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In This Issue:
Regional Rendezvous
New Website
Reflections By Fr. Josemaria Arizmendiarietta
Advocacy Alert from US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Next MadWorC Meeting

Regional Rendezvous
The schedule for the Regional Rendezvous is available! Information and registration are on our website. Note: Please register even if you aren't 100% certain you'll be able to attend - we'll only be sending out the Zoom links to people who are registered. 

If your organization would like to co-sponsor the Regional Rendezvous, either with a monetary donation or an in-kind donation of time or technical expertise, please contact Rek

New Website
MadWorC is excited to share our new website with you. One feature of the new site is a page for each worker cooperative and worker cooperative organization in Madison. If you are from a worker cooperative, please send us any content that you want listed on our site. That could be anything from your business hours, a history of your cooperative, a list of products and services, or bios of your worker-owners. You can send updates to Rek
Reflections By Fr. Josemaria Arizmendiarietta

Join the book launch of a new translation of Fr. Arizmendi's (founder of the Mondragon Cooperatives) Reflections - translated by our very own Interpreters' Cooperative of Madison!

Book Launch & Reading
From Solidarity Hall
Thursday, April 22, from 11 am - 12:30 pm Central
With special guest readers Jessica Gordon-Nembhard and Nathan Schneider

Register for free at http://bit.ly/2QhO4gW
 
Advocacy Alert from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives has issued an advocacy alert regarding webinars for Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) about worker cooperatives. 

Recruit your SBDC to learn about worker cooperatives

In 2018 Congress passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, directing Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to provide education and training on worker ownership. This mandate is currently unfunded, and therefore the USFWC has been working to secure funding and share opportunities for the worker co-op community to engage with local SBDCs whenever possible. This month, Frank Cetera of the NYS Onondaga Small Business Development Center will be hosting and facilitating a webinar series for SBDC Advisors nationwide.

Can you share this opportunity with 1-3 SBDCs in your area? This three-part series has two more sessions - one on April 15th and one on April 29th. You can find more information here

Here’s what you need to do:


Sample email for your local SBDC Rep:

Hello,

I’m reaching out to share an opportunity to learn about worker cooperatives from an experienced Small Business Development Center advisor. Worker cooperatives are an vitally important business model right now, because they provide an opportunity to save jobs at small businesses threatened by closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also provide wealth-building opportunities for people typically locked out of the job market, and a way for owners to share in the hard work of running a business. 

As you may know, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which was passed in 2018, directs SBDC offices and advisors to provide education and technical assistance for worker ownership. Frank Cetera, Senior Business Advisor at the NYS Onondaga Small Business Development Center is hosting and facilitating a webinar series for SBDC Advisors nationwide through our national clearinghouse website SBDCNet. Frank will be including  multiple organizations and SBDCs from across the country in this collaboration. 

As an advocate for worker cooperatives in the [your area and any context you’d like to share] area, I believe this session will provide important education for your SBDC, and would greatly benefit the small businesses that you work with every day.

Thank you for your consideration!

[Your name]

Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday, April 19th from 7pm-9pm. All worker-owners and those who support worker cooperatives are encouraged to attend. For the agenda and call-in information, contact Rek
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In this issue:
End of Year Fundraising Update
Upcoming Events from USFWC
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting

End of Year Fundraising Update
Thank you to all of our generous donors! Thanks to you, we were able to meet our initial goal in one day, and our stretch goal within a few weeks. Ultimately, we raised $1,605, plus a generous $1,500 match from Isthmus Engineering. We appreciate your support in building the solidarity economy here in Madison. 
Upcoming Events from US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives is hosting several upcoming events. 
On Thursday, January 21, they are hosting a Policy and Advocacy Member Call at 2pm Central. 
On Tuesday, January 26, they are hosting a "Get Your Worker Co-op Ready for 202 Tax Season" webinar at 2pm Central. 
For more information on these events, and to register, visit http://usworker.coop.
Collective Courage Book Club
On December 16, our Collective Courage Book Club held its first meeting, to discuss the introduction to the book. Ten people joined us for the discussion. Our next meeting, to discuss Chapters 1 and 2, is on Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm. It's not too late to join us! 
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday, January 18 at 7pm. All worker-owners and supporters of worker cooperatives are invited to join our meetings. For call-in information, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com.
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Welcome to MadWorC's January 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:
End of Year Fundraising Update
Upcoming Events from USFWC
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting

End of Year Fundraising Update
Thank you to all of our generous donors! Thanks to you, we were able to meet our initial goal in one day, and our stretch goal within a few weeks. Ultimately, we raised $1,605, plus a generous $1,500 match from Isthmus Engineering. We appreciate your support in building the solidarity economy here in Madison. 
Upcoming Events from US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives is hosting several upcoming events. 
On Thursday, January 21, they are hosting a Policy and Advocacy Member Call at 2pm Central. 
On Tuesday, January 26, they are hosting a "Get Your Worker Co-op Ready for 202 Tax Season" webinar at 2pm Central. 
For more information on these events, and to register, visit http://usworker.coop.
Collective Courage Book Club
On December 16, our Collective Courage Book Club held its first meeting, to discuss the introduction to the book. Ten people joined us for the discussion. Our next meeting, to discuss Chapters 1 and 2, is on Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm. It's not too late to join us! 
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday, January 18 at 7pm. All worker-owners and supporters of worker cooperatives are invited to join our meetings. For call-in information, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com.
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Welcome to MadWorC's December Newsletter.

