Our Co-ops

MCDC celebrates its first worker co-op: Common Good Bookkeeping!

Common Good Bookkeeping Cooperative arose out of a need recognized by local worker cooperatives and small community non-profits for affordable bookkeeping and admin services for startups, small businesses and organizations who don’t have the capacity for such expertise in-house. CGBC is a worker cooperative that provides financial and administrative support services and training. These include: bookkeeping, payroll and tax processing, start-up filings, worker co-op startup support, data entry, database support, file backups, social media support, mail pick-up and sorting, scheduling, web management, event planning, and training (incubation/apprenticeships) in all of the above. CGBC is located at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St. in Madison. For more information about their services, or how to join the co-op as a member-owner, contact Lora Garrett at 608-661-3661 or lora@cgb.coop.

Our next worker co-op: Roots for Change

Raices para el Cambio — in English, Roots4Change — is Dane County’s first co-op led by Latina/indigenous women. Most of the women are first-time business owners. Their work focuses on doula services and post-natal care, but they also offer support well into childhood, such as healthy eating demonstrations and art classes. They specialize in cultural awareness of the needs of the Latinx/indigenous community. To contact them, write to mariela@micentro.org.

Our next worker co-op: Soaring Independent Cooperative

Home health care is the fastest-growing sector within worker cooperativism, and now Madison is taking part in that growth with Soaring Independent Cooperative (SIC). Its leaders are women of color who are experienced caregivers, and also friends and family of care recipients. They decided to organize after realizing they had shared concerns and frustrations in both roles. As they see it, empowering themselves and taking better care of their clients go hand in hand. Read more about SIC. They can be reached at g.allen@soaringindependent.com.