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.

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 […]

UHAB Gives CDI Staff a Tour of NYC Co-ops

On Friday, September 19, CDI staff Matt Meyer and Noémi Giszpenc joined experienced and new co-op developers at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board for a tour of buildings in the Housing Development Fund Corporation program. UHAB provides consultation to boards and residents similar to what CDI’s NEROC program does, preparing and counseling residents on their ownership rights […]

Co-op Success Story: County Co-op and Farm Store Cafe Launches in Maine

CDI recently worked to help launch The County Co-op and Farm Store Cafe in Houlton, Maine. We are thrilled that through the hard work of these new co-ops, people in Northern Maine will now have access to convenient and neighborly places to enjoy the bounty of their region.  The business model in each instance reflects […]