USFWC members have access to a wide range of benefits and services designed to support business growth, promote democratic governance and management best practices, and foster ongoing worker-owner/member development.
BUSINESS SUPPORT + TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Providing cooperative-specific business support for members is a primary service area. Consider the Federation your go-to-partner for assistance in establishing and growing your democratic workplace.
Custom Business Consultations – Member workplaces can request a 1-hour customized business consultation that includes specific resource recommendations, expert referrals, and need-based technical assistance support. This benefit is an update to, and fully replaces, USFWC’s prior benefit of 4-hours of free technical assistance per member per year.
Expert Referrals & Reduced Service Rates with select in-network cooperative and business developers.
Growth Planning & Loan Readiness Support in partnership with our friends at Shared Captial Cooperative.
Discounts with preferred vendors for credit card processing, payroll, investment services, travel discounts, and cell phone plans.
Inclusion in our online and print ‘Democracy at Work Directory’
*In Development* USFWC-sponsored retirement plan, reduced rates on business insurance, and state-by-state healthcare plans
EDUCATION + TRAINING + RESOURCES
Cooperative Principle #5 – Education, Training, and Information. From online webinars to local workshops, regional conferences and our bi-annual national conference, the USFWC partners with ally organizations, such as the Democracy at Work Institute and the Democracy at Work Network, to provide ongoing learning opportunities for individual workers and workplaces across the country.
Conference Discounts – Receive member-only discounted registration rate to the National Worker Cooperative Conference, Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, Western Worker Cooperative Conference and other regional events.
Local Workshops & Online Webinar Series – Hosted in-person and online, we provide topical skill-based workshops for worker-owners with varying levels of democratic workplace experience. Receive member-only discounts on any workshop registration costs.
‘Worker Cooperative Development Fundamentals’ Training – Year-long training for worker-owners, community organizers, and economic developers to become certified cooperative development advisors. USFWC members receive early program announcements and priority application status.
Worker Cooperative Development Fellowship – Six-month training program offering peer networking, tools development, and action learning for worker cooperative developers interested in exploring the question of scaling the democratic workplace model. USFWC members receive early program announcements and priority application status.
PEER NETWORKS + LOCAL ORGANIZING
As a grassroots organization, we prioritize creating opportunities for member-led education and organizing
Peer Networks: These member-only spaces provide opportunities for membrs to connect with each other based on business stage/type or other specific interests. Through a combination of conference calls and in-person gatherings, these networks and councils meet occationally throughout the year. Learn More.
Local Organizing: As a national organization, we support member-led local organizing, mostly through collaboration with local cooperative business organizations. Learn More.
ADVOCACY + PUBLIC POLICY
USFWC is your national advocate, representing the interests of worker cooperatives and advancing democratic ownership with federal agencies and elected officials, as well as lending support to member-led local advocacy initiatives. We are also members of the National Cooperative Business Association, American Sustainable Business Council, and CICOPA. Many member benefits extend to USFWC members through these national partnerships. Learn more about our policy and advocacy work.