Attorneys, Anastasia Butler and Brett Heeger will give a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about the legal aspects of starting your cooperative. Topics include: Incorporation Options, Liability, The Role of Bylaws, Legal Democratic Structures for Cooperatives, Worker Ownership and more…
Photos shown are from Collective REMAKE’s Workshops Series held at Southern California Library, 2016, and Fair Chance Project, Summer 2017, where LA Coop Lab facilitates the Business Model Canvas exercise. Photos in bottom row are from 2018 Summer Seminar held at Southwest College.
The objective of this workshop is to use the Business Model Canvas and other tools to build the business model of your co-op project, including:
Value Proposition and Customer Segments
Channels for Reaching Customers
Key Resources, Activities, and Partnerships
To accomplish this, we will:
present an overview of the building blocks of the canvas illustrated by an example from an existing cooperative business
provide time for teams to do a first pass at the whole canvas, as well as time to debrief team assignments of the specific elements of the canvas.
Facilitated by Niki Okuk, MBA, Board Member of the Los Angeles Union
Cooperative Initiative (LUCI)
Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059
Accounting, Budgeting and Financing for a Sustainable Cooperative in Your Community
This session covers the 3 basic financial statements all companies have and how they relate to each other. Using in class examples we will build sample proforma financial statements and talk about the slightly different terminology used in the coopertive business world.
The objectives of this workshop include:
To understand the fundamentals necessary to create a start-up budget for a cooperative business
To become familiar with the elements of a solid cooperative business plan
To be aware of multiple sources for start-up funds in the cooperative and small business arenas.
To know about the concept of patronage as critical part of cooperative accounting
Participants will have the opportunity to begin a start-up budget for their cooperative dream and acquire the basic tools and support to begin writing a business plan.
We are eager to change the current extractive, violent system we live in into a regenerative one that can sustain, nourish, and heal everyone. But how do we get there? This workshop will be based on a Just Transition framework developed by Movement Generation, which offers five pillars of the economy to better understand the dominant economy and spark ideas of strategies we can implement to transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative one in a just way. “Transition is inevitable, justice is not.”
“A Just Transition requires us to build a visionary economy for life in a way that is very different than the economy we are in now. Constructing this visionary economy calls for strategies that democratize, decentralize and diversify economic activity while we damper down consumption, and (re)distribute resources and power. This presentation Is for folks interested in building collective vision and action towards Ecological Justice that does not separate humans from nature, or social equity from ecological integrity.” (Movement Generation)
COLLECTIVE REMAKE: Art, Business, Education, News, People, and Recycling for Sustainability is a unique social enterprise—in Los Angeles County—designed to support the creation of worker-owned businesses and other kinds of cooperatives with people who have been incarcerated and other individuals who are marginalized socially and economically due to race, sex, class, gender identity, age or ability.
Yvonne Yen Liuwith theSolidarity Research Centerwillpresent a workshopMapping Our Futures and Past, which delves into the history and relevance of cooperatives and solidarity economics in our lives. This workshop is intended for people interested in shifting and transforming economics and governance in their communities. The curriculum is based on modules by the Highlander Center.