We are an organization of people and congregations from the Cincinnati
religious community. We are conducting a community economic development campaign by
creating employee owned cooperative businesses. Co-ops, as they
are called, offer people a dramatic
opportunity to exercise new control in their lives.
We are concerned about the long term scarcity
of jobs, ownership opportunities, stable community and voice in many
of our neighborhoods.
Cooperative businesses are part of the market economy. They started in nineteenth
century England. Today they thrive around the world. Most notable are the
Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain.
The success of Cooperative Janitorial Services and its fifteen members (workers/owners) says cooperative businesses in low income communities can be very successful, stable ventures. Community Blend, a co-op coffee shop, is the newest cooperative. Opening in 2013, it will feature fair trade and local products with Equal Exchange being its largest supplier.
This video uses several brief interviews to give an overview of Interfaith Business Builders and the two employee owned cooperative businesses affiliated with it, Cooperative Janitorial Services and Community Blend. To view the video, please click on the black arrow in the lower left corner.
To make an online donation to Interfaith Business Builders, click on the "Donate" button below to use your credit card through PayPal. All donations received before January 31, 2013, will go toward securing a $20,000.00 challenge grant.