Co-operative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP)

The Co-operative Technical Assistance Program offers support for the development of new Minneapolis co-operatives.

In 2016, the City of Minneapolis expanded its Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) to include services aimed at supporting the development of new Minneapolis co-operatives by launching the Co-operative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP). This program offers a free co-op feasibility training for potential and new cooperatives and existing businesses interested in converting into a cooperative. The program also provides one-on-one technical assistance (consulting).

The City desires to leverage the co-op model for maximum community benefit to:

  • Act as an economic development tool to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.
  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity, and community ownership.
  • Support innovation, community building, and local investment by encouraging a more collaborative business model.

Co-op Feasibility Training

The Co-op Feasibility Training covers topics including building a sustainable co-op enterprise, financial feasibility, co-op governance, legal framework and building a co-op feasibility study. Each class accepts between 12 and 15 cooperative ideas, with at least two participants from each idea. Participants will evaluate the feasibility of a co-op idea and/or to refine the model for cooperatives already in the process of incorporation. Contact Business Technical Assistance Program for information on upcoming trainings. 

The next Co-op Feasibility Class will begin on June 16, 2022 and will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams.

Technical assistance for co-operatives

What is technical assistance?

Co-operative groups can receive up to 50 hours of one-on-one technical assistance (consulting) for your forming or existing cooperative through C-TAP.  Technical assistance areas include but aren’t limited to:

  • Business plan writing
  • Legal services, including help with incorporation and bylaws
  • Financial feasibility and loan packaging
  • Member recruitment and community engagement
  • Cooperative governance and board training
  • Organizational structure
  • Physical space layout, site selection, and negotiation
  • Marketing and customer service
  • Other

Eligibility to receive technical assistance:

To receive technical assistance, your group must have a feasible cooperative idea or an existing business/cooperative located, or to be located, in Minneapolis. 

How to begin receiving services:

Contact our office directly and we will meet with you to help assess your needs and connect you to a provider.

C-TAP providers and how to become one

The service providers are organizations or consultants contracted with the City of Minneapolis to provide consulting services. Service providers are hired annually through a request for professional services. If your organization or business would like to be considered for providing technical assistance, please contact us.

2021 - 2022 Cooperative Technical Assistance Providers
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Emily Peterson

Business Training Coordinator

Community Planning & Economic Development

 

Phone

612-673-5010

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-5010

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415