Working to unite, promote and strengthen

cooperative businesses across Montana

If you would like to Sponsor our 25th Anniversary Celebration, please visit our website,, or email Shandy Petersen at

We cannot wait to celebrate this milestone with our friends!

A block of rooms is available at the Super 8 in Columbus, Montana.

Call 877-361-2508 for individual reservations-reference "Block MCDC."

McIntyre Elected to the

National Cooperative Business Association -CLUSA Board of Directors!


The Mission of NCBA-Clusa is to develop, advance, and protect cooperative enterprise. McIntyre joins an esteemed group of individuals from across the US, where she will represent rural cooperatives and cooperative developers. To learn more about NCBA-Clusa visit the website at

News from the Montana Council of Cooperatives!

The Montana Council of Cooperative's had an excellent Annual Meeting back in January. The Council's board is building on that momentum and is continuing forward with strategic development and updates for the organization.

As part of this effort by the Board, the MCOC team is completing an outreach to Council members. If you are a cooperative in Montana and a member of the Montana Council of Cooperatives can you take about 5 minutes and help us out by completing this survey? We hope to gather valuable feedback to enhance the Montana Council of Cooperative's services to the Montana Cooperative Community.

In addition to the strategic development work, the Montana Council of Cooperatives' Board is in the process of reviewing and updating the membership structures, benefits, and fees. Stay tuned for our August Newsletter for the updated membership structures. 

Introducing the Musselshell Investment Cooperative

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Win a Painting and Support MCDC?

That is a Win-Win!

Thank you to Randy McIntyre with Elk Camp Arts for donating this beautiful Lily Painting. This painting is being raffled to support the work being done at MCDC and MCOC. Tickets can be purchased by calling the office, visiting with one of the staff or board members, or online by visiting our website,

Tickets are $10 for one, $40 for five, or $100 for 12.

The painting is an original acrylic on 12x24 canvas.

Welcome to the Cooperative Community

Petroleum County Community Development Cooperative!

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Nicole Borner Takes

MCDC's Investment Cooperative

Program to Nebraska!

MCDC Cooperative Specialist, Nicole Borner spoke at the recent Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) event in Sidney, Nebraska, shedding light on MCDC's crucial role in helping communities establish opportunity development cooperatives (ie. Investment Cooperatives) in Montana. She explained how MCDC provides technical support to steering committees, assisting them in creating investment cooperatives and connecting with key stakeholders in rural areas across the state. Nicole not only highlighted Montana's progress in cooperative business development but also shared valuable insights for community developers and organizers looking to implement similar strategies. By stressing the collaborative nature of this initiative, where cooperative developers nationwide exchange knowledge and experiences, Nicole emphasized the potential of collective efforts in fostering resilient, locally-driven economies. 

Mark Your Calendars-

We have some Great Events on the Horizon!

We are scheduling customized board training

for Montana Cooperatives

Contact our Office at 406-727-1517 or email

Note - This service is part of the MT Cooperative Development Center's programming for start-up cooperatives.

For all other cooperatives, this is a fee-based service with discounts for the Montana Council of Cooperative Members.

Want to become a Council Member- email Shandy at

If you would like us to post your upcoming co-op events or information in the Montana Cooperative Update send event information to: