Call for Cooperative Project ProposalsBy T Mackenzie
Hear ye! Hear ye!
The Cooperative for Research in Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeships (CREA) of the Lower Laurentians invites you to imagine the project that you would put in place, if you had the support of friends and experts. We’re starting that cooperative by collecting project proposals, and organizing the exchanges that will make it all work.
Together, to inspire the development of entrepreneurial, micro-entrepreneurial, and apprenticeship programs by sharing resources and knowledge in a cooperative. In premises such as workshops, studios, a kitchen, and gardens, and via services such as day care of dependents, accounting, computers, and holistic care.
We expect to start providing services in June and to open premises over the course of the summer. In the next few weeks, we’re going to apply for start-up financing under the aegis of the Québec government’s 2015-2020 Action Plan to Develop a Social Economy. To support that application, we invite you to answer three questions:
1 –I am…
2 –I want to offer CREA members as well as the general public this (service, product, activity)…
3 –The CREA will make it possible for me to go ahead with my (service, product, activity), because with the cooperative, I can…
Here are a few examples of projects under consideration:
-Print our Home will be a major partner, and the needs of their people have helped to establish the priorities of the cooperative. A high-tech company with some physically challenged administrators, they will share equipment, premises, and knowledge, and get some physical help and day care. Will pay rent.
-A community vegan kitchen
-A single parent who wants to start a communal chicken coop, and needs land as well as construction help.
-A day care and clubs for homeschooling families, with children getting access to the experts and specialists on site.
-Establishing a studio-yurt for yoga, dance, singing, and meditation
So : to your tablets! We’re starting a conversation, there is no obligation or risk, just a good chance to get your project going. We’ll know on or around April 30th if our application for start-up financing suits the government, but we won’t be waiting for them to get started. We’ll have news for you soon about how we intend to go forward.
Sweet dreams :)
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