Michigan Cooperative Development Program

 

The Michigan Cooperative Development Program assists new and existing cooperatives, and employee-owned companies through education, research, and technical assistance. 

48 Co-ops

received technical assistance

20 Years

of co-op development expertise

9 Staff

strategically located across the state

The Michigan Cooperative Development Program exists to support current and emerging cooperative and employee-owned enterprises in meeting their business goals. The program has 20 years of experience in supporting housing, worker, producer, consumer, purchasing, and multi-stakeholder co-ops. 

We offer no-cost education and technical assistance to support co-ops at all points in their business journey. Services include:

  • business planning
  • financial analysis
  • feasibility studies
  • board trainings
  • bylaws development
  • marketing plans
  • business succession
  • legal incorporation

All types of co-ops are eligible for assistance. For more information, contact Bill Knudson at knudsonw@msu.edu or Parker Jones at jonesp28@msu.edu.

For decorative purposes.

A Handbook for New Cooperative Directors

July 31, 2023

Cooperatives are a type of business where the owners of the business are also the users of the goods or services provided by the business.

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Topics in Cooperative Governance

December 9, 2022

This brief analysis considers some topics of cooperative governance. The primary focus is on the Board of Directors but many of these topics also are important for the hired management of the cooperative.

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