Co-op Info → The National Co-op Movement

What is happening here is happening EVERYWHERE!  The cooperative business model is one that has grown in both scope and popularity in recent years.

Distribution of Cooperatives

Each marker on the map below represents one of the nearly 30,000 U.S. cooperatives that operate at 73,000 places of business throughout the United States. These cooperatives own more than $3 trillion in assets, and generate over $500 billion in revenue and $25 billion in wages. The National Cooperative Business Association estimates that cooperatives account for nearly $654 billion in revenue, over two million jobs, $75 billion in wages and benefits paid, and a total of $133.5 billion in value-added income.

This information was provided with permission by The National Cooperative Business Association.

Our Cooperative Partners

We have countless relationships with organizations that are devoted to cooperative business practices.  Here is a sample list of some of the larger ones:

The National Cooperative Grocers Association  NCGA is a business services cooperative for natural food co-ops located throughout the United States.  NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.


The National Cooperative Business Association  NCBA is the nation’s oldest and largest national membership association, representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries. They are democratically organized and operate according to internationally recognized cooperative principles. Their comprehensive programs helps co-ops strengthen their businesses so they can better serve their members and transform the global economy. The programs include education, co-op development, communications, public policy, member services and international development. NCBA also provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill, and diligently works with lawmakers to enact cooperative-friendly legislation.


 The Cooperative Grocers Information Network  CGIN is a membership organization founded to support the growth and development of food co-ops. Given the increasingly competitive climate in which all food co-ops operate, CGIN aims to help co-ops maximize their collective resources and keep them, as independent groups, from being put at a competitive disadvantage.  Their purpose is “to strengthen all retail food cooperatives by creating community and facilitating the sharing and development of resources among members.”