Community-Owned Business

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"Community-owned businesses fall into four broad categories:

Cooperative: A communally owned and managed business, operated for the benefit of its members;

Community-Owned Corporation: A traditional, for-profit corporation that integrates social enterprise principles;

Small Ownership Group: A small, ad hoc investor group that capitalizes and/or operates a business as a partnership or closely held corporation; and

Investment Fund: A community-based fund that invests debt or equity in local business ventures." (

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