About Us

 Our Mission: 
 We mobilize workers to achieve economic security 
 through cooperative business ownership, generating 
 wealth and power in communities most affected 
 by inequality. 

There is an economic shift underway, toward an economy that is community-controlled, sustainable, and just. We're proud to be among those building this New Economy in Buffalo.


It's well known that worker cooperatives can provide living-wage jobs, generate and retain community wealth, and cultivate leadership in communities most affected by inequality. That's where we focus our efforts. Through popular education, business training and incubation, non-extractive loans, and ecosystem development, our programs grow employee-owned businesses. 

We are members of the following organizations:


The Crossroads Collective, a coalition of community organizations that operates at the intersection of climate, economic, and racial justice, fighting for a Just Transition to a New Economy in Buffalo, New York.


Seed Commons, a Community Wealth Cooperative is built on the bedrock of The Working World.  Place-based organizations from around the country have come together to build a national infrastructure of cooperative lending and non-extractive finance.

The Workers to Owners Collaborative and Becoming Employee Owned, a national collaborative of cooperative developers and support organizations working together to bring worker ownership to scale through conversions of existing businesses.