Polycot Associates

Polycot Associates is a worker cooperative whose focus is on creating websites which are attractive, functional, and easy to maintain. Working primarily in the content management systems Drupal and Wordpress, Polycot prides itself in being able to leverage these open-source frameworks to deliver a custom web solution for a fraction of what other systems would cost. Their repertoire includes everything from simple informational websites to full-fledged web applications, e-commerce, multilingual sites, and more. This 6-owner team is looking to expand, so if you are a tech nerd and social intelligence is important to you, get in touch via their website below.

Polycot is also in the process of incubating a fledgling platform cooperative, WordJammers, providing written content on demand, like articles and blog posts. The member-owners of WordJammers, whose writing skills power the platform, will provide feedback to guide the development of the platform, and share in the profits of the business.

To get in touch, visit Polycot’s website at polycotassociates.com or WordJammers at wordjammers.com

Triple AmazonSmile Donations ends 3/31

Amazon Smile is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their FIRST eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from now through March 31. This is a great opportunity to increase Austin Cooperative Business Foundation's AmazonSmile donations by reminding everyone to shop at smile.amazon.com.   Please share this blog post in email or and social media to spread the word.... 

"3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase - through March 31! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2782668 and Amazon donates to Austin Cooperative Business Foundation."

2018 Membership Drive!

We launched our 2018 Membership Campaign at the beginning of February. It is a new year and that means new dues! Invoices for 2018 Membership will be emailed soon!

Did you know that not only can your cooperative support the movement with your organizational membership, but we also offer individual membership starting at $50.00 per year. This is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of cooperatives one member at a time.

There are many opportunities in the year ahead and we would hate for you to miss a minute of it. If you are interested in becoming an individual member, please click here to join or contact us by emailing board@acba.coop.

Treasure City Thrift, a worker-run thrift store

Guest blogger, Siyolo Ndika

Treasure City Thrift, a worker-run thrift store, started as an all  volunteer-based collective to fund community organizations like the Inside Books Project (IBP),which sends books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Currently, we promote sustainability and zero-waste efforts to lessen our carbon footprint on this sacred planet and to educate our community on how to do the same.

As a donation based thrift store, located in the heart of the city’s eastside neighborhood, we are able to be in solidarity with over 20 local grassroots organizations through financial and material support such as shopping nights where 100% of sales during the event  go to a monthly designated group such as Challenger Street Newspaper this February. Other efforts include continuously collecting art supplies for Puro-Chingon Art Collective or cycling items to support the Yellow Bike Project. Other groups we stand in solidarity with include Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Black Sovereign Nation, Youth Rise Texas and many others who address local political, health, and cultural issues in Austin.

Stand in solidarity with us and support our community! A couple things to be on the lookout for include:

Our monthly 25 cent sale: February 17th, March 17th, April 21st from 11am-5pm

Really Really Free Market: February 25th, March 25th, April 29th from 1-3pm at Chestnut Park

Shopping Night: Challenger Street Newspaper: on February 22nd from 7-9pm

Bikes Across Borders: on April 6th from 7-9pm