To survive, co-op’s still require a sustainable business model just as any successful organization does. There is a financial benefit to the co-ops operations; this is not to be overlooked. For many owner/customer/members it is a key part of the value for owner/customer/members. Currently over 120 million people are members of 48,000 U.S. cooperatives. As cooperatives expand in the U.S. and globally it is critical for every employee of your cooperative to understand the cooperative business model which exists because of the Cooperative Legacy.