This is an article about local cooperatives (coops) designed to provide goods and services to local businesses, thus reducing the impact on the environment that comes from transportation across long distances. One example in the article is a Cleveland coop formed to provide laundry services to area hospitals.
Normal cooperatives would be successful if they provided goods and services that local businesses need. One way to determine these needs is to find out what goods and services local businesses are currently purchasing from non-local providers. Then, the people who are interested in starting a particular coop would find out how to get started by researching other coops (Cleveland's Evergreen Cooperatives, for example).
Depending on the resources needed, forming cooperatives might also help unemployed people start a new career.