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At OFN’s 7th annual Small Business Finance Forum, more than 500 mission-driven small business lenders and partners gathered in Chicago to learn best practices, address challenges, and network with peers. The Forum’s opening plenary focused on worker-owned cooperatives. This model, while not new, is gaining momentum as a sustainable one for community development. 

Since the stirring of “second wave” feminism a half century ago, the movement has become progressively more inclusive and systemic. Early on, Marxist-feminists argued that true women’s liberation required transcending both patriarchy and capitalism, and thus a politics at once feminist and anti-classist was essential. Soon, they, too, were challenged to broaden their theory and practice to acknowledge oppressions arising from race, nationality, sexual orientation, and other sources of identity and social location.

Former employees of Smiling Goat who say they're still owed money are launching a coffee shop of their own.

Glitter Bean Café was created by workers who lost their jobs when the embattled business moved out of the Spring Garden location this spring. Suppliers, landlords, lawyers and former employers have filed lawsuits against Kit Singh totalling tens of thousands of dollars.  

They say the owner of the Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar failed to pay them.

Managers who encourage staff to take more control over their workflow by putting them in the driver's seat find themselves with more competent and connected teams with motivated, engaged, high-performing and loyal employees, research by the University of Melbourne shows.

“For years there has been an identified need for an Indigenous focussed Chamber in the province,” said Dinsdal. “It was decided in the fall of 2017 that an attempt would again be made to develop this idea. This attempt was begun with the intention of being led by members of the Indigenous community and those who work in the community.”

The theme for the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is “Sustainable consumption and production”, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers.

We have been able to pick and choose vendors of our choice. We have made our loan payments, made capital improvements, and saved money in reserves for future sewer lines. We have not had to increase our rent for two years.

It is the best thing we ever did.

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