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Cascade Cooperatives promotes a vibrant co-op economy in Whatcom and Skagit counties by providing a support network for local co-ops.

Four smiling coop members around a conference table discussing a large colorful map.
Cascade Cooperatives Steering Committee meeting November 2021: (from left) Andrew Babson, Deborah Craig, Leah Brissenden, Kris Buettner

Cascade Cooperatives Steering Committee: Andrew Babson, Deborah Craig, Hayley Steele, Karen Folger, Kris Buettner, Laura Steiger, and Leah Brissenden.

Cascade Cooperatives Timeline

Journey back in time with us from present day to our humble beginnings!

January 2022

Incorporation

Cascade Cooperatives incorporates as a secondary cooperative to support cooperatives in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

January 2022

October 2021

Coop Month Event 2021

Cascade Cooperatives member co-ops meet and vote to expand the network to include Skagit County.

October 2021

October 2020

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?

October 2020

October 2019

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.

October 2019

April 2019

Name Change and Transition

The network transitioned from the Cooperative Education Project to North Cascades Cooperatives in a consensus decision of the members.

April 2019

January 2019

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.

January 2019

January 2018

Network Steering Committee Established

A volunteer steering committee is formed to advance the work of the Co-op Education Project.

January 2018

September 2017

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.

September 2017

September 2015

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.

September 2015

June 2014

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.

June 2014

January 2014

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.

January 2014

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