The Boston Center for Community Ownership was founded in 2012, the International Year of Cooperatives, to support grassroots efforts to start cooperative businesses. Worker-Owned, Consumer-Owned, and hybrid cooperatives have the potential to:
- provide needed services to underserved communities;
- create a legitimate means to make a living for those with barriers to employment;
- and bring democracy into the workplace.
Existing at the intersection of grassroots organizing, co-op business development, and community economic development, BCCO provides education and training, facilitation, and consulting services to startup and existing cooperatives.