Cooperation Richmond Intake Form
COOPERATION RICHMOND: WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
Cooperation Richmond builds community controlled wealth through worker-owned and community-owned cooperative businesses and enterprises by and for low-income communities and communities of color in Richmond whose wealth has been extracted. We encourage, incubate and facilitate the launch and successful operation of diverse cooperative enterprises in Richmond operated by local residents, especially those of us coming from legacies of systemic marginalization and barred opportunity.

WHAT IS NON-EXTRACTIVE FINANCE?
Cooperation Richmond is a member of a national Financial Cooperative of local, non-extractive, revolving loan funds. Each local fund operates independently, but shares resources, services, knowledge and skills with each other. We are committed to providing working capital to enterprises that build local wealth through community and worker ownership without the burden of collateral or extractive debt typical of conventional finance. The loans we give through this process are paid back when the projects succeed and we provide not only the capital, but the coaching to give us all the greatest chance of success. This allows us to make investment with those of our community who are exclude from conventional finance or, worse, are exploited by it. Our loans are designed to leave the enterprise better off, not worse, than when they started, because we believe that financial capital should be a tool of the people and the people must never be a tool of financial capital or those who currently have unfair control over it.

OUR FOCUS
Cooperation Richmond focuses support for low-income residents and residents of color in Richmond and West Contra Costa County, in particular, those who have been most harmed by and excluded from the dominant economy. We focus our limited resources on Black, Immigrant, Indigenous and poor white folks seeking to build economic power.

PRINCIPLE OF RADICAL INCLUSION
The Financial Cooperative seeks to be radically inclusive. This means that the Financial Cooperative lends and facilitates lending to people who are typically excluded from access to finance. This will require that technical assistance, necessary to assure the proper planning and success of the project, is made available to the projects.

DEAL BREAKERS
Cooperation Richmond does not work with groups who categorically exclude people based on immigration status, current or former credit status, criminal record/formerly incarcerated and/or prior or currently houselessness.

COOPERATION RICHMOND WILL ALSO ONLY WORK WITH GROUPS COMMITTED TO THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF COOPERATION.

1. Do not use immigration status as a criteria for categorical exclusion
2. Do not use credit or credit history as a criteria for categorical exclusion
3. Do not use former criminal record or time served as a criteria for categorical exclusion
4. Do not use houselessness as a criteria for categorical exclusion

Name of Business or Cooperative venture *
Business Address *
Business Email *
Phone number *
Primary Contact *
Primary Contact Email *
Primary Contact Phone *
Secondary Contact *
Secondary Contact Email *
Secondary Contact Phone *
Please describe your business (products & services) *
Please describe your business (misson & values) *
Do you have a business plan? *
Total number of owners/employees/coop members or potential members (Note: Cooperation Richmond requires at least 3 worker owners) *
Where do cooperative members live? (i.e. Richmond) *
Who are the members? Please enter first and last names of each member. *
Where does your customer base live? *
Who are the core partners in your project (other organizations, suppliers, contractors, non-profit support groups, etc.) *
Cooperation Richmond focuses support for low-income residents and residents of color in Richmond and West Contra Costa County, in particular, those who have been most harmed by and excluded from the dominant economy. Therefore, we would love to know more about who you are. Please describe your members demographics: Race/Ethnicity/Nationality: Mark all that apply. *
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Income level: How would you describe your income level? *
Customer base geography & demographics: Where does your customer base live? Mark all that apply. *
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What are demographics of your customer base? *
What is the current corporate structure of the business? Please check which of the following apply: *
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What kind of assistance do you think your cooperative needs? *
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