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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org