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Community businesses

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Some communities form businesses as community ventures, with the intent of supporting their members. Others leave this up to individual community members to create (or not), and some “bedroom communities” specifically prohibit business operations within the community.

Among communities which seek community income, there are those who believe that a mark of a successful community is whether they can create one or more money-making enterprises adequate to support its members. Some communities rely in whole or in part on outside work for their income; some communitarians prefer to work within the community, feeling that it promotes community cohesion.

One of the Six defining characteristics of cohousing is No shared community economy, so generally, cohousing communities do not have businesses owned/operated by the community as a whole.

Examples of community businesses

See also

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network