Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Fifty by Fifty – SBDC Working Group Pilots Employee Ownership Training

From Fifty by Fifty: The Main Street Employee Ownership Act, passed in August 2018, relies heavily on the nation’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to educate and support business owners in transitioning their companies to employee ownership. But for the most part, SBDC business advisors aren’t familiar with employee ownership. To begin to fill […]


Fifty by Fifty – Northwest Cooperative Development Center Launches Legacy Project

From Fifty by Fifty: Thurston County, where the Northwest Cooperative Development Center is located, has nearly 2,000 businesses owned by baby boomers age 60 and over. These businesses employ nearly 15,000 people in a county of just over 250,000 residents. These kinds of numbers spurred the NWCDC and The Washington Grange to apply for funds […]


The World – USDA provides grants to nonprofit to teach communities about co-ops

From The World: By the year 2024, everyone from the Baby Boomer generation will be over 60-years-old. NWCDC hopes to talk with business owners who will be looking to retire soon and inform them how they can transition their business into a co-op. “Rather than have these business disappear and the jobs disappear with them, […]