In this issue:
Support Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
Kiva Loans
#ShopCoop
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting

Support Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
MadWorC is trying to raise $700 by December 31st. We’re more than halfway there. Can you chip in to help us make our goal? 2020 has been a year of great growth for us, and we’re hoping to continue to grow and develop our programs and services in 2021, but we need your help. Donate at http://charity.gofundme.com/madworc-fundraiser. Your donation is tax-deductible.
Kiva Loans
Could your co-op benefit from a 0% interest loan? 
Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) is a Kiva trustee, which means they will endorse local co-ops (a business needs an endorser) for Kiva loans. And if MCDC endorses your co-op, they will match the fundraising. So if your co-op wants to raise $15,000 in total, you will only have to raise $7,500 and MCDC will match $7,500 (the full $15,000 will need to be paid back). MCDC will also help promote your Kiva campaign through their partners and networks. You can learn more about the process at https://www.kiva.org/borrow

 
#ShopCoop This Holiday Season
If you are buying holiday gifts this season, make sure you #ShopCoop. Support worker-owned cooperatives by purchasing your gifts from them. If you are a co-op, you can also list your goods and services to reach more people who are trying to #ShopCoop this holiday season. For more information, visit https://www.usworker.coop/shopcoop/.
Collective Courage Book Club
MadWorC is organizing a book club to read Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard's book Collective Courage, about the history of African-American cooperatives. We'll be meeting the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday, December 16th. For December 16th, we'll be reading the Introduction. For subsequent meetings, we'll be reading two chapters at a time. It's not too late to join. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday January 18th. For call-in information, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. MadWorC meetings are open to everyone and we encourage you to attend if you are interested in supporting local worker cooperatives. 
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Welcome to MadWorC's December Newsletter.

In this issue:
Support Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
Kiva Loans
#ShopCoop
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting

Support Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
MadWorC is trying to raise $700 by December 31st. We’re more than halfway there. Can you chip in to help us make our goal? 2020 has been a year of great growth for us, and we’re hoping to continue to grow and develop our programs and services in 2021, but we need your help. Donate at http://charity.gofundme.com/madworc-fundraiser. Your donation is tax-deductible.
Kiva Loans
Could your co-op benefit from a 0% interest loan? 
Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) is a Kiva trustee, which means they will endorse local co-ops (a business needs an endorser) for Kiva loans. And if MCDC endorses your co-op, they will match the fundraising. So if your co-op wants to raise $15,000 in total, you will only have to raise $7,500 and MCDC will match $7,500 (the full $15,000 will need to be paid back). MCDC will also help promote your Kiva campaign through their partners and networks. You can learn more about the process at https://www.kiva.org/borrow

 
#ShopCoop This Holiday Season
If you are buying holiday gifts this season, make sure you #ShopCoop. Support worker-owned cooperatives by purchasing your gifts from them. If you are a co-op, you can also list your goods and services to reach more people who are trying to #ShopCoop this holiday season. For more information, visit https://www.usworker.coop/shopcoop/.
Collective Courage Book Club
MadWorC is organizing a book club to read Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard's book Collective Courage, about the history of African-American cooperatives. We'll be meeting the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday, December 16th. For December 16th, we'll be reading the Introduction. For subsequent meetings, we'll be reading two chapters at a time. It's not too late to join. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday January 18th. For call-in information, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. MadWorC meetings are open to everyone and we encourage you to attend if you are interested in supporting local worker cooperatives. 
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Dear friends and supporters,

2020 has been a year of great growth for MadWorC, the only local organization dedicated solely to promoting and supporting worker-owned cooperatives.

We were awarded a capacity-building grant from the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition in order to hire our first ever paid staff person. We now have a half-time staff person who is able to dedicate their time to supporting MadWorC’s activities. In March, just days before the pandemic hit, we co-hosted a Regional Rendezvous which drew almost 60 cooperators from around the midwest, and we’re starting a book club and hosting virtual socials for worker-owners.  

We have great ideas for where to go next, but we need your help in getting there.

We want to expand our peer network by providing stipends to experienced mentors who work with newly forming cooperatives. Peer mentorship, both formal and informal, has been a key function of MadWorC since the beginning. Providing stipends to peer mentors means that more people will be able to afford to take the time to mentor newer cooperatives. We also plan to work with the local trade schools to implement a curriculum about worker cooperatives to empower students to form their own worker cooperative businesses after graduating. 

