Local People. Serving You.

All cooperative businesses adhere to these seven guiding principles:

1) Voluntary and Open Membership: Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.

2) Democratic Member Control: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

3) Members' Economic Participation: Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.

4) Autonomy and Independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.

5) Education, Training, and Information: Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives.

6) Cooperation Among Cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together.

7) Concern for Community: While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities.