7: Cultural Literacy
  • Week 8: Putting it Together with a Strategic Plan


  • Cindy Brooks, Mt. Vernon SBDC
  • Deborah Craig, NWCDC
  • John McNamara, NWDC
  • plus guest speakers and presenters.

Recommended Reading and Viewing

There aren’t any textbooks for the academy, but we recommend the following:

  • Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur
  • Many Voice, One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy by Ted J. Rau and Jerry Koch-Gonzalez
  • The Legacy Project is a series of videos about the legal and accounting practices involved with converting a business to a worker-owner entity. This series will also provide a good basis for much of what will be covered in the academy.

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