Alaska Cooperative Development Program
About the Program
The Alaska Cooperative Development Center was created in 2006 with the goal of promoting and supporting cooperative businesses in Alaska. It is the only organization in the state solely dedicated to assisting and promoting the cooperative business model.
What we do
The Center assists new and existing cooperative businesses in Alaska. Staff from the center meet with farmers, fishermen, small rural utilities, and other groups interested in learning about how to organize, manage and develop cooperatives as businesses. It also provides targeted assistance for existing cooperatives to help them grow and make their businesses more efficient and effective. As part of a large, nationwide effort by the Department of Agriculture it can draw on expertise both inside Alaska and throughout the U.S.
Cooperatives play a major role in the economy of the United States. Many well-known brands, such as Land O’Lakes Butter, Tillamook Cheese and Ocean Spray Cranberries are produced by co-ops. In Alaska cooperatives play a major role in generating electricity and providing financial services. They have been transformative agents in the fishing industry. Despite this, few Alaskans recognize the role cooperatives play in our state and there is shortage of information on how to organize, manage, and develop cooperative businesses. The center hopes to fill this gap.
We offer assistance to new and existing cooperative businesses in Alaska. Types of technical assistant include:
- Business Planning
- Feasibility Studies
- Meeting Facilitation
- Financial Modeling
Please contact us to learn more!
There are many pre-existing tools available to assist you in your cooperative business development and growth. Most resources are available. Please contact us for financial modeling resources.
- Sample Cooperative By-laws
- Financing your Co-op
- Financial Modeling Templates (Please contact us for templates)
- Membership Agreements
- Co-op 101 - Getting Started!
- Sample Policies
- Running Effective Meetings
- Laws & Legal Issues
We would love to hear from you! If you want to learn more about developing a co-op in your community, please get in touch. Let's see how we can work together.
Office: 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199