The Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) is the City of Madison’s funded initiative to form worker cooperatives that address income inequality and racial disparities by creating living-wage union jobs. We are a collaborative of community-based organizations and cooperative developers. MCDC works to support the growth and creation of worker cooperatives, specifically addressing the factors affecting local communities of color, low wealth and traditionally excluded workforces. The goal is to create a sustainable system that will combat poverty, empower workers and increase equity in order to strengthen Madison’s long-term economic health.

There are many ways you or your organization can be a part of this groundbreaking initiative!

  • Whether you are a person who wants to start a worker-owned cooperative business, or with a community-based organization that wants to develop and support cooperative businesses with the people you serve, MCDC can be a tremendous resource.
  • We offer technical assistance to co-op start-ups, education and mentoring for organizations, and a pathway to start-up capital with funders, who are part of the City of Madison Initiative. Mini-grants are available to support education and technical assistance for community based organizations and for groups forming cooperatives. We can also connect you to a specialized loan program through one of our partners, Madison Development Corporation.