MadWorC also plans to embark on a project to help convert businesses at risk of closure due to COVID into worker cooperatives, which will improve their ability to survive the pandemic and help our city’s small business economy thrive. Worker cooperatives are a business model that has demonstrated remarkable flexibility in times of crisis, including recessions like the current COVID-related recession.

Now is the time for Madison workers to have stable, democratic employment and for the local economy to recover from losses due to the pandemic. Worker cooperatives are a feasible solution to keeping businesses open and the economy flowing during this crisis. To make this transition, however, workers need the assistance and resources MadWorC is equipped to provide. Through your tax-exempt donation, YOU can be a part of building these exciting opportunities for our community. We’re asking you to give what you can to - $10, $15, $25, $50, $100. Any amount helps us achieve our goals. Thanks to the generosity of Isthmus Engineering, donations will be matched (up to $1500!) so your donation has a double impact. 

You can donate at https://charity.gofundme.com/madworc-fundraiser

Thank you for your continued support, from all of us at MadWorC

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Dear friends and supporters,

2020 has been a year of great growth for MadWorC, the only local organization dedicated solely to promoting and supporting worker-owned cooperatives.

We were awarded a capacity-building grant from the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition in order to hire our first ever paid staff person. We now have a half-time staff person who is able to dedicate their time to supporting MadWorC’s activities. In March, just days before the pandemic hit, we co-hosted a Regional Rendezvous which drew almost 60 cooperators from around the midwest, and we’re starting a book club and hosting virtual socials for worker-owners.  

We have great ideas for where to go next, but we need your help in getting there.

We want to expand our peer network by providing stipends to experienced mentors who work with newly forming cooperatives. Peer mentorship, both formal and informal, has been a key function of MadWorC since the beginning. Providing stipends to peer mentors means that more people will be able to afford to take the time to mentor newer cooperatives. We also plan to work with the local trade schools to implement a curriculum about worker cooperatives to empower students to form their own worker cooperative businesses after graduating. 

MadWorC also plans to embark on a project to help convert businesses at risk of closure due to COVID into worker cooperatives, which will improve their ability to survive the pandemic and help our city’s small business economy thrive. Worker cooperatives are a business model that has demonstrated remarkable flexibility in times of crisis, including recessions like the current COVID-related recession.

Now is the time for Madison workers to have stable, democratic employment and for the local economy to recover from losses due to the pandemic. Worker cooperatives are a feasible solution to keeping businesses open and the economy flowing during this crisis. To make this transition, however, workers need the assistance and resources MadWorC is equipped to provide. Through your tax-exempt donation, YOU can be a part of building these exciting opportunities for our community. We’re asking you to give what you can to - $10, $15, $25, $50, $100. Any amount helps us achieve our goals. Thanks to the generosity of Isthmus Engineering, donations will be matched (up to $1500!) so your donation has a double impact. 

You can donate at https://charity.gofundme.com/madworc-fundraiser

Thank you for your continued support, from all of us at MadWorC

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Welcome to MadWorC's November 2020 Newsletter.

Somehow it's already November! We hope you're all staying healthy and safe out there. 
In this newsletter, you'll find:
Esther West Elected to USFWC Board
ACE Co-op Career Fair
MadWorC's Book Club
Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
USFWC's Worker Benefits Program
Next MadWorC Meeting

Esther West Elected to USFWC Board
A big congratulations to our board member Esther West, who was elected as the Northern Regional Representative to the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. We think you'll be great, Esther! You can read Esther's Candidate Statement at https://www.usworker.coop/board-candidates/
ACE Co-op Career Fair
The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) is holding a co-op career fair focused on Wisconsin on Wednesday, November 18th, at 3:30pm Central time. They ask that you submit you resume to ACE at info@ace.coop so recruiters can contact you personally. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/675687263372993
MadWorC's Book Club is Starting
MadWorC is launching its first book club. We'll be reading Jessica Gordon Nembhard's Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Our first meeting will be on December 16th from 7-8:30pm, and we'll meet twice monthly, alternating between Sunday and Wednesday evenings. If you previously signed up for the book club, more information will be coming your way in the next few days. If you haven't previously expressed interest but want to join, please contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to sign up to get emails related to the book club. 
Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
On December 1st, which is #GivingTuesday, we'll be launching our end of year fundraising campaign. We're hoping to raise a total of $800 from a combination of individuals and organizations/businesses. We'll send you a message when we launch, and we hope you'll consider giving to support our network of worker cooperatives in Madison. 
USFWC's Worker Benefits Program
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives offers a worker benefits program, which includes vision and dental insurance, as well as accident and disability insurance. (Unfortunately, in Wisconsin, they don't offer general health insurance). They are currently in an open enrollment period, and are holding office hours where you can go to learn more about these benefits and how they might fit into your co-op's benefits package. Office Hours are on Wednesday, November 18th from 3-5pm Eastern. More information is at https://twitter.com/USFWC/status/1326964165358080000
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday, November 23rd from 7-9pm. If you'd like to join, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com for the call-in information. 
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Welcome to MadWorC's November 2020 Newsletter.

