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Exploring Entrepreneurship: Cooperative Businesses

City of Austin Small Business Program
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

In this Exploring Entrepreneurship session, you will hear from a four-member panel about the benefits of a cooperative business structure. We'll also dig deeper into the details of how they financed their co-op, how they manage their co-op, and how to convert your business into a cooperative.


Annelies Lottmann, Texas Rural Cooperative Center


Dan Gillotte, Chief Executive Grocer, Wheatsville Co-Op

Andrea Beleno Harrington, Texas C-BAR

Andi Shively, Key Figures

A cooperative, or co-op, buys and sells products or services just like any other business. The difference is a co-op is owned and governed by its members. There are nearly 30,000 cooperatives in the United States with more than 100 million members. Sometimes co-ops are formed when an owner is ready to retire and wants the business to continue with the same employees.


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Networking, light refreshments

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Panel Discussion and Q&A



Register for Exploring Entrepreneurship: Cooperative Businesses

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Manchaca Road Branch Public Library
5500 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78745
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