To date, MCDC has helped four worker co-ops to launch, and we couldn’t be more excited for them!
Common Good Bookkeeping Cooperative
CGB 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, and more. 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 email@example.com.
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. They were incubated by Centro Hispano, which received a CBO grant from MCDC. To contact them, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soaring Independent Cooperative
El cuidado de salud en casa es el sector de mayor crecimiento dentro del cooperativismo de trabajo, y ahora Madison está participando de ese crecimiento con Soaring Independent Cooperative (SIC). Sus líderes son mujeres de color que son cuidadoras experimentadas, y también amigas y familias de los receptores del cuidado. Ellas decidieron organizarse al darse cuenta de que compartían dudas y frustraciones en ambos roles. Consideran que empoderarse a sí mismas y cuidar mejor a sus clientes van de la mano. Lea más sobre SIC. Las puede contactar escribiendo a email@example.com.
Our newest launch happened virtually on May 13th, due to the challenging times we find ourselves in. As nINA Collective’s website says, “through modeling that another way is possible, we transform, support, and create systems and structures that are built around racial equity.” All the members bring years of experience in identifying and dismantling structural injustice.
In addition to the four co-ops that have launched, we are working with around a dozen co-ops in development (the exact number is constantly changing). Some are very early in the process of organizing, others are close to launching, and the rest are somewhere in between. Many of them have already received a grant to facilitate their development, while others come to us just for advice, which we are happy to give.