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Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative

About the Program

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), with support from the City and the New York City Council, helps the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI) offer innovative ways for New Yorkers to overcome economic and social inequality. Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and controlled by their workers (worker-owners). Worker cooperatives give New Yorkers the opportunity to co-own a business, creating sustainable and dignified jobs while developing community wealth. This helps people who lack access to traditional business ownership.

For general information about worker cooperatives or WCBDI, please fill out our interest form.

Get help with one or more of the following:

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Transition an Existing Business To a Worker Cooperative

Our network of expert service providers have a proven track record of helping NYC business owners stabilize businesses, complete business sales to employees, and achieve growth. The Owner2Owners hotline provides the expertise to explore employee ownership and its many benefits at no cost to NYC business owners.


Visit or call (646) 363-6592.

Starting a Worker Cooperative

Get help with starting and managing a worker cooperative. SBS provide training on the basic skills to run a business, and can help you launch an operational worker cooperative.

Center for Family Life

443 39th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11232


Green Worker Cooperatives

1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Floor

Bronx, NY 10474


Urban Upbound

4-25 Astoria Boulevard

Astoria, NY 11102


Worker's Justice Project

365 Broadway

New York, NY 11211

One-On-One Support Services

If you're already in a worker cooperative, we can help you operate and grow your business. One-on-one support services are available in the following areas:

  • Business plan development
  • Marketing and market research
  • Governance and internal manuals assistance
  • Strategic planning
  • Translation services
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial planning
  • Succession planning


Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative

2431 Morris Avenue

Bronx, NY 10468


Business Outreach Center Network

85 S. Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217



1720 Church Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11226


Democracy at Work Institute

115 5th Avenue, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10013


The ICA Group

244 5th Avenue, Suite C230

New York, NY 10001


NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives

495 Flatbush Avenue, Suite 2

Brooklyn, NY 11225

(Other services: trade association for worker co-ops)

Worker Cooperative Legal Support

From incorporating your business to creating a patent, we can help your worker cooperative with a variety of legal needs through tailored one-on-one legal consultations.

Community Economic Development Clinic (CUNY Law)

2 Court Square

Long Island City, NY 11101


TakeRoot Justice

123 William Street, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10038

Worker Cooperative Financing Support

We offer specialized financing support for worker cooperatives.

The Working World

116 Nassau Street, Suite 513

New York, NY 10038

(Other services: business creation, business conversion, one-on-one support)

Want To Learn More?

Read about the successes of the WCBDI in our "Working Together" report series.