Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Development Model

In many ways, developing a co-operative business is a lot like developing a traditional business. Where things differ is that a co-op is shaped through collective effort and group decision-making as well as a set of co-operative principles that help to guide the business. This makes the business planning more complex, but it also means the resulting corporation is stronger and more likely to succeed.

Co-operatives are community-focused businesses that balance people, planet and profit. Co-ops are democratic and value-based, formed to seize local opportunities and meet the needs of their member-owners. They are legally incorporated business enterprises. As a trusted place to do business, co-operatives are chosen by more than 1 in 7 people worldwide. Twice as many co-ops remain in operation compared to other forms of business enterprise after 10 years.

Why start a co-op?

You (and your organizing group) want to respond to a need/challenge/opportunity in your community in a democratic and sustainable way;

RDC Benefits to the North

  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training Opportunities
  • Increased Capacity on supply chain
  • Longer Expiration Periods
  • Increased Security on shipments
  • Lower Costs
  • Healthy Choices
  • Quality Assurance
  • Consolidated Deliveries
  • Good Customer Service Component