Somehow it's already November! We hope you're all staying healthy and safe out there. 
In this newsletter, you'll find:
Esther West Elected to USFWC Board
ACE Co-op Career Fair
MadWorC's Book Club
Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
USFWC's Worker Benefits Program
Next MadWorC Meeting

Esther West Elected to USFWC Board
A big congratulations to our board member Esther West, who was elected as the Northern Regional Representative to the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. We think you'll be great, Esther! You can read Esther's Candidate Statement at https://www.usworker.coop/board-candidates/
ACE Co-op Career Fair
The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) is holding a co-op career fair focused on Wisconsin on Wednesday, November 18th, at 3:30pm Central time. They ask that you submit you resume to ACE at info@ace.coop so recruiters can contact you personally. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/675687263372993
MadWorC's Book Club is Starting
MadWorC is launching its first book club. We'll be reading Jessica Gordon Nembhard's Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Our first meeting will be on December 16th from 7-8:30pm, and we'll meet twice monthly, alternating between Sunday and Wednesday evenings. If you previously signed up for the book club, more information will be coming your way in the next few days. If you haven't previously expressed interest but want to join, please contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to sign up to get emails related to the book club. 
Our End of Year Fundraising Campaign
On December 1st, which is #GivingTuesday, we'll be launching our end of year fundraising campaign. We're hoping to raise a total of $800 from a combination of individuals and organizations/businesses. We'll send you a message when we launch, and we hope you'll consider giving to support our network of worker cooperatives in Madison. 
USFWC's Worker Benefits Program
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives offers a worker benefits program, which includes vision and dental insurance, as well as accident and disability insurance. (Unfortunately, in Wisconsin, they don't offer general health insurance). They are currently in an open enrollment period, and are holding office hours where you can go to learn more about these benefits and how they might fit into your co-op's benefits package. Office Hours are on Wednesday, November 18th from 3-5pm Eastern. More information is at https://twitter.com/USFWC/status/1326964165358080000
Next MadWorC Meeting
The next MadWorC meeting will be on Monday, November 23rd from 7-9pm. If you'd like to join, contact Rek at madworc.coordinator@gmail.com for the call-in information. 
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]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:11:38 +0000 https://mailchi.mp/47a0cdfa505b/madworc-october-newsletter https://mailchi.mp/47a0cdfa505b/madworc-october-newsletter MadWorC October Newsletter

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Table of Contents

NCBA IMPACT Conference
Coopedia Knowledge Base
Worker Cooperative National Conference Update
Snow River Co-op
Board Trainings through UWCC

NCBA IMPACT Conference Report Back
NCBA/CLUSA's annual IMPACT Conference was held virtually from October 5th-9th, 2020. The theme of the conference was Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and most sessions touched on these topics in some way. Madison's own Charity Schmidt from the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition co-presented a session on state and local ecosystems. Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard gave an inspiring keynote which discussed some of the shortcomings of the co-op movement to be more inclusive, as well as some opportunities to improve in the future. The sessions were all recorded and will be available until October 31st. You can register to view the sessions here
Coopedia Knowledge Base
A new knowledge base called Coopedia has been launched. Their website is http://coopedia.starter.coop. It features a searchable database of resources about starting co-ops and for learning about co-ops. It looks like  a great resource for the international cooperative movement. 
Worker Cooperative National Conference Follow-up
If you missed the virtual Worker Co-op National Conference sponsored by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, all of the sessions were recorded and are available to view here. Check out the keynotes for special messages from Senator Bernie Sanders and our own congressperson Mark Pocan. 
Snow River Cooperative
The Snow River Cooperative is in Crandon, WI. They successfully converted their business, which specializes in quality bowls and cutting boards made of repurposed wood, into a worker cooperative, incorporating in April 2020. They saved 8 union jobs in this rural area by converting to a cooperative. The UW Center for Cooperatives provided support and technical assistance. You can read more about the project here
UW Center for Cooperatives Virtual Co-op Directors Trainings
The UW Center for Cooperatives will be hosting a co-op directors virtual forum on December 9th and 16th, 2020. Registration is open, and the event is free to attend. This looks like a great opportunity for board members to learn more about various aspects of their responsibilities. 
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Welcome to MadWorC's October Newsletter

Table of Contents

NCBA IMPACT Conference
Coopedia Knowledge Base
Worker Cooperative National Conference Update
Snow River Co-op
Board Trainings through UWCC

