Mission: The center for community-based enterprise (c2be) is a detroit-based non- profit organization working to create living-wage jobs through worker- ownership in all its forms. We provide legal help, technical assisance, education and collaboration to individuals interested
Programs: C2be defines community-based enterprises, or "cbes," as sustainable, locally rooted businesses that provide community benefit (particularly equity ownership for workers and producers), pay living wages and share resources to help each other grow. Our definition of a cbe purposefully includes but is not limited to cooperatives. We work to strengthen cbes by connecting them to business know-how and legal services, including feasibility studies, business planning, marketing, succession planning, incorporation documents (i. E. , articles and bylaws) and necssary contracts. In addition, c2be provides training for members and /or employees who are new to their roles as owners to understand their companies' finances, products, services and markets. C2be also plans to launch a co-op shared equity loan fund, in order to provide "patient seed captial" to finance start-up cooperatives and cbes.