Our Community Market: In partnership with leaders in the food sector, ICA is working to develop a worker and community owned grocery store that features fresh foods at affordable prices, while still offering great service, and ensuring high quality jobs. Worker and community ownership isn’t enough to make a grocery store competitive and affordable. Our Community Market leverages a unique distribution system and operational strategy, combined with a network of stores that can achieve real economies of scale to address head on the challenges stores in low and moderate income communities face.
Wellspring Cooperative Corporation: ICA has been working with Wellspring, a non profit worker co-op incubator working to create worker owned companies focused on employing residents of Springfield, Massachusetts with barriers to employment. Wellspring launched their first co-op, an upholstery firm in the 2013 and they are currently working to launch a second co-op, a greenhouse. ICA provided market analysis, financial modeling, governance structure, and in securing outside capital.
The Alternative Staffing Alliance: The ICA Group launched the Alternative Staffing Alliance with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2007. The Alliance is a peer network of over 50 social purpose staffing firms that pair a temporary staffing business platform with supportive services to help people with obstacles to employment enter and advance in the workforce. Alternative staffing organizations (ASOs) act as intermediaries between employers and job seekers, helping employers attract and retain reliable, motivated workers and linking job seekers to competitive employment, opportunities for skills development and pathways to hire by employer customers. The model is one of the most effective workforce development strategies, leveraging state, federal and philanthropic training funds on a 9 to 1 rate.