Co-ops in America

National Cooperative Business Association
National Cooperative Business Center
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* 60 million people are members of 40,000 US cooperatives.

* TYPES OF COOPS:
* (a) Producer-owned (farmers, producers, small businesses): organize
* cooperatives, process and market their goods, and provide themselves
* with credit, equipment, supplies. (b) Consumer-owned (c) Worker-owned
* (businesses owned and controlled by their employees).

* THE COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES: (1) Open and voluntary membership (2)
* One member, one vote (not one share, one vote) (3) Limited interest
* on shares (avoid speculators) (4) Return of surplus to members (all
* profits returned to members proportionally to their patronage) (5)
* Constant education (on principles and practiced of cooperative
* business) (6) Cooperation among cooperatives (to further economic
* democracy)


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Name:  CO-OP AMERICA
       2100 M St. NW #310 / Washington, DC 20063
       202-872-5307

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