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This class covers the basics of the Cooperative Business Model and opportunities to start a worker-owned co-op in Austin.

Worker co-ops are businesses that are owned by their employees. These radical enterprises center the needs and expertise of the people who put their labor and love into the work each day. Worker-owners have the opportunity to emerge as workplace and community leaders and build wealth by growing equity in the business. Worker co-ops are an essential tool to creating a more just economy.

Local Cooperative expert Annelies Lottmann, a cooperative development specialist, will begin with the basics of the cooperative model and cooperative principles and talk through the practical ways that these core values operate in the context of worker-ownership. This course is designed to give participants knowledge and tools to consider whether creating a worker co-op could be right for their business idea. The class will include:

  • Cooperative Values
  • Case Studies of Successful Worker Cooperatives
  • Practical Considerations for Starting a Worker Co-op

Class attendees will have the opportunity to schedule FREE coaching and consulting with the instructor and other co-op experts. Este webinar es gratuito y se presentará en inglés con interpretación al español. This webinar is free and will be presented in English with Spanish language interpretation.

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request - including translation and interpretation services. For assistance, please contact the Economic Development Department at 512-974-7819. The City receives and accepts Video Relay Service (VRS) calls from people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing through Relay Texas 7-1-1.


Free to attend.

Register for Introduction to Cooperatives: Starting a Worker Co-op

Virtual Event

United States

City of Austin Small Business Division