top of page

Cooperatives in Western New York

Click here for a map of currently operating cooperative businesses in Buffalo, Rochester, and Western New York including worker-owned cooperatives, consumer-owned cooperatives, housing co-ops, credit unions, and producer cooperatives. If you have additions or edits, please contact us to let us know!

Buffalo's Cooperative History

Buffalo and Western New York have a rich history of cooperative businesses and movements, especially in the region's Black community.


The Citizens Cooperative Society of Buffalo began in 1928 to address the ongoing economic and social crisis for Black Americans. It continued under various names, including the Buffalo Cooperative Economic Society, until 1961, and included a consumer-owned grocery store, a credit union, and an educational campaign. 


Click here for resources and reading about Buffalo's cooperative history, its impact today, and its connection to cooperative movements in the US and globally.

bottom of page