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What is the first thing to do when starting a cooperative?

The first thing is to identify a small group of like-minded people who share a common vision for how a cooperative could improve their economic and social well being. Often the small group becomes the steering committee if the cooperative moves into the development stage.

This small group needs to carefully articulate what services the cooperative could provide. Once this has been determined, then the broader group of possible members must be identified and contacted.

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