Cooperation Buffalo

Cooperation Buffalo is a community-led resource center, a team of cooperative business developers and educators, and a community-controlled non-extractive loan fund. We mobilize workers to achieve economic security through cooperative business ownership, generating wealth and power in communities most affected by inequality.


We engage our community in training and education in cooperative economics and do work to grow economic democracy and an ecosystem of cooperatively owned enterprises in Buffalo.

We support the start-up of new worker cooperatives and conversions of existing businesses to worker ownership that meet the criteria of our Values Filter. We offer technical assistance to other cooperatives when we can.

We circulate capital to cooperatives in a non-extractive way through the Seed Commons Community Wealth Cooperative. We are also building out a local loan fund based on the Seed Commons principles.

Cooperation Buffalo is led by Buffalo cooperators: community members with experience launching and working in worker cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and community land trusts. Cooperatives that receive support from Cooperation Buffalo join the governance of the organization and the loan fund, participating in democratic decisions regarding loans, long-term strategy, and what services to provide.

Services Provided

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Cooperatives (Co-ops) (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loans (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Succession Planning (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
Contact Information
Andrew Delmonte