What is a Cooperative
Co-ops are an everyday part of American life. Wherever you live, work or shop, it’s likely a cooperative is involved. You’ll see a co-op in action at the credit union where you bank. In the brand names in your grocery store aisles. In the morning paper.
Co-ops operate for the benefit of their member-owners. They take advantage of economies of scale, combined buying power and strength in numbers to save money and return profits to their members. In the process, co-ops provide jobs, support business and personal needs, and enhance the quality of life. What they all share is a single fundamental goal – uniting to meet a common need. A cornerstone of America’s economy, co-ops have been empowering people, developing communities and supporting innovation in this country since Benjamin Franklin founded
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