We remember as children watching parents, teachers and others encouraging us to be kind, patient and to work together. A co-op does exactly that in the grown up world. To some, it may seem like we function like any business, but behind the scenes, there are many differences.
A cooperative is a farm, business or other organization that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits and/or benefits.
Rather than rewards going to outside investors, a co-op returns surplus revenue to its members in direct proportion to how much they use the co-op. This democratic approach results in a powerful economic force which benefits the co-op as a whole, its members and the communities it serves.