NCBA IMPACT Conference Report Back
NCBA/CLUSA's annual IMPACT Conference was held virtually from October 5th-9th, 2020. The theme of the conference was Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and most sessions touched on these topics in some way. Madison's own Charity Schmidt from the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition co-presented a session on state and local ecosystems. Dr. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard gave an inspiring keynote which discussed some of the shortcomings of the co-op movement to be more inclusive, as well as some opportunities to improve in the future. The sessions were all recorded and will be available until October 31st. You can register to view the sessions here
Coopedia Knowledge Base
A new knowledge base called Coopedia has been launched. Their website is http://coopedia.starter.coop. It features a searchable database of resources about starting co-ops and for learning about co-ops. It looks like  a great resource for the international cooperative movement. 
Worker Cooperative National Conference Follow-up
If you missed the virtual Worker Co-op National Conference sponsored by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, all of the sessions were recorded and are available to view here. Check out the keynotes for special messages from Senator Bernie Sanders and our own congressperson Mark Pocan. 
Snow River Cooperative
The Snow River Cooperative is in Crandon, WI. They successfully converted their business, which specializes in quality bowls and cutting boards made of repurposed wood, into a worker cooperative, incorporating in April 2020. They saved 8 union jobs in this rural area by converting to a cooperative. The UW Center for Cooperatives provided support and technical assistance. You can read more about the project here
UW Center for Cooperatives Virtual Co-op Directors Trainings
The UW Center for Cooperatives will be hosting a co-op directors virtual forum on December 9th and 16th, 2020. Registration is open, and the event is free to attend. This looks like a great opportunity for board members to learn more about various aspects of their responsibilities. 
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]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:22:29 +0000 https://mailchi.mp/78c337cdb481/madworc-september-newsletter https://mailchi.mp/78c337cdb481/madworc-september-newsletter MadWorC September Newsletter

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Welcome to MadWorC's September 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:
Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting Dates
Save the Date - Virtual Hug 'n' Chug Oktoberfest celebration
US Worker Co-op Conference Follow-up
NCBA Cooperative IMPACT Conference
Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids
The Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids stopped production on July 31st. But there is an effort to form a co-op to purchase the mill and keep it running. The city is involved, as is the union. For more information: 
https://www.wsaw.com/2020/07/29/verso-mill-set-to-halt-production-as-potential-buyer-brings-hope/. We don't know if it will end up as a co-op, but it's an exciting possibility. 
Collective Courage Book Club
MadWorC is starting a (virtual) book club! It’s not too late to join, if you have your own copy of the book or are able to obtain one (the library has a few copies, too). We’ll start reading in September and start discussing in October, to kick off Co-op Month. If you want to join the book club and haven’t indicated your interest already, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. 
Next MadWorC Meeting Dates
The next MadWorC meetings, both virtual, will be on Monday September 21st and Monday October 26th, both from 7pm-9pm. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. 
Save the Date - Virtual Hug n Chug
MadWorC is hosting an Oktoberfest/Co-op Month social on Thursday October 22nd, from 7pm-9pm. Everyone is welcome to join. This isn’t a formal meeting so there’s not an agenda. It’s an opportunity to meet other worker cooperators in Madison and Dane County and check in about how things are going. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. 
US Worker Co-op Conference Follow-Up
The Worker Co-op Conference was held on September 10th and 11th, and featured keynote speakers Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, and Maurice Mitchell and breakout sessions on topics ranging from co-op financing to spreadsheets to reparations to co-ops around the world. There was a surprise guest appearance by Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as from Representative Rashida Tlaib. All of the sessions were recorded, and will be available on http://www.conference.coop soon (the keynotes are already posted).  
NCBA Cooperative IMPACT Conference
The National Cooperative Business Association IMPACT conference will take place October 5-9, 2020. The event costs $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The program promises to amplify how cooperatives are addressing their obligations to create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and boards, and how co-ops can better meet the needs of communities that have been excluded from economic participation and advancement.
To register and for more information, visit https://ncbaclusa.coop/2020-co-op-impact-conference/. 
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In this issue:
Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids
Collective Courage Book Club
Next MadWorC Meeting Dates
Save the Date - Virtual Hug 'n' Chug Oktoberfest celebration
US Worker Co-op Conference Follow-up
NCBA Cooperative IMPACT Conference
Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids
The Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids stopped production on July 31st. But there is an effort to form a co-op to purchase the mill and keep it running. The city is involved, as is the union. For more information: 
https://www.wsaw.com/2020/07/29/verso-mill-set-to-halt-production-as-potential-buyer-brings-hope/. We don't know if it will end up as a co-op, but it's an exciting possibility. 
Collective Courage Book Club
MadWorC is starting a (virtual) book club! It’s not too late to join, if you have your own copy of the book or are able to obtain one (the library has a few copies, too). We’ll start reading in September and start discussing in October, to kick off Co-op Month. If you want to join the book club and haven’t indicated your interest already, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. 
Next MadWorC Meeting Dates
The next MadWorC meetings, both virtual, will be on Monday September 21st and Monday October 26th, both from 7pm-9pm. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. 
Save the Date - Virtual Hug n Chug
MadWorC is hosting an Oktoberfest/Co-op Month social on Thursday October 22nd, from 7pm-9pm. Everyone is welcome to join. This isn’t a formal meeting so there’s not an agenda. It’s an opportunity to meet other worker cooperators in Madison and Dane County and check in about how things are going. For call-in information, contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com. 
US Worker Co-op Conference Follow-Up
The Worker Co-op Conference was held on September 10th and 11th, and featured keynote speakers Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, and Maurice Mitchell and breakout sessions on topics ranging from co-op financing to spreadsheets to reparations to co-ops around the world. There was a surprise guest appearance by Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as from Representative Rashida Tlaib. All of the sessions were recorded, and will be available on http://www.conference.coop soon (the keynotes are already posted).  
NCBA Cooperative IMPACT Conference
The National Cooperative Business Association IMPACT conference will take place October 5-9, 2020. The event costs $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The program promises to amplify how cooperatives are addressing their obligations to create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and boards, and how co-ops can better meet the needs of communities that have been excluded from economic participation and advancement.
To register and for more information, visit https://ncbaclusa.coop/2020-co-op-impact-conference/. 
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Welcome to MadWorC's August 2020 Newsletter.

