Have you been wondering about the power and potential of the worker cooperative? It’s a powerful movement that has experienced some real traction in Buffalo. We’re seeing cooperative cafés, garden centers, and even pizzerias spring up, as more and more entrepreneurs are learning about the full potential of the cooperative business model.
On Friday, December 8 (5pm-8pm), join Cooperation Buffalo – a team of cooperative business developers and educators at the forefront of the recent cooperative renaissance emerging in Buffalo and nearby cities – for their second annual #ShopCoopBFLO holiday event. The event will be held at The Healing Grounds Co-op Sanctuary Space, located at 218 Grant Street.
Cooperation Buffalo is a community-led resource center, a team of cooperative business developers and educators, and a community-controlled non-extractive loan fund.
“For last year’s #ShopCoopBFLO campaign, Cooperation Buffalo used social media to highlight sales and promotions at our local consumer and worker owned cooperatives,” said Cecilia Johnson, Cooperative Developer. “In 2022, we are excited to build upon last year’s virtual #ShopCoopBFLO campaign with the addition of an in person shopping and networking event.”
This will be the perfect opportunity to meet the Cooperation Buffalo team and other local cooperators, while exploring some of the services and products that are being espoused by small, local, cooperatively owned businesses in WNY.
Started in 2016, Cooperation Buffalo mobilizes workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in communities most affected by inequality.
The holiday marketplace is also considered a joyous social event, where everyone is welcome.
“We hope you will join us for a festive evening with our local co-ops,” Johnson exclaimed.
If you’d like more information about the #ShopCoopBFLO Holiday Marketplace and Social event, or for more information on starting a worker cooperative, please reach out to Cooperation Buffalo at email@example.com, visit cooperationbuffalo.org, and follow the group on social media @coopbuffalo.