From One Cooperative to Another…
The Business Services Cooperative (BSC) began as a creative way to offer bookkeeping support to a worker cooperative by a former worker-owner.
Today we serve resident-owned communities, cooperatives of all shapes and sizes, small businesses, and non-profits working for the benefit of a shared and community owned economy.
We’ve grown into an efficient team working remotely and paperless, offering our services across the region and look forward to the ways we’ll continue to grow.
Our mission is to strengthen a cooperative economy by providing comprehensive business and consulting services primarily to cooperatives and small businesses by skilled and helpful professionals.
Meet Our Team
Our team of employee-owners offer full-charge bookkeeping and business support services to resident-owned communities, cooperatives, other member-owned organizations, and small businesses. Although we specialize in member-owned and member-controlled entities, our clients operate in many different industries.
Accounting Manager, Senior Bookkeeper
Kristy has an Associates in Accounting from the South Puget Sound Community College and has been working as a Bookkeeper since 2013. She was a founder of the New Moon Cooperative Café, where she developed a love for cooperatives and finance.
Kristy spent two years working at the Northwest Cooperative Development Center as a Bookkeeper and Cooperative Developer before joining the team at the Business Services Cooperative.
As the Accounting Manager and Senior Bookkeeper, Kristy oversees the production work of our team, assists in client management, and handles our internal accounting.
Practice Manager, Client Manager
Micheal has worked with cooperative businesses since 2009. He has worked as a Bookkeeper and Financial Manager since 2013, serving on the Board of the Olympia Food Cooperative for five years, and has been a founding member of three employee-owned cooperatives, one of them the Business Services Cooperative.
Micheal most recently served as the Administrative and Financial Manager of the Northwest Construction Cooperative before coming on full-time with BSC.
As the Practice and Client Manager, Micheal works with all of