Our Supporters

We thank the following organizations for believing in the mission of Soaring Independent Co-op by providing training, education, and funding along our path of soaring to new levels of independence.


Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC)

The Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) is the City of Madison-funded initiative to form worker cooperatives that address income inequality and racial disparities by creating living-wage union jobs. We are a collaborative of community-based organizations and cooperative developers. MCDC works to support the growth and creation of worker cooperatives, specifically addressing the factors affecting local communities of color, low-wealth, and traditionally excluded workforce’s. The goal is to create a sustainable system that will combat poverty, empower workers and increase equity in order to strengthen Madison’s long-term economic health.

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The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC)

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) is a trusted and unbiased voice on the cooperative business model serving the needs of cooperatives in Wisconsin and beyond. With a strong public service orientation and access to world-class university resources, we leverage research, education, and outreach capabilities to foster critical thinking and understanding about cooperatives. As the only U.S. university-based center that studies and supports all forms of cooperative business, UWCC provides valued education and research to a diverse range of business communities.

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The ICA Group

ICA seeks to create, promote, and support jobs, while collaborating with workers to define a truly entrepreneurial, democratic, and community-minded economy. Our approach interrupts economic destabilization of individuals and communities, transforming jobs into meaningful, dignified drivers of a robust economy. ICA envisions a future where workers lead and own democratic workplaces and shape political and economic systems. This new economy will support racial and gender equity, foster respect and inclusion, and create real opportunities for workers to cultivate wealth and autonomy.

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Belwah Strategy

Our team helps nonprofits and social enterprises develop a start-up business plan. We can also help you develop a growth business plan designed to help you scale your current business. Our goal is to help you research the feasibility of your organization, establish clear and realistic financial and non-financial goals, establish revenue objectives, develop a marketing plan, and create a business plan that helps you get your business off the ground and help secure financing.

We also help organizations develop a sustainable business model where the founders have established realistic and attainable goals balanced by key performance indicators they can monitor and analyze as they grow their business.

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Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of a statewide network of SBDC’s working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting and low-cost entrepreneurial education, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies.The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin System and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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UpStarT Program

Supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

It takes more than a good idea to start a successful business. Issues like accounting, financing and marketing may seem overwhelming and connecting with the right resources can be challenging.

WARF's free UpStart program can help.

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Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) assists individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses by providing direct lending, quality business and financial capability education and one-on-one technical business assistance.

Services are open to anyone but our focus is women, minorities and people of lower wealth – those most likely to face barriers in accessing financing or educational support.

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gBETA Social Impact

gBETA Social Impact is powered by American Family Insurance Institute and gener8tor. The free seven-week program works exclusively with social enterprises and startup-stage nonprofits committed to making a positive impact in the world.

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The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF)

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) promotes self-help and mutual aid in community, economic, and social development through cooperative enterprise. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors and people living with disabilities.  

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