Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) is a nonprofit organization that has built a network of five worker-owned, women-owned green businesses that bring in over $3.2 million annually. These worker-owned cooperatives provide opportunities for over 100 low-income immigrant women to improve personal and professional skills, substantially increase their incomes, build assets and move out of poverty.
Join this webinar to learn what it takes for nonprofit community-based organizations to develop a worker-owned cooperative successfully. Webinar participants will learn best practices in grassroots economic development as well as additional cooperative development resources.
Participants will learn:
- The complex relationship between nonprofit incubators and the cooperatives they build, from pre-launch through maturity
- The challenges and opportunities of cooperative development in low-income communities, and how to determine the feasibility of cooperative development
- The availability of resources and tools to help organizers develop a worker-owned cooperative
- Alex Armenta- Associate Director, WAGES
- Fernando Bernasconi- General Manager, Home Green Home; Cooperative Business Advisor, WAGES
- Elena Fairley- Communications and Development Associate, WAGES
Who Should Participate?
- Community organizers, nonprofit organizations and other groups or individuals interested in learning how to develop a worker-owned cooperative business