Several years ago, CDS had the privilege of working with the founding of NorthEast Investment Co-op in Northeast Minneapolis. Neighborhood leaders came together to leverage community capital to secure and transform commercial real estate, and recently completed leasing their second property. We believe this model has tremendous opportunity to stabilize small businesses in other communities, rural and urban, and are in process of completing a practitioners’ guide to support startups elsewhere. We intend to roll out that guide later this fall. Meanwhile, if you want to be inspired by neighbors coming together to advance their shared local interests, look up NorthEast Investment Co-op on YouTube, and watch their six short (2-4 minutes) videos.
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