Welcome to CDI

We make democratic ownership work for everyone.

Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the source for cooperative business development in the Northeast. CDI’s mission is to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York.

Cooperative Development Institute staff specialize in helping people work together to plan and launch a cooperatively owned business. We help existing privately held businesses convert to ones owned by their employees or the consumers of their products and services, we help start-up cooperatives, and we support existing cooperative businesses.

Our organization provides education, training and technical assistance to cooperatively-structured enterprises in all business sectors: food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, housing, energy, arts, retail, service, health, and more. Find out more about CDI’s consultation services and our educational and training programs.

CDI fully supports the statement of values and principles adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). CDI’s work is also guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set by cooperative development leaders in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202/720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Worcester Roots Launches Co-op Academy Version 2.0

Worcester Roots began its latest Co-op Academy this month—an advanced-level academy for co-ops that have already been through a basic co-op academy. Building on their knowledge from the previous academy, co-operators dig deeper into topics with the intention of making decisions and moving their co-ops forward. On Wednesday, October 8th, 15-20 co-operators from approximately 8 […]

Job Opportunity: Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe is Looking For its First General Manager

Looking to make a difference in the co-op world and local food? Looking to do it in Maine? Well look no further, as the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe in Gardiner, ME is hiring! After a lot of hard work from the members and the community, the co-op has reached the place where it can […]

Worker Co-op Job Posting: Equal Exchange

Are you an accountant that wants to take your talents to an ethical and democratic workplace in Massachusetts?  Are you interested in potentially becoming a worker-owner at one of the well-known and successful worker-coops in the US? Equal Exchange’s two new openings in the finance department might be just what you are looking for.  Equal […]