The Minnesota Association of Cooperatives was founded in 1945 when cooperatives were under intense scrutiny, and the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives was formed in 1969 by two politically divergent organizations—the Wisconsin Association of Cooperatives, which served primarily consumer co-ops, and the Wisconsin Council of Agricultural Cooperatives.
The Minnesota association entered into a management agreement with its Wisconsin counterpart in 1998. The two organizations became one in 2004 after members voted in favor of a formal unification. The association was renamed Cooperative Network in 2009.
The trusted voice for cooperatives, Cooperative Network is committed to protecting and promoting cooperative businesses and their shared cooperative principles.
We know we are stronger together. Our ultimate goal is to optimize the value we provide to our member cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We are committed to meeting the needs of our members by providing world-class legislative and regulatory advocacy, a wide range of opportunities for learning and development and creative leadership in public awareness.
About Cooperatives and .coop
The global Cooperative community has more than 1 billion members, representing 12% of the world’s employed population. All Cooperatives verify their identity when selecting a .coop web address. Your unique business identity is recognized online with a .coop domain name – your digital brand – a brand known for its economic advantages to its community, consumers, and members.
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