Founded in 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association is the national voice for cooperative enterprise in the United States and has a mission to develop, advance and protect cooperative business. NCBA provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill and diligently works with lawmakers to enact legislation that supports the development and growth of cooperatives.

NCBA’s comprehensive programs help co-ops strengthen their businesses so they can better serve their members and transform the global economy. NCBA also creates connections across all sectors of the nation’s more than 29,000 cooperative businesses, including agriculture, food distribution and retailing, childcare, credit unions, purchasing, worker-owned, housing, healthcare, energy and telecommunications cooperatives. NCBA’s CLUSA International Program has helped develop cooperatives and other sustainable businesses in over 100 countries since 1953.  CLUSA currently implements 23 projects in 10 countries. In the 2012, cooperatives around the world will celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives.  Cooperative enterprises build a better world. To learn more about NCBA, please visit www.ncba.coop. To learn more about the US observance of the International Year of Cooperatives, visit www.usa2012.coop.