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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.

Interested?
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  https://goo.gl/forms/q1YiTGWEcutO8YjC2

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 cooperatenow@bcca.coop