The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO) is the PA Wilds Center’s core business development program. It focuses on growing and connecting unique place-based businesses, which are vital to creating vibrant, sustainable communities.
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is the main program through which small businesses and nonprofits – from artisans to breweries to B&Bs to outfitters to retailers to restaurants to galleries to designers to videographers – engage with the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, networks and platforms.
Functionally, The Wilds Cooperative is the listings backbone for the regional visitor site pawilds.com; the product supply line for the PA Wilds Conservation Shops physical and online stores; and the entry point for those looking to team up on PA Wilds licensed products in the market place.
It is also the program through which PA Wilds Center connects place-based businesses to each other for mentoring and business-to-business marketing opportunities; how it sources most of its contracts; how it refers businesses to lenders, small business development centers and other service providers; and how it collects jobs data related to the PA Wilds effort.
In other words, it’s a lot of businesses cooperating with PA Wilds Center to grow the regional brand in a way that builds local pride, puts more locals to work and keeps more dollars in our rural economy longer.
To learn more about how to JOIN, go to www.WildsCoPa.org