Business Plan Workbook
Business plans for co-ops are not unlike those for any type of business, and a good plan is essential to attract investment and financing. The Nova Scotia Co-op Council has published a workbook - guide that offers a detailed study of the business planning process. The front section of this guide also provides other useful information for new co-operatives.
Business Plan Templates and Samples
Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs provides access to various interactive business planning tools online, including business plan samples and templates.
Financing your Co-operative
This Coopzone page offers a useful set of tools for co-op financing, including a comprehensive Capital Guide. It was developed for worker co-operatives, but can be used by all types of co-ops to understand capitalization issues and options.
Guide to Financing your Co-operative (ON)
See this page for a good general overview of how a co-op can finance its operations. While some details are specific to Ontario, most apply to all co-ops.
Resources Related to Co-op Accounting and Financial Management
This Coopzone page offers links to a variety of tools and guidelines for good financial management.
Understanding Co-op Taxation
This paper was written in the late 1990s to clarify various confusions about tax rules for co-ops vs. other businesses. It offers an excellent overview for anyone interested in the subject.