Table of Contents:
MCDC Co-ops 101
Collecting Organizational Documents
Worker Co-op National Conference
Abolitionists Challenge
Paycheck Protection Program Updates
WI Senator Ron Johnson promoting ESOPs
Join MadWorC's Fundraising Committee
Next MadWorC Meeting

MCDC Co-ops 101
Madison Cooperative Development Coalition's popular Co-ops 101 training is now available online. You can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuKMqiGtiLI&feature=emb_title
Collecting Co-op Organizational Documents

We are building a library of co-op organizational documents, such as bylaws and policies/operations manuals. Principle 6 is Cooperation Among Cooperatives. An easy way you can help other co-ops is by contributing your co-op’s policies and operational documents to our library. You can email them to steve@interpreters.coop. 
Worker Co-op National Conference
 
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives will be holding their conference online this year, on September 10th and 11th.

Day 1 at the Worker Co-op Conference will feature a keynote conversation on recovering from crisis with award-winning journalists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

Day 2 will feature a keynote with Maurice Mitchell, a visionary leader of the Movement for Black Lives and the National Director of the Working Families Party. 

Registration is FREE at http://www.conference.coop/home/
Abolitionists Challenge

LaDonna Sanders Redmond from Columinate is hosting an Abolitionists Challenge for cooperators. The official course has already started, but the reading list is available at the bottom of the page at https://columinate.coop/events/abolitionists/, if you want to do some self-education and learning. 
Paycheck Protection Program Updates
 
A new Frequently Asked Questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available here. It has a lot of useful information about loan forgiveness. 

Ron Johnson Introduces Bill To Help Businesses Restore Capital, Give Employees Stake In Business Success

“Unfortunately, many businesses of all sizes remain either totally or significantly shut down months into the coronavirus pandemic. PPP provided short-term financial support to small businesses, but now Congress needs to think outside the box to help otherwise viable businesses reopen,” said Sen. Johnson. “This legislation would help affected businesses resume operations while also giving employees a stake in a business’ success. I hope my colleagues will embrace this innovative approach to an unprecedented challenge.”

https://www.usworker.coop/blog/johnson-introduces-bill-to-help-businesses-restore-capital-give-employees-stake-in-business-success/

Join MadWorC's Fundraising Committee

Do you like coming up with fun and creative ways to fundraise? Please join us on the MadWorC fundraising committee! 
Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30pm. Contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to get the call-in information (which will be sent out closer to the date). 
We meet about once every 3-4 weeks, for about an hour at a time, so it's not a huge time commitment, but it's a great way to really support worker cooperation in Madison! 

Next MadWorC Meeting

The next MadWorC meeting, open to all, will be held on Monday August 24th from 7pm-9pm. Contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to get the call-in information which will be available closer to the date. 

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Welcome to MadWorC's August 2020 Newsletter.

Table of Contents:
MCDC Co-ops 101
Collecting Organizational Documents
Worker Co-op National Conference
Abolitionists Challenge
Paycheck Protection Program Updates
WI Senator Ron Johnson promoting ESOPs
Join MadWorC's Fundraising Committee
Next MadWorC Meeting

MCDC Co-ops 101
Madison Cooperative Development Coalition's popular Co-ops 101 training is now available online. You can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuKMqiGtiLI&feature=emb_title
Collecting Co-op Organizational Documents

We are building a library of co-op organizational documents, such as bylaws and policies/operations manuals. Principle 6 is Cooperation Among Cooperatives. An easy way you can help other co-ops is by contributing your co-op’s policies and operational documents to our library. You can email them to steve@interpreters.coop. 
Worker Co-op National Conference
 
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives will be holding their conference online this year, on September 10th and 11th.

Day 1 at the Worker Co-op Conference will feature a keynote conversation on recovering from crisis with award-winning journalists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

Day 2 will feature a keynote with Maurice Mitchell, a visionary leader of the Movement for Black Lives and the National Director of the Working Families Party. 

