Why Coops? Introduction to the Law and Spirit of Cooperative Businesses

A cooperative is a specific legal business structure, but non-cooperative businesses can also incorporate cooperative governance and financial principles through their bylaws or hybrid corporate structures. The materials in this section introduce you to cooperative law and principles. You can test your own understanding using the Multiple Choice Cooperative Quiz. 

We also recommend you visit our friends at Start.Coop for their introductory course “An Introduction to Lean Co-Op,” which introduces some of the information in this section and gets you started developing your Business Plan and Ownership Canvas, which we cover in Module 3.