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Cooperatives

A co-op is a business that is used by its members.  It’s a simple concept, with profound effects for people, communities and the economy.

Each co-op is unique, but thousands of co-ops around the world have the Seven Cooperative Principles in common:

  • Voluntary & Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Economic Participation
  • Autonomy & Independence
  • Education, Training & Information
  • Cooperation among Cooperatives
  • Concern for the Community

Be a Part of the Discussion About Co-ops!

Check out A Discussion Course on Cooperatives: A Manual for Community Self-directed Education in our book department, located in the back of the store, near the Co-op Café

Informative essays and articles to get you thinking about:

  • cooperative history
  • cooperatives around the world
  • creating a cooperative future
  • legal aspects of consumer cooperatives, and more!

Links to Co-Op’s Around the Country

Participate in co-ops where you live, work and travel!

Don’t see a link to a cooperative you are familiar with?  Email us to request it be added to our list!

Co-op Umbrella Organizations
Co-op America

Food/Grocery Co-ops
Brattleboro Food Co-op
Coop Directory Service (CDS)
Puget Consumer Cooperative
The Wedge

Retail Co-ops (non-grocery)
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
The Big Idea Bookstore

Rural Electric Co-ops
Cloverland
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Telecommunications Co-op
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

Producer’s Co-ops
National Milk Producers Federation
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Co-op Bookstores
University Co-op Bookstore
Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Artist’s Co-ops
Artworks Gallery
Noho Gallery
Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-op

Housing Cooperatives
National Association of Housing Cooperatives

Credit Unions
Credit Union National Association
National Association of Federal Credit Unions

Green Living
Green People

Other links of interest
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Stories.coop

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East End Food Co-op

7516 Meade Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-242-3598

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