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About Co-ops  
A cooperative is a business. Co-ops range in size from small store-fronts to large Fortune 500 companies. In many ways, they're like any other business, but in several important ways they're unique and different.

Cooperative Principles 
• Are owned and democratically controlled by their members - the people who use the co-op's services or buy its goods - not by outside investors. Co-op members elect their board of directors from within the membership.

• Return surplus revenues (income over expenses and investment) to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their "investment" or ownership share.

• Are motivated not by profit, but by service, to meet their members' needs for affordable and high quality goods or services. Exist solely to serve their members.

• Pay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves. Surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income.

National Cooperative Business Association