What we're about
Have you ever considered starting your own business? Maybe you found it too intimidating so you settled for a regular job.
Are you one of those good people who is finding it difficult to get a job? Or maybe the one you have is not working out for you.
The perfect solution is to start a business together, a worker cooperative. Together we can accomplish more than we can individually.
You get to choose who your co-workers are. You share the headaches of running a business with others. You share the profits. You have a say in how the business is run. You share in control.
Currently, there are no worker cooperatives on Long Island. Therefore, in order to begin to reap the benefits, we will have to make it happen ourselves. If you came to be handed a regular job, this is not for you. If you came with your sleeves rolled up, ready to work for a better life for all of us, this is for you.
When you decide to organize as a worker cooperative, a lot of support doors open for you. You can use this group in several ways: You can come to get feedback on your ideas. You can find co-founders. You can learn about starting and running a business.
This group is for any type of business. If you are interested in farming specifically, you might want to join the East End Farm Worker Cooperative as well. If you are or want to be self-employed, join Long Island Solopreneurs and Freelancers.
If you have been here before, you may have noticed that I have changed the name of the group. Enterprisers are a particular type of entrepreneurs who are more "we" oriented than "me" centered. They work well with others and know that occasionally it may be necessary to yield to the group in order to achieve their common goals. The terms came to me from Margaret Bau of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a panelist in a webinar discussion about farming cooperatives produced by the Democracy at Work Institute and uploaded to YouTube at https://youtu.be/Oa7JJBLb64o .