Advocates of cooperatively run businesses are looking to increase their number in the state by holding several meetings to inform others on the concept and how to get started.
The Oklahoma Worker Cooperative Network plans to host several “incubator meetings” throughout Central Oklahoma between Sept. 29 and Oct. 25.
Worker cooperatives are businesses owned and operated by the employees, said Robert Waldrop, the network’s general manager and one of the founders of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative.
The organization formed this year.
Waldrop said the current economic climate provided the ideal avenue for nurturing a proliferation of worker cooperatives.
“We need good jobs and the best jobs in effect are jobs owned by the worker, because there’s no chance of them being outsourced to India or China or places like that,” he said.