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Cooperate Now! The co-op business bootcamp. 

For the third year in a row, BCCA has partnered with Vancity and more than a dozen BC co-ops and credit unions in BC to launch an interactive business skills bootcamp for entrepreneurs or community members who are interested in building a co-op enterprise. 

BCCA is excited to announce we are now accepting applications for this year's Cooperate Now program.  Cooperate Now will be held May 4 - 7, 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

What is Co-operate Now?

Co-operate Now is a 3-day intensive co-operative business education program. Co-operate Now provides information on what makes the co-operative model a unique and powerful form of social enterprise, and how to build a competitive and socially impactful local business.

Through Co-operate Now’s interactive workshops, students connect with leaders from the vibrant co-operative sector in BC, including the BC Co-op Association, Vancity Credit Union, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Co-operators Insurance Agencies, CCEC Credit Union, the BC Libraries Co-op, Modo, and many others. These leaders take students through the micro and macro levels of building a co-operative enterprise, and provide the information needed to consider co-operation as a business strategy. Students also build valuable connections to BC co-ops to support their own start-up co-op.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until the class is full.  Class size is limited to ensure an environment of engagement and dialogue.  

2017 Cooperate Now Application

We're excited to bring all kinds of resources to Cooperate Now, including:

  • A connection to co-op leaders from BC
  • Introduction to co-op enterprise
  • Overview of building a co-op business model
  • Financing a co-op enterprise
  • Advantages and challenges of different co-op models
  • Connection to legal and accounting experts who are passionate about co-ops
  • Marketing the co-op advantage
  • Sessions with co-op entrepreneurs who can share their successes and failures
  • Connection to potential mentors
  • Networking with the BC Co-op Association network
  • An interactive business plan preparation sessoin

For more information about this year's Cooperate Now, please email