City launches help for groups forming co-ops

The Community Planning and Economic Development Department recently expanded its Business Technical Assistance Program to include services to support the development of new Minneapolis cooperatives. The new Co-operative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP) will offer help to groups interested in forming new co-ops in Minneapolis.

The first C-TAP class starts May 11 and focuses on the feasibility of starting a co-op. The program includes eight classes, each lasting two hours:

Learn more about the first class.

The program will fully roll out over the next three years. The goals of the program:

1.      Use the co-op model as an economic development tool to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.

2.      Increase the number of co-ops and the racial and ethnic diversity among co-op owners.

3.      Promote innovation, community building, and local investment by promoting a more collaborative business model. 

Learn more about C-TAP

Published May 3, 2016

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