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A worker-owned cooperative turns a profit

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A few weeks after the Little Devil and Whitewater fires almost destroyed the Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, I made my first pilgrimage to the resort. It was an opportune time for a business editor to visit an intentional community and worker-owned cooperative. Why? Because the much-beloved retreat, located ten miles northeast of Detroit near the Willamette National Forest, recently became a financially successful enterprise. Revenues in 2016 clocked in at $4.7 million, and the center meets its 100-person capacity most days of the year.