Rural Worker Cooperative Toolkit

This toolkit is a free resource documenting worker cooperative rural areas of the United States. Each company profile has some basic information about the company (including the names of technical assistance professionals who have supported the business), video testimonials, and readings to learn more. The purpose of this resource is to show rural worker cooperative stories and precedents so that other companies, whether startups or transitioning businesses, can learn from their experiences.

The toolkit is organized in groups by sector

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Farming
  • Food and Beverage
  • Health and Home Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Solar

More stories and sectors will be added over time.

For this toolkit, a rural area is defined by the USDA rural eligibility guidelines: any areas other than:

  1. A city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and
  2. The urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town, as defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census using the latest decennial census of the United States.


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