A lot of people don't know what cooperatives are exactly, so here's the short of it: A cooperative is an organization or business that is jointly owned and democratically controlled by its members, all of whom share in the profits and benefits of the business. Sounds pretty great, right?

You might be thinking, "What's the difference between a cooperative and a corporation with shareholders?" Well, profit is the foremost driver of everything a standard corporation does, while cooperatives are people-centered — they put the social, economic, and even cultural needs of their members and communities at the center of their work.

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Being a business owner doesn't have to mean what most people think it means. Here's another way of doing things that's proving to be better than business as usual.

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