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.

 

We’re Cultivating The Cooperative Movement; Come Cultivate It With Us – Job Announcement And News

CDI is hiring! We’re looking for a Housing Program Organizer, based in Eastern Massachusetts. This is a part-time position, 20 – 30 hours a week, at $18-22 an hour plus benefits. Apply now (position will remain open until filled), and help us make amazing work like this happen: More than 10,000 homes made secure and…

How does a co-op structured as an LLC affect members’ individual taxes?

Meet Cathy, the Cooperative Development Institute’s new answerwoman! She can take on any co-op questions you might have, big or small. Today we address the submitted question: “How does a co-op structured as an LLC affect members’ individual taxes?” See all of Cathy’s answers and ask your own on her home page. This is Part…

How A Worker Co-op Structured as a LLC Can Retain Earnings

Meet Cathy, the Cooperative Development Institute’s new answerwoman! She can take on any co-op questions you might have, big or small. Today we address the submitted question: “How can a worker co-op structured as an LLC retain earnings?” See all of Cathy’s answers and ask your own on her home page. This post was written…