Mendocino SBDCFort Bragg California

Cooperatives: Part 2, Working Together in the Real World

Cooperatives: Part 2, Working Together in the Real World

Friday, May 14, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm

In this session we’ll talk about what workplace democracy looks like. We’ll learn about different governance and management systems utilized by successful worker cooperatives, and how decisions are made efficiently so the business can thrive and compete.


Who Should Should

Entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to learn the basics of how to start workers owned businesses.


Cost: FREE Available only in English


Topics Covered:

What defines a democratic business model

The difference between governance and management

The different types of organizational models utilized by successful worker coops



Ashley Ortiz is an entrepreneurial business support specialist with a passion for employee ownership and an equitable economy. She has extensive experience as a technical advisor, business owner, and educator in the cooperative, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. Ashley was the Cooperative Developer & Technical Advisor at Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and was an advisor and educator for The L.A. Co-op Lab. Ashley has a BA in Psychology and an MA is Urban Sustainability from Antioch University. Ashley joins West from Boulder, CO, where she currently works at Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center as their Statewide Technical Assistance Specialist.


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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.