A Cooperative Business Model

Over 90% of small businesses fail within the first two years. The reason for this is that most struggling business people have no support.

This business frailer rate is a waste of talent, ingenuity and resources. Running a business is a complicated process.  We must provide our small business people with a support structure that would allow them to succeed and, therefore, provide society with more positive results that would translate into more business for society and more possibilities for us all.

We must make available to our budding entrepreneurs the support that they need to be successful for all of society. Therefore, I suggest that instead of us teaching our fledgling business people to think of themselves as individuals in competition with everyone else, we teach them to work in cooperation with one another so as to provide each other the support that they need to make their enterprise successful.

Businesses can be taught to work in competition with one another or they can be taught to see each other as being in a cooperative relationship with one another where people are taught to work together in order to achieve the goals for the founding of the business.

A business needs those that provide the business to the public and those that are needed to support their efforts as well as those that consume the products that they make.  In order to achieve this supportive business model I propose that we form a new form of cooperative business model where the producers, their supporters and those that consume their products would all be conducted within civil trusts designed to promote cooperative relationships with each other in order to achieve the purpose of their relationships.

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9 Responses to “A Cooperative Business Model”
  1. Jamie Eustice says:

    I feel like this is almost to the point where it is too good to be true. Having businesses abandond the whole idea of competition seems quite dificult to instill in young business men/women’s minds. I think this is a good idea but in order to manuever it into actually working, you would have to take away the years and years of embedding that business is a competition. Also, as hard is it may be to own your own business I think many people go into the field for that aspect alone, they like the competition. While supporting each other’s business and following this relationship model will definitely decrease the number of failed businesses, i think the cognitive restructuring may be a little too much for people these days to just change right away. This would take a lot of time and effort to execute, but anything is possible, right?

  2. Jamie Eustice says:

    I feel like this is almost to the point where it is too good to be true. Having businesses abandond the whole idea of competition seems quite dificult to instill in young business men/women’s minds. I think this is a good idea but in order to manuever it into actually working, you would have to take away the years and years of embedding that business is a competition. Also, as hard is it may be to own your own business I think many people go into the field for that aspect alone, they like the competition. While supporting each other’s business and following this relationship model will definitely decrease the number of failed businesses, i think the cognitive restructuring may be a little too much for people these days to just change right away. This would take a lot of time and effort to execute, but anything is possible, right?

  3. Osama Shahzad says:

    Statistics are absolutely confounding. Not only is this individualistic mindset present in business, but it is present in almost all aspects of our American society. The problem however that arises from a communal system, whether it be in a society as a whole or for fledgling entreprenaurs who are trying to outshine competition is that someone always manages to exploit those who “play fair.” This is evident with the rise and ultimate unsuccessful “take-over” of communist regimes in countries such as Russia and China. Although they claim to be communist societies, they end up as totalitarian or dictatorships as running forms of government. Respectfully speaking, your idea of a communal based business “start-up” plan, will leave our nations brightest confined to the same boat as our nations masses. I believe it is safe to say, that without the “kill or be killed” structure we have now, we would never have seen the likes of people such as Trump and Gates. Is this system fair? That, is a whole other topic.

  4. Art 101: JDelijani says:

    I agree in that it would be extremely beneficial if entrepreneurs could receive a little help at the start of their business. This would especially be helpful in this bad economy where almost all private owned businesses are becoming bankrupt. However, I would like to add that although I understand that teaching entrepreneurs to work together as appose to compete against each other would probably cause an increase in successful businesses, I think that there are also a few possible outcomes to consider. For example, as we have learned from the past, people are constantly trying to seek greater power over each other. In past history, peace has always been broken by the greed of one person who had a desire for power and self-gain. I believe that at first people will work together and this system could probably help aid in the revival of the economy, but once everything is done and well people will forget their past tribulations and instead look to self-gain.

  5. Art 101: JDelijani says:

    There is no doubt that which each day globalization is majorly taking into effect in this world. Globalization is beneficial because it allows equal luxuries to all people, but at the same time one of the biggest downfalls or globalization is the loss of culture that is occurring. The sad truth is that globalization is slowly turning every nation into clones of each other. This doesn’t allow people to have a certain sense of individualism and uniqueness. Tourism in different nations wouldn’t exist unless there weren’t diverse cultures for people to see and experience. Soon, if every nation speaks one language, has the same food, and does all of the same things, we lose a sense of our past and the traditions our ancestors were trying to preserve.

  6. Michelle Betancourt says:

    As a daughter of a mother who has created two small businesses, one failing, and the other doing very well for over six years now, I see this as a very positive and optimistic idea for small businesses. This is something that could very well work, but the producers, consumers, and supporters must work in unison or else the businesses could easily fall. Due to the capitalist system, as a small business owner is it vital to compete, not only with other small businesses but large corporations. We see it all the time especially now, a small mom and pop store closing down because they can’t compete with the Ralph’s across the street. I would like to believe that this could work, but I feel that in the small business world, it’s every man (or woman) for themselves, because of capitalism. Therefore, I don’t see this cooperative business plan working in America.

  7. Michelle Betancourt says:

    As a daughter of a mother who has created two small businesses, one failing, and the other doing very well for over six years now, I see this as a very positive and optimistic idea for small businesses. This is something that could very well work, but the producers, consumers, and supporters must work in unison or else the businesses could easily fall. Due to the capitalist system, as a small business owner is it vital to compete, not only with other small businesses but large corporations. We see it all the time especially now, a small mom and pop store closing down because they can’t compete with the Ralph’s across the street. I would like to believe that this could work, but I feel that in the small business world, it’s every man (or woman) for themselves, because of capitalism. Therefore, I don’t see this cooperative business plan working in America.

  8. Dianna Nomanim says:

    I think this would be a really good idea but I highly doubt it would be possible under a lot of circumstances. It would be very difficult to not have competitions between businesses because there will always be some inner desire to make their opponents look disreputable. I feel as if the world runs on the competitions between large businesses. If you think about it, our world is built of advertisements, even if you don’t realize it. On ‘.com’ websites, there are advertisements trying to sell you their products, or at least make them known. There are billboards, commercials, magazine articles, even cars driving around trying to catch your attention. If there were no competitions between businesses I feel as if the world would be a much more simple, peaceful place-only for a while. But that would also bring out more areas for other types of competition.

  9. Narek Ghazaryan says:

    America is run by private business. It’s up to America to care about its private small businesses, if so many businesses have failed that means America doesn’t care, simple as that…

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