Registration is FREE at http://www.conference.coop/home/
Abolitionists Challenge

LaDonna Sanders Redmond from Columinate is hosting an Abolitionists Challenge for cooperators. The official course has already started, but the reading list is available at the bottom of the page at https://columinate.coop/events/abolitionists/, if you want to do some self-education and learning. 
Paycheck Protection Program Updates
 
A new Frequently Asked Questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available here. It has a lot of useful information about loan forgiveness. 

Ron Johnson Introduces Bill To Help Businesses Restore Capital, Give Employees Stake In Business Success

“Unfortunately, many businesses of all sizes remain either totally or significantly shut down months into the coronavirus pandemic. PPP provided short-term financial support to small businesses, but now Congress needs to think outside the box to help otherwise viable businesses reopen,” said Sen. Johnson. “This legislation would help affected businesses resume operations while also giving employees a stake in a business’ success. I hope my colleagues will embrace this innovative approach to an unprecedented challenge.”

https://www.usworker.coop/blog/johnson-introduces-bill-to-help-businesses-restore-capital-give-employees-stake-in-business-success/

Join MadWorC's Fundraising Committee

Do you like coming up with fun and creative ways to fundraise? Please join us on the MadWorC fundraising committee! 
Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30pm. Contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to get the call-in information (which will be sent out closer to the date). 
We meet about once every 3-4 weeks, for about an hour at a time, so it's not a huge time commitment, but it's a great way to really support worker cooperation in Madison! 

Next MadWorC Meeting

The next MadWorC meeting, open to all, will be held on Monday August 24th from 7pm-9pm. Contact madworc.coordinator@gmail.com to get the call-in information which will be available closer to the date. 

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Welcome to MadWorC's monthly newsletter!

Table of Contents
June Meeting Update
Madison Worker Cooperatives Featured in GEO
Educational Resources: ACE Webinars, Leadership Tools, Building The Solidarity Economy In The Context of COVID & Black Lives Matter
Pandemic Resources: PPP Flexibility Act, Unemployment Benefits, and Rental Assistance
USFWC Updates: Upcoming Member Meeting, Benefits Enrollment
Next MadWorC Meeting
 

MadWorC Meeting Update
MadWorC’s last meeting was on Tuesday, June 23rd. We discussed an upcoming grant application, our mission statement, membership dues, and our committees. If you want to get involved, the next meeting is on Monday, July 20 at 7pm.
Madison Worker Cooperatives Featured in GEO
Two Madison area Worker Cooperatives, Wisconsin Natural Heritage Cooperative and Freewheel Bikes were featured in GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing). You can read about Wisconsin Natural Heritage Cooperative at https://geo.coop/articles/how-turn-your-non-profit-worker-co-op, and watch a video about Freewheel at https://geo.coop/articles/visit-madison-freewheel-bicycle-co.
Educational Resources

ACE Webinars
The Association for Cooperative Educators, ACE, hosted their annual conference virtually this year, and made all of their sessions available for free. You can view the following sessions: 

·     Crisis: Fertile Ground for Cooperation 

·     The Co-operative Model: An Employability Solution for Young People in Times of Crisis and Beyond

·    Marginalized Populations and Crises: How to get out of Reinforced Marginalization Through Cooperation?

·     Health and Home Care: Co-operative Responses

·     Agricultural Co-operation: Between Resilience and Sustainability

·     Difficulties and Opportunities of Car Sharing Co-operatives

·     Financial Co-operatives During the Crisis: What Role Do They Play?

·     The Role of the Co-operative Movement in the Economic and Social Reconstruction to Come

MadWorC members attended several of these sessions and found them to be very well done. 


Leadership Assessment
NYCNOWC, the NYC worker cooperative organization, sent out this leadership evaluation tool. Check it out at https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/assessment/. 

 
Building The Solidarity Economy In The Context of COVID & Black Lives Matter
On June 27th, PACA's Dominique Pearson joined Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson and Nia K. Evans of Boston Ujima Project for a panel on the solidarity economy in the context of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, moderated by Mike Strode of The Kola Nut Collaborative. You can view the panel by clicking the link.
 
Pandemic Resources
 
Not Too Late to Apply for PPP
If you haven’t yet applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, it’s not too late. The deadline is now August 8th. 

New resource on the PPP Flexibility Act
In case you missed it, Wegner CPA  hosted a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which gives businesses longer to spend their PPP loans and reduces the percentage need to be spent on wages. You can view the webinar is at https://www.wegnercpas.com/resources/businesses-paycheck-protection-program-ppp-update/

Unemployment Benefits Extended
People who have exhausted their UI can now get an additional 13 weeks of benefits, including the $600.  
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsinites-can-now-apply-13-weeks-extended-unemployment-benefits
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/peuc/

Rental Assistance Available through Dane County CARES
Through Dane County CARES, the Tenant Resource Center is distributing funds to help renters pay back-rent or upcoming rent. You can apply at https://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/caresapplication_english. Applications are being accepted as long as funds last, but they say that funds will run out at some point. 
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Updates
 
USFWC Member Meeting
The USFWC Member Meeting will be held on July 22nd, and their Annual General Meeting will be held on October 15th. You can register for the July 22nd member meeting at https://info.usworker.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=379. 

