Forge Links With Other Cooperatives
An early exercise to determine whether to start a new cooperative was to investigate the alternative of linking with an existing cooperative that could expand its service territory. Even if starting a new cooperative is the best course of action, the search for beneficial links with other cooperatives should continue.
Alliances with regional cooperatives or other businesses may be valuable sources for supplies, marketing outlets, and related services. Membership in State and national cooperative associations can keep the new cooperative abreast of what others around the country are doing. These associations can be sources of education and training programs, legislative and public relations support activities, and help identify sources of special expertise.