Artisans Cooperative has been selected as one of 10 start-up cooperatives to receive mentorship, skills, and a $10,000 grant by Start.coop. This spring accelerator was funded by the AARP Foundation.
This March, we hosted our second Open House and it went wonderfully! We presented our Marketplace Tech Plan, our Handmade Policy, our Ownership Model, and what our next steps for the co-op are.
[UPDATED] With a careful checks-and-balances system of accessible onboarding, consistent labeling, incentivized peer verification, and swift action on community reporting. we believe our draft Handmade Policy will stop bad actors and encourage authentic artisans.
In this post, we explain the details of our approach to the marketplace technology, summarize our research, present our plan to use Hosted E-commerce / Shopify, and our next steps going forward.
Artisans Cooperative has recruited the help of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and, through it, grant funds from the USDA.
Our first annual report is our chance to show potential members how we intend to do business. Although we’ve only been in existence a few months, this is a first glimpse into what it’s like to be a member-owner of a cooperative business.