Cooperative calligraphies have been popping up all over Montana, with a handful of them in the state capital, Helena.
The cooperative binding calligraphry company is based in Helena, and is a cooperative with a membership of 200.
“I’m the owner and it’s my job to make sure all the members get a lot of love and attention,” co-owner John Bowers said.
“There’s lots of things that go into that, so there’s a lot more work to do.
We’re all doing it together, we’re all learning from each other.”
Cooperatives in Montana have been in business since 2009, and the state is home to many of the largest cooperative associations in the country.
But it’s not just the larger groups that are in business.
“Cooperatives have become more and more important in the last few years because the economy is in a different place than in the past,” said Kristina Hines, a spokesperson for the Montana Cooperative Alliance.
“The economy has changed, the jobs are coming back, and people are really getting into the business and starting to be more productive.”
Cooperative callsigraphy is a form of calligraphing that uses a single-handed hand and can be used in a variety of different settings.
It’s a popular pastime for students, creative types, people who are just looking for a good old fashioned challenge, and for people who want to add some unique touches to their work.
Hines said the business is booming, and she’s optimistic that there will be more cooperative binding in the future.
“We’re seeing more and so we’ve been growing so much over the last three years,” she said.
The Montana Cooperative Association is not a traditional cooperative, but rather a partnership of a number of different groups in Montana.
Some of those groups have been doing cooperative binding for a while now.
The co-operative binding calligraphers group in Helena was founded in 2010 by Michael and Elizabeth Sikes, and it now has about 30 members.
Michael Sikes is a certified calligraper, and Elizabeth has been working as a calligaper for the past eight years.
Together, the two of them have been working to help the Montana cooperative binding community grow and develop.
“What’s happening in Montana, and what’s happening across the country is that we’re seeing a really big boom in the use of cooperatives and cooperative binding,” Michael Sices said.
Cooperatives and other forms of cooperative binding are gaining popularity in recent years, with the emergence of new and unique businesses, as well as new opportunities for businesses to diversify their business model.
“As more businesses get involved, that has the potential to really drive the economy,” said Hines.
The Cooperatives at Work initiative, launched by the Montana State University Cooperative Extension Service, is an initiative that encourages cooperative binding businesses to open up their business.
The initiative helps them expand their business by creating opportunities for the people involved.
“With our business we are trying to grow and expand and create new businesses that are working together,” Hines explained.
“So we want to encourage that to happen and encourage those businesses to come together.”
The initiative also provides a model for businesses that want to expand their operations.
“It’s not like the old days when you were a sole proprietor, and you just got into a cooperative, you had your own shop and you worked with people,” Hine said.
That’s no longer the case, and Cooperatives for Work is a way for businesses with a vision to grow.
“That’s a great way to get out and show that you can do that, and we have been able to do that,” Himes said.
And Cooperatives work for everyone.
“People are becoming more aware of cooperatively bound businesses, so that’s one of the things that is really going to make the economy go forward,” Hues said.
With the economic downturn, Cooperatives have been a key part of the Montana economy.
There’s a good reason for that.
“These businesses are really helping to expand Montana’s economy, and so they’re making a lot, a lot easier to get a job in Montana,” said Steve McNeil, a farmer telephone cooperative operator in Helena.
“A lot of times, if you’re not a farmer, you can’t get a call from a farmer and they can’t call you back, so you have to get your call through a cooperative.”
Hines added that cooperative binding can also help businesses grow, too.
“If a cooperative works with a farmer in Montana that’s doing a lot better business because of it, then I think that’s a win for the economy as a whole,” she explained.
And as Cooperatives continue to grow, so too will their business models.
“All of the co-ops, cooperative binding, are really good at the idea of getting people out of the house and into the community and