Join us in building a network of community-based enterprises in Detroit

Join us in building a network of community-based enterprises in Detroit.

“Community-based enterprises” are locally rooted, sustainable businesses or start-ups, committed to:

  • Providing community benefit, particularly equity ownership for workers and producers

  • Paying living wages

  • Freely sharing resources to help each other grow

C2BE works to strengthen businesses owned and operated by members of historically underserved populations in Detroit, while increasing the number and size of these businesses.

Latest News

C2BE presents “Detroit Cooperates” at the 2015 Allied Media Conference

C2BE hosted a “Detroit Co-operates Workshop” for the 2015 Allied Media Conference.  With over 60 participants from all over the region and country, we shared our work and learned about cooperative work from folks in the room. Click below for our powerpoint presentation:

Deborah Groban Olson speaks about Alternate Ownership Models at Open Cities Detroit

Who’s the Boss: Considering Alternative Ownership Models Open City Detroit Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, Michigan Have you ever wanted to start a business? Are you a current owner? Panelists will discuss alternative models of business ownership, including co-ops and employee stock ownership plans.  The event will be moderated by Chanell Scott, Co-op consultant at 456 […]

Home Care Worker Co-op Looking For Collaborators

Hi C2BE and DCC Friends: With the support of the Center for Community Based Enterprise, a small group in the Detroit area are working towards starting a home care worker cooperative. They will be launching an employee owned business that will provide services to the elderly and disabled who would like to remain in there homes. This group is looking for people […]

Anchoring Businesses & Good Jobs with Employee Ownership

“Anchoring Businesses &Good Jobs with Employee Ownership”presentation from this year’sMichigan Labor Management Association Conference Deborah Groban Olson and Robert ChiaravalliApril 19, 2012 View Presentation in Google Docs Viewer

Richard Wolff on Curing Capitalism

Economist Richard Wolff answers audience questions about industry regulation, the limits of capitalism, and solutions to economic inequality:

USW-Mondragon Union Co-op Model Announced

Worker Ownership for the 99%: The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy   Press Release 3/26/12 (PDF)   The Union Co-op Model (PDF)

DCC Announces Declaration of Interdependence

  C2BE is pleased and proud to announce the creation of the Declaration of Interdependence, a statement of principles binding together the member organizations of the Detroit Community Cooperative.  So far over a dozen organizations and individuals have signed on, and the DCC is interested in hearing from other groups and people active in Detroit […]

New Cooperatives Legislation Introduced In Congress

Rep. Chaka Fattah (2nd Dist. Pennsylvania) recently introduced The National Cooperative Development Act of 2011 in the House, and is pursuing co-sponsors before it is sent to the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunities Subcommittee for consideration.  C2BE will be working with other members of the Detroit Community Cooperative to encourage Michigan’s congressional delegation to support […]

Announcing the Detroit Community Cooperative

You are invited to learn about C2BE’s latest initiative, the Detroit Community Cooperative (DCC), by attending its first potluck dinner on Fri. Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. Please RSVP to and let us know how many people and what food or drinks you will bring to the potluck. The Detroit Community Cooperative (DCC) is […]