Expand & Grow Co-ops


Bylaws & Membership

Bylaw Review

As co-ops grow, change and mature, it is important that the bylaws are reviewed and updated as needed.

In planning for expansion and growth it is important to review the bylaws of the co-op to see if there are any potential barriers/ impediments to your expansion plan. While we recommend that bylaws be reviewed by an attorney familiar with the relevant incorporation laws in your state, our consultants can assist by:

  • Assess your current bylaws
  • Develop and support a process for change
  • Assist you with adapting a template for your co-op
  • Save you time and money on legal fees

Member-Owner Development

Membership is the foundation of every successful co-op. We can assess current membership programs and make recommendations for changes. Or we can help you start out right with a new co-op. Our services include:

  • Advise and assist in planning or revising your member/ownership program
  • Assist with determining the appropriate equity requirements and structure
  • Developing member benefits
  • Marketing and communicating your membership program
  • Plan and implement a patronage dividend program

Associated Consultants

Ben Sandel

Leadership Development, Startup Co-ops, Capitalization

Bill Gessner

Expansion Planning, Business Development, Financial Pro Forma, Capital Campaigns

Leslie Watson

Board Leadership Development

Patricia Cumbie

Co-op Education and Ownership Programs

Thane Joyal

Board Leadership Development, Cooperative Governance, Bylaw Support

Associated Case Studies

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