Upstart NY – The co-op way: stronger together

From Upstart NY:

Cooperation Buffalo is a worker cooperative business development founded one and a half years ago by three entrepreneurs who desired to “help people achieve economic security.” In a nutshell, Cooperation Buffalo employs strategies to start cooperative businesses.

Currently, they are helping to transition a child care center in Buffalo that is structured in the typical way—an owner (retiring baby boomer) and its employees—into a worker-owner co-op. In January, when the process is complete, its 20 employees will become worker-owners.

Andrew Delmonte, one of the Cooperation Buffalo worker-owners who used to work in the nonprofit sector, says joining in the development business cooperative was a natural fit for him. “It’s meaningful work for me to be able to practice democracy in the workplace.”

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