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  The National Cooperative Business Association has identified about 29,000 co-ops in the United States, employing more than 2 million people and generating more than $650 billion in revenue each year. Co-ops offer a wide range of goods and services, including childcare, healthcare, food and housing. Advocates point to them as a way to change the economic landscape of struggling communities.
 

Here  to discuss the potential of cooperatives, how the co-op movement is growing in Cincinnati and an upcoming conference at Xavier University on the cooperative economy are Director of Interfaith Business Builders Tim Kraus; founding member and President of Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, Kristen Barker; and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York, Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

Xavier University will host The Cooperative Economy:  Building A Sustainable Future,  April 21-22 at the Cintas Center.  Click here for more information.

Interfaith Business Builders is an organization of diverse Cincinnatians developing community-based, employee-owned and operated cooperative businesses (co-ops) in low income communities. In its thirty two years, IBB has developed four social enterprises, two of which today are employee-owned cooperatives.

  Thousands of university students from across the country intern and co-op with Greater Cincinnati businesses each year, and retaining this top talent is essential to our region'’s ongoing economic viability. The Cincinnati Intern Network Connection (CINC) helps these young professionals build personal and professional connections so they are more likely to call Greater Cincinnati home after they graduate.