USFWC Board Elections
Nominations for the USFWC’s board of directors will open on August 1st. This year they are electing 4 regional directors. 

Benefits Enrollment
This year’s open enrollment period  will be from October 1 - December 9, 2020. The USFWC will be offering a variety of insurance options, including vision and dental insurance, in 2021. They will be holding a webinar on July 28th about these options. You can register at https://info.usworker.coop/civicrm/event/register?id=378&reset=1. 
July MadWorC Meeting
Monday, July 20 at 7pm
Email madworc.coordinator@gmail.com for call-in information.
 
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Welcome to MadWorC's monthly newsletter!

Table of Contents
June Meeting Update
Madison Worker Cooperatives Featured in GEO
Educational Resources: ACE Webinars, Leadership Tools, Building The Solidarity Economy In The Context of COVID & Black Lives Matter
Pandemic Resources: PPP Flexibility Act, Unemployment Benefits, and Rental Assistance
USFWC Updates: Upcoming Member Meeting, Benefits Enrollment
Next MadWorC Meeting
 

MadWorC Meeting Update
MadWorC’s last meeting was on Tuesday, June 23rd. We discussed an upcoming grant application, our mission statement, membership dues, and our committees. If you want to get involved, the next meeting is on Monday, July 20 at 7pm.
Madison Worker Cooperatives Featured in GEO
Two Madison area Worker Cooperatives, Wisconsin Natural Heritage Cooperative and Freewheel Bikes were featured in GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing). You can read about Wisconsin Natural Heritage Cooperative at https://geo.coop/articles/how-turn-your-non-profit-worker-co-op, and watch a video about Freewheel at https://geo.coop/articles/visit-madison-freewheel-bicycle-co.
Educational Resources

ACE Webinars
The Association for Cooperative Educators, ACE, hosted their annual conference virtually this year, and made all of their sessions available for free. You can view the following sessions: 

·     Crisis: Fertile Ground for Cooperation 

·     The Co-operative Model: An Employability Solution for Young People in Times of Crisis and Beyond

·    Marginalized Populations and Crises: How to get out of Reinforced Marginalization Through Cooperation?

·     Health and Home Care: Co-operative Responses

·     Agricultural Co-operation: Between Resilience and Sustainability

·     Difficulties and Opportunities of Car Sharing Co-operatives

·     Financial Co-operatives During the Crisis: What Role Do They Play?

·     The Role of the Co-operative Movement in the Economic and Social Reconstruction to Come

MadWorC members attended several of these sessions and found them to be very well done. 


Leadership Assessment
NYCNOWC, the NYC worker cooperative organization, sent out this leadership evaluation tool. Check it out at https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/assessment/. 

 
Building The Solidarity Economy In The Context of COVID & Black Lives Matter
On June 27th, PACA's Dominique Pearson joined Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson and Nia K. Evans of Boston Ujima Project for a panel on the solidarity economy in the context of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, moderated by Mike Strode of The Kola Nut Collaborative. You can view the panel by clicking the link.
 
Pandemic Resources
 
Not Too Late to Apply for PPP
If you haven’t yet applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, it’s not too late. The deadline is now August 8th. 

New resource on the PPP Flexibility Act
In case you missed it, Wegner CPA  hosted a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which gives businesses longer to spend their PPP loans and reduces the percentage need to be spent on wages. You can view the webinar is at https://www.wegnercpas.com/resources/businesses-paycheck-protection-program-ppp-update/

Unemployment Benefits Extended
People who have exhausted their UI can now get an additional 13 weeks of benefits, including the $600.  
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsinites-can-now-apply-13-weeks-extended-unemployment-benefits
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/peuc/

Rental Assistance Available through Dane County CARES
Through Dane County CARES, the Tenant Resource Center is distributing funds to help renters pay back-rent or upcoming rent. You can apply at https://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/caresapplication_english. Applications are being accepted as long as funds last, but they say that funds will run out at some point. 
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives Updates
 
USFWC Member Meeting
The USFWC Member Meeting will be held on July 22nd, and their Annual General Meeting will be held on October 15th. You can register for the July 22nd member meeting at https://info.usworker.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=379. 

USFWC Board Elections
Nominations for the USFWC’s board of directors will open on August 1st. This year they are electing 4 regional directors. 

Benefits Enrollment
This year’s open enrollment period  will be from October 1 - December 9, 2020. The USFWC will be offering a variety of insurance options, including vision and dental insurance, in 2021. They will be holding a webinar on July 28th about these options. You can register at https://info.usworker.coop/civicrm/event/register?id=378&reset=1. 
July MadWorC Meeting
Monday, July 20 at 7pm
Email madworc.coordinator@gmail.com for call-in information.
 
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