We offer assistance to co-ops and cooperatives in a number of ways. For folks at the beginning of their cooperative journey, or who are looking for specific answers, our Resource Drive has a number of articles, podcasts,videos and manuals to get you started. From the basics of co-op 101, to financial how-tos, to step-by-step guides on co-op creation, you will find a wealth of knowledge there.
We also have a few different opportunities to study and learn together.
The first is our Study Circles, our primary program for cooperators. Study Circles is a six month program, open to groups of 5 or more looking to start a co-op. Groups will commit bi-weekly meetings for collective study, learning and visioning together towards the goal of co-op creation. Your study will be supported by PACA with meeting materials, study resources, outlines and templates, along with direct guidance from our staff. For more information on the Study Circles and how to apply, go here.
For those a little farther on their journey, or co-ops needing more direct assistance, our TA (Technical Assistance) offers a deeper approach for coops or startups looking for specific solutions, or to work on certain skills.
PACA offers direct technical assistance and training to co-ops in the greater Philadelphia area. From startup tips and resources to funding connections and networking opportunities, we are here to support you on the path to a democratic business! PACA can also serve as a liaison between our co-ops and professional services providers seeking co-op clients. We support local co-ops with fiscal sponsorship, democratic ownership culture development, fellowship opportunities and non-extractive financial resources.
Are you a co-op looking to work with us? Start here!
For folks starting a co-op or in startup mode:
- What is a co-op? Can you describe it in 1-2 sentences?
- How do you define democracy?
- Do you have a beginning group committed to seeing the project through?
If you are unable to answer any or all of these questions, we invite you to start at our Resource Folder!
- What community are you serving?
- What needs are you fulfilling for that community?
- Which co-op structures have you considered?
If you answered the previous set of questions, but are unable to answer any or all of these questions, we invite you to check out our Resource Folder, or to consider applying to our Study Circles program!
For folks who have answered the previous questions, and are looking for more collective education opportunities, we also invite you all to consider applying to our Study Circles program!
For folks who have answered the previous questions, and are looking for more intensive knowledge or assistance in one or more areas, learn more about our TA here.
For folks in established, existing co-ops:
For those looking for more collective education opportunities, we invite you into our Resource Folder, to look for collective study materials. There are many manuals, guides, articles and documents to bring to your co-op and start a conversation!
For those looking for one-off education and workshops, we offer those opportunities primarily to our membership. To learn more about PACA membership, or to join PACA, check out our page here.
For those looking for more intensive knowledge or assistance in one or more areas, learn more about our TA program here.