Success Factors


Successful new cooperatives share certain common characteristics that are often cited as requirements for effective operations.

Successful new co-ops:

  • Use committees, advisers and outside expertise effectively.
  • Keep members informed so that they stay involved and supportive.
  • Conduct businesslike meetings by using agendas, parliamentary procedures and democratic decision-making.
  • Maintain good board-management relations by clearly defining roles and responsibilities.
  • Follow sound accounting practices, and present financial reports regularly.
  • Develop alliances with other cooperatives.
  • Develop clear policies on confidentiality and conflict of interest.