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We are fast approaching the 4th Biennial Union Coop Symposium. Join practitioners, social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, and community development practitioners in learning about practical tools on how to start and run union worker cooperatives and developing connections between union coops across North America (and beyond!). A full schedule is available so that you may plan your day and attend the sessions which you find the most informative. Join us ahead of the Symposium for a pre-conference Co-op Policy Workshop at Cincinnati City Hall and a screening of the films Shift Change and Don't Give Up Your Voice co-hosted by Cincinnati World Cinema at the Garfield Theatre on Thursday the 14th, at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm respectively.

If you find yourself in the Cincinnati area, but are unable to commit to two full days of intensive cooperation, come for the Symposium Dinner Friday night, for a delicious meal and a wide array of inspiring speakers. Tickets and further details about the Symposium and lodging options are all available here.

A few other exciting highlights:
  • Co-op Cincy (formerly CUCI) has a new logo! We will be rolling the new brand over the next few months.
  • Our Harvest Co-operative, Co-op Cincy, RefugeeConnect, SW Ohio Catholic Charities and other partner organizations have come together to kick off a 3 year Agriculture and Co-op Business Education and Training program for Refugees in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
  • Our Harvest Cooperative is halfway through their $35K fundraising goal

Symposium Highlight: Catalyzing Change through Creative Financing Strategies Panel

Symposium presentations will provide in depth coverage of a variety of aspects of setting up, organizing and running union cooperatives. One of our panels will focus on Catalyzing Change through Creative Financing Strategies, a conversation about using out of the box thinking to turn financing problems into solutions, exploring a range of unconventional funding sources, including decentralized financial cooperatives; Transition Loan Funds; the potential role of private equity and pension funds; wraparound technical assistance coupled with access to capital; and much more! A full accounting of the Symposium schedule is available here.
Get your Symposium Ticket!

Co-op Updates

Giant Step Forward in Reducing Our Harvest’s Debt Load!

Last week the Seed Commons Cooperative/The Working World voted unanimously to buy out Our Harvest’s debt from our creditors! This move allows Our Harvest to reduce its debt load substantially and have more beneficial terms going forward. We are halfway through our fundraising goal, but we still need your help to raise the other half by December. Read more... 

Families Looking to Start Shares in 8 Cincy Neighborhoods.

The CareShare CEO, Susan, has been pounding the pavement with recruitment efforts, meeting with parent groups and community connectors to spread the word about CareShare. Read more...

Solidarity Corner

Joining the Cincinnati Open Book User Group
A few months ago, Co-op Cincy joined the Cincinnati Open Book User Group. This group was convened by Tim Rettig, CEO of Intrust IT, who uses the Great Game of Business in his company. We are learning a lot about how other Cincy companies are doing open book management!

In the News

EAT. SHOP. SUPPORT LOCAL: Spotlight on Our Harvest Cooperative

Converting Businesses to Cooperatives Just Got Easier

New Belgium Brewery’s employees think like owners. Because they are.


Pre-Conference Co-op Policy Workshop
November 14th
Cincinnati, OH
This workshop will give SW Ohio elected officials and other policy makers, specifically those at the City of Cincinnati, a clear sense of the benefits of worker ownership, the various efforts nationally and in cities across the country to support co-op development, and the opportunity to come up with possible next steps for local policy efforts.
Movie Screening
November 14th
Cincinnati, OH
You’ll enjoy two films centred around the worker co-op movement at this special screening. Shift Change explores Spain’s inspirational Mondragon co-op network along with several co-ops throughout the US, and Don’t Give Up Your Voice follows the worker co-op-led resistance to Argentina’s neoliberal administration. The filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin will be available for a Q&A session following the film. Tickets are available for $10 and Student Tickets are available for $8 through Cincinnati World Cinema
 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium
Nov 15-16th
Cincinnati, OH
ASBC Sustainable Business & Advocacy Summit: “Making Capitalism Work for All”
December 10-11th
Washington, D.C.
 Understand the root causes of why our market-based economy often fails the poor and middle class and what can be done to shore it up.
Southern New Hampshire University Certificate in Cooperative Management
Seminar 1: June 15-17
Seminar 2: June 17-19
 Inspire your career with the Cooperative Management Certificate from SNHU. This unique learning opportunity in member engagement and storytelling will equip you to bring to life the values-based business practices of cooperatives with progressive managerial skills and inspiring communication tactics.
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