Northwest Cooperative Development Center

NWCDC provides guidance to start-up, conversion, and existing co-ops. Dedicated cooperative development practitioners help establish and strengthen democratically organized businesses to ensure sound governance and operational oversight.


The Northwest Cooperative Development Center fosters community economic development primarily through the cooperative business model. NWCDC concentrates on four key areas: general cooperative business development, housing cooperatives, cooperative financing, and cooperative education. General cooperative business development includes a specific focus on home care agencies, conversion of existing businesses cooperative enterprises, and technical assistance for existing cooperatives; however, NWCDC also provides service for start-up cooperatives regardless of the economic sector. Housing services involve the conversion of mobile home parks into resident-owned communities and technical assistance for developing limited equity multi-family housing. Financial services provide micro-loans for cooperatives and connect people with cooperative-friendly lenders. Education programs include one-to-one presentations on the co-op model, a 10-week boot camp academy, and partnerships with higher education institutions.NWCDC collaborates with other cooperative developers throughout the United States, such as the Workers to Owners Collaborative and CooperationWorks! to bring additional expertise and knowledge to our work. While we primarily work in the cooperative sector, there are reasons that people may choose to opt for a limited liability company or not-for-profit model. As long as these businesses commit to the co-op principles, especially that of democratic governance, we can provide assistance within our mission. Services offered by this organization are listed below. This provider specializes in the areas listed in bold.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Housing

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Cash Flow/Financial Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Hire Employees
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Microenterprise Development Organization (MDO)
  • Operations

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Debt Funding
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Loan Providers
  • Microloans
  • Non-Traditional Financing
  • Real Estate Finance

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development (Specialty)
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Policies and Templates (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Research Projects

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Leadership Development
  • Nonprofit Formation/Status
  • Organizational Development and Training
  • Strategic Planning

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Business Technical Assistance
  • Business Training
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Business Bootcamps, Business Classes
  • Cooperative Formation and Support (Specialty)
  • Rural Business Resources (Specialty)
  • Triple Bottom Line


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes

Events and Community Building

  • Connect with Other Businesses Like Yours
  • Meet-ups/Social Events
Contact Information
NWCDC Referral
407 4th Ave E 201
Olympia, WA 98501