Cooperative Enterprise


We make significant investments in developing knowledge and resources to support the development of cooperative efforts throughout Utah. We do research, gather resources, promote information-sharing, and conduct ongoing evaluation of our work. In short, our goal is to make democratic ownership possible for everyone.

We have carefully developed informational workshops and presentations to share information about our work and cooperative efforts more broadly. Our most commonly requested workshop is Introduction to Cooperatives. This workshop defines what a cooperative is, what it isn’t, and what it should be - as well as different ways to categorize cooperatives into different types.

We love to design and tailor new workshops to the needs of our audience and will work with you to ensure we meet your needs. 

Our cooperative development program also provides comprehensive business development services to cooperatives. We work with startups, established cooperatives, and businesses considering conversion to cooperative ownership to tailor solutions to their individual needs. We work with every kind of owner including consumers, workers, residents, farmers, fishermen, foresters, independent businesses and municipalities, and multi-stakeholder cooperatives.  development assistance, and educational services to individuals and groups in rural areas desiring to organize cooperative businesses or seeking to expand existing cooperatives.

The main goals of our cooperative development program are to:

  1. Provide educational and business development services that support potential or existing cooperatives throughout Utah.
  2. Improve the economic conditions throughout Utah by supporting the development of new cooperatives and the expansion of existing cooperatives.
  3. Contribute to the improvement of economic conditions of rural areas through the formation of new cooperatives and expansion of existing ones that will result in the creation of jobs; the investment in facilities, equipment, and infrastructures; and the generation of new revenues to support local communities.
  4. Utilize private consultants and other private firms, external educational institutions, and federal, state and local agencies to supplement the expertise of the program staff to develop and deliver the educational and cooperative business development programs.
  5. Provide assistance to groups in Utah who want to start cooperative enterprises, and to existing cooperatives wishing to improve or expand operations.

Our staff and consultants bring experience and insight to all aspects of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. Please don't hesitate to email us at if you are in need of technical assistance or advisement. 

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