map of cooperatives in midwest

Start-up Co-op Survey 2016-2019

Thank you for participating in the UWCC second national survey of start-up co-operatives!

If you are sending us an existing report about cooperative incorporations between 2016 – 2019 in lieu of taking the survey, please include as much of the following information information as possible in an Excel spreadsheet.

  • Name of Cooperative
  • Address
  • City
  • State (two letter abbreviation)
  • Year of incorporation
    • 2016
    • 2017
    • 2018
    • 2019
  • State where cooperative is incorporated (two letter abbreviation)
  • If the cooperative was a conversion from an existing business
    • Yes
    • No
  • Type of cooperative
    • Consumer
    • Producer: market, process, or purchase supplies for farmers or others producing goods for sale
    • Worker
    • Shared services/purchasing: organizations buying goods or services together
    • Multi-stakeholder: combining 2 or more of the above types of owners in one cooperative organization
  • Cooperative business sector
    • Agriculture: marketing, processing, farm supply
    • Credit union
    • Childcare
    • Education
    • Food service/restaurant
    • Grocery: retail
    • Healthcare
    • Housing
    • Manufacturing/construction
    • Mutual insurance
    • Transport
    • Utility: water, energy, telecommunications
    • Other

Include co-ops that began even if your organization was not directly involved, or even if the co-op is no longer active.

If you would like an Excel template with these headers or have any questions, e-mail Esther West at

Instead of sharing a report of co-op start-ups, you can also use the unique survey link sent to your organization.

Thank you again for your valuable participation.

Map of cooperative startups in the United States from 2011 to 2016

The purpose of this survey is to compile a national database of cooperative start-up businesses and conversions that incorporated between 2016 – 2019. Visit the “Collective Action in Rural Communities” webpage to learn more about the broader project of this survey.