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Community Investment Co-ops: putting your money to work locally

By | Cooperatives Work, Impact Investing, Social Enterprise, Social Impact | 2 Comments

Wind farms, coffee roasters, chocolates, and community investment co-opsJust Us! Coffee Roasters is a worker co-op supported by a community investment co-op

What do RRSPs, tax credits, wind farms, coffee roasters, and chocolates have in common? Well, in Nova Scotia, they’re all interrelated – and each one supports the other in powerful ways. In fact, Nova Scotia is leading Canada in doing something that the rest of the country should be doing – putting money to work locally. We can start in BC by building community investment cooperatives. Here’s how, and why. Read More

Incipe: Starting Our Co-op – Part 1

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Thinking of starting a co-op? Awesome.

Starting a co-op can be exciting and challenging, all at the same time.  That’s absolutely what we here at the Incipe Cooperative found when we started thinking about how we could work together on a common project for common benefit.  The excitement came from the combination of energy, passion, and ideas for a project that we could work together on, and the challenge came from the adventures in properly filling out the paperwork and sending in to the BC Corporate registry.

Incipe principal Kevin Harding is blogging our experiences in starting a cooperative enterprise in a series of posts. You can read the whole series here:

Here’s our story of how we did it.

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