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All Systems Go! Working Systems Co-op

In July of 2018, while the Main Street Employee Ownership Act was working its way into the Omnibus Defense Bill and NWCDC was preparing its Legacy Project aimed at raising the profile of worker ownership, I got a call from … Continue reading

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Circle of Life: The Washington Homecare Model

Circle of Life Caregiving Cooperative based in Bellingham, WA and serving Whatcom County came into existence 10 years ago. It was the first care giving co-op in Washington and created what has become the model for home care co-ops in … Continue reading

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Building a New Economy

Construction companies seem ripe for the co-op model. The very nature of contracting means a team effort. Along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Olympia, there are three construction co-ops and more interested.
Northwest Construction Co-op in Olympia focuses on home … Continue reading

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Ridgeline Homecare Co-op

The newest entrant in Washington Homecare Cooperative is Ridgeline Homecare Co-op. They are in the process of obtaining their agency license.
The co-op expects to serve the cities of Port Angeles and Sequim but will be licensed for Clallam County. Clallam … Continue reading

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Co-ops in the Miracle Mile

One of the more interesting projects that I have had the pleasure of working on over the last couple years is in southern Idaho. The town of Buhl is about 50 miles from the Nevada border along the Snake River. … Continue reading

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Twisted Strait Fibers: a PNW Original

One of the first groups that I started working with after moving to the Pacific Northwest was the PNW Fiber Web Cooperative. The project began as a effort to build resources for the animal fiber producers and fiber artists on … Continue reading

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Peninsula Homecare Co-op

In some ways, Port Townsend is the perfect community for the Washington model of home care co-ops. I was told by a colleague that, years ago, in the 70s and 80s, Port Townsend marketed itself towards retirees. This beautiful community … Continue reading

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Black Moon Rising: The New Moon Café

Today in the National Co-op Month series, the focus is on Olympia’s second oldest active worker cooperative.
The New Moon Café converted to a worker-owned organization in August, 2013. The sale was financed though member equity and the previous owner. In … Continue reading

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The Legacy Project Continues

I’ve already written about The Legacy Project a while ago, but it is always worth mentioning!
We are living through the greatest generational transfer of wealth that has ever occurred. As the Baby Boomers retire and pass, there wealth will go … Continue reading

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Orca Books Needs Your Help

Orca Books has been operating as a new and used bookstore in downtown Olympia for almost three decades. It is the largest bookstore in the downtown (Olympia actually has three locally owned bookstores within about 5 blocks of each other … Continue reading

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