The Northwest Cooperative Development Center works to foster community economic development primarily through the cooperative business model. NWCDC assists people in taking control of their destiny through by helping them start new cooperative enterprises or improve their existing cooperatives. NWCDC specializes in resident-owned communities, home care agencies, and conversions of existing businesses to co-ops; however, we assist any group of people seeking cooperative solutions to meet their needs.
We understand that when consumers, producers or workers become business owners of a cooperative, their individual and collective responsibilities greatly increase. New owners face significant challenges to organize, get started and stay on track with a new cooperative business.
To help with these challenges, NWCDC provides facilitation, advising, analysis and access to information and tools for cooperatives. Our pre-development work with startups helps to build business ownership, sound management practices, and economic health.