The DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group is a volunteer group of citizens, community leaders, business people, non-profits, and local government officials that began convening in fall of 2016, in response to an invitation by the Office of Innovation & Equitable Development, a part of the DC government’s Department of Small & Local Business Development.
Our mission is to create a nurturing co-op ecosystem in the District that supports the vitality and growth of all types of existing co-ops and the successful launch of new co-ops. We prioritize co-op opportunities within communities who traditionally have been economically and politically marginalized. We seek to weave a strong web of supportive relationships among all stakeholders, including every type of cooperative, supporting institutions and the city government. We aspire to create the first co-op business development center focused specifically on opportunities within the District of Columbia.
- Bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders to create a shared vision and mission statement;
- Establishing a Recruitment Committee and developing nine Interim Steering Committee positions with role responsibilities and preferred qualifications/experience;
- Creating a budget for all positions;
Between 2016 and 2018, the Stakeholders met on a monthly basis, with the convening support of the Department of Small & Local Business Development.
In 2018, the Stakeholders Group took significant steps towards creating an Interim Steering Committee to guide its work moving forward, including planning for an eventual election of a Board of Directors and creation of a sustainable organization (structure to be...ViewJune 30, 2019
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