Upcoming Webinars

November 18, 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern: New Tools to Streamline Cooperative Formation–Artisan Chocolates Case Study

Join us for a demonstration of new tools to streamline the logistics of cooperative formation while maintaining high touch client relationships. Greg Brodsky and Ryan O’Connell will demonstrate use of Start.coop’s Ownership Model Canvas for early stage co-op formation. Meegan Moriarty will demonstrate the use of USDA’s nationwide legal database as a tool for formation research. Therese Tuttle will demonstrate the use of customized document assembly software (Documate) to draft ready-to-file Articles of Incorporation for a new cooperative using the Ownership Model Canvas developed by Greg and Ryan.

These tools are intended to help scale up the formation of cooperatives. We are excited to share these tools with our community of practice. Join us to see the new processes and to share your feedback.

Objectives:

Participant will be able to:

  • Identify “pain points” with current co-op development and use the Ownership Model Canvas to address them.
  • Understand the use of the USDA Cooperative Statute Research Library to facilitate creation of articles and bylaws
  • Use document automation software to quickly generate articles and bylaws so attorney time can be used to focus on customized client service

Join via Zoom on Thursday, November 18, at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. CLE is available.

Greg Brodsky

is the Founder and Co-Director of Start.coop, the accelerator for shared ownership companies. Prior to launching Start.coop, Greg founded and led the Bike Cooperative, a division of CCA Global Partners. Greg served on the board of the Cooperative Development Institute for 10 years and was board chair for 3 years. Greg convenes the Equitable Economy Fund, a pilot fund convening angel investors to scale shared ownership.

Ryan O’Connel

has been in the chocolate industry since 2013, spending most of his
time in bean-to-bar craft chocolate. His interest in cacao & chocolate making was
accelerated during time living in Ecuador, one of the major cacao producers in Latin
America.

has been in the chocolate industry since 2013, spending most of his
time in bean-to-bar craft chocolate. His interest in cacao & chocolate making was
accelerated during time living in Ecuador, one of the major cacao producers in Latin
America.

Therese Tuttle

is an attorney who represents California consumer, agricultural, and worker cooperatives. In 2001 she successfully defended the 400 members of Tri Valley Growers, a processing cooperative, from claims of creditors in the cooperative’s bankruptcy. In 2013, she drafted amendments to California’s cooperative law that enabled preferred-share financing and capitalization of cooperatives. 

Meegan Moriarty

is the legal policy analyst for USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service. She is a national point of contact for information on cooperative legal and tax issues and Rural Development grant, loan, and guarantee programs. She leads a nationwide project researching and comparing state cooperative statutes.