The Austin Cooperative Business Association, ACBA, is a joint project between Austin-area cooperatives and the National Cooperative Business Association that aims to benefit and expand cooperative businesses in Central Texas. The ACBA plans to help increase the membership and profitability of cooperative businesses, connect compatible cooperatives and raise awareness of the benefits of cooperatives among consumers, economic development organizations, and state and local governments.
Cooperatives have played a vital role in the Austin area’s economic growth and resiliency. They have provided necessary goods and services like food, housing, financing and utilities to members in our region since the 1930s. Cooperatives reinvest profits in the business or pay dividends to members.
While each co-op has a unique mission and membership, there is a shared set of values implicit in cooperative culture, including self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, honesty, openness, social responsibility, solidarity and caring for others. Grounded in these values, and cooperative principles through which they are demonstrated, ACBA will serve established and developing cooperatives.
Together we can make it easier to start and grow cooperatives, create more cooperative jobs, and improve the lives of cooperative members throughout our region.