Does cooperative business really work?
Yes! Cooperatives can be just as successful, if not more so, as independently-owned and corporately-owned businesses! Cooperatives can operate in all sectors of business, including grocery (like ours), education, law, production, banking, agriculture, child care. . . Here are some local examples of co-ops that you probably already know!
St. Croix Electric Cooperative – Utility co-op providing electricity to rural locations
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery – Some of the best cheese curds around!
Land-O-Lakes – Yep! It’s a hugely successful producer cooperative, owned by the dairy farmers!
River Market – Stillwater’s grocery cooperative
Whole Earth Market – River Falls’s grocery cooperative