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INTRODUCTORY CURRICULUM FOR
WORKERS COOPERATIVES:

NEXT OFFERED IN 2025

Cooperación Santa Ana is a development program for cooperatives, where you can receive an introductory course, technical assistance, and incubation from start to finish of your business.

Participate in our intensive introductory course "CooperAccion": 12 consecutive sessions for people interested in creating or strengthening their business cooperatively, where all workers are owners. If you have a business that you want to grow, or a business idea that you want to formalize, a worker cooperative can be a great option. In a cooperative, the workers are the owners, and the well-being of its members and the community are of great importance.

In 12 weeks you will develop business management agreements, your business plan and marketing strategies. You'll gain foundational skills such as nonviolent communication, facilitation, and shared decision-making. You will establish restorative accountability agreements and processes, and you will identify the best legal structure to register your business.

The course will be in Spanish, with English interpretation available. The class will be one night a week for three hours, and the exact time will be confirmed in 2025. To enroll in the course, complete our interest list and we will be in touch within 1-2 weeks to discuss your idea and the next course. If you have questions, feel free to call 714-335-1528.

Sessions

Session 1: Welcome, Expectations, Agreements and Technology 

Session 2: Principles and values of worker cooperatives

Session 3: Business Plan, Business and Personal Goals

Session 4: Solidarity economy for shared prosperity 

Session 5: Communication and Effective Teamwork

Session 6: Facilitation and Decision Making Models 

Session 7: Internal organization: management and governance

Session 8: Business Management and Operations Manual

Session 9: Marketing: how to promote your business

Session 10: Legal entities and tax structures 

Session 11: Cooperation between cooperatives

Session 12: Group Presentations and Graduation 

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