Cascade Cooperatives Steering Committee: Andrew Babson, Deborah Craig, Hayley Steele, Karen Folger, Kris Buettner, Laura Steiger, and Leah Brissenden.
Cascade Cooperatives incorporates as a secondary cooperative to support cooperatives in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Coop Month Event 2021
Cascade Cooperatives member co-ops meet and vote to expand the network to include Skagit County.
Coop Month Event 2020
The Age of Co-oportunity explores how two U.S. cities with long, rich cooperative histories (Madison, Wisconsin, and Oakland, California) created initiatives to dedicate municipal funds to strengthen cooperative development and build economic resiliency and proposes if their successes be a guide for Bellingham and Whatcom County?
Coop Month Event 2019
The former owners of A-1 Builders and the new cooperative worker-owners of A1DesignBuild share their conversion story from private ownership to cooperative.
Name Change and Transition
The network transitioned from the Cooperative Education Project to North Cascades Cooperatives in a consensus decision of the members.
First Meeting of Founding Network Members
After conducting a survey of cooperative networks across the country, a consultant helps facilitate the first meeting of the founding members of what will become Cascade Cooperatives.
Network Steering Committee Established
A volunteer steering committee is formed to advance the work of the Co-op Education Project.
On the Table: Part 2
In collaboration with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC) and the IDEA Institute, this event highlights the benefits of a local network of cross-sector cooperatives.
On the Table: Part 1
The Cooperative Model: Assessing Fit is presented by Dr. Art Sherwood in collaboration with the SBA at Western Washington University for local business resource organizations and professionals to learn about the cooperative business model.
How to Start a Co-op
The Co-op Education Project hosts a well-attended 3-part class series demonstrating the community’s interest in the cooperative model.
Co-op Education Project Established
A group of co-op enthusiasts branches out from the Community Food Co-op Member Affairs Committee to educate the community on the benefits of the cooperative economy.