A Professional Peer Network for Democratic Businesses

Formerly the Democracy at Work Network (DAWN), The USFWC Co-op Clinic has a network of peer advisors, all with strong social and professional ties, who provide technical assistance services to worker cooperatives.

Worker cooperatives, like all businesses, require professional services to support the creation and operations of their business. Due to the specialized nature of worker ownership, they also require specialized assistance in setting up financial, governance, operations, and decision-making structures, as well as training in democratic management.

We aim to meet the demand for technical assistance and development advice with high-quality services, and increase worker cooperative technical assistance capacity from inside the movement.

 

Areas of Technical Assistance

Governance

  • Drafting Bylaws
  • Drafting Articles
  • Roles and Responsibility for Boards
  • Board basics
  • Rights & Responsibilities, Decision Clarity
  • Strategic planning and member engagement
  • Good Meetings and Facilitation

Human Resources

  • Development of Accountability Systems
  • Development of Accountability Systems
  • Communication/Coaching
  • Onboarding & Orientation
  • Conflict Resolution Training

Financial

  • Setting up chart of accounts and accounting filing system
  • Providing a draft Bookkeeping Manual
  • Setting up Payroll and HR Policies
  • Consulting with end of year tax accountant
  • Accounting facilitation and training
  • Open Book Management
  • Help in applying for Loan Financing

Technology

  • Using Project Management Tools
  • CRM tools
  • Social Media Tools
  • Video editing tools

Marketing

  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy
  • Brand Strategy and identity
  • Business development (market making)

Start-up Support

  • Business Model Development
  • Business Plans
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Governance
  • Worker Co-op 101

Next level support

  • Project Management Training
  • Anti Oppression Training
  • Preventing Board Burn Out