Successful cooperative formation is dependent on a core group of members who can work both individually and together. The size and composition of this leadership group varies with each cooperative, but getting the “right” people at the table in the beginning can greatly enhance decision-making.
In addition, technical advisors and other support people should be identified as early as possible. This group could include advisors from business support agencies and private consultants. Invite them to attend meetings of the small group. Try to get them engaged as early as possible.