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 IBBís newest cooperative. Community Blend opened in May, 2014 and features fair trade 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.
The following video gives a brief description of what a Co-operative business means to its member/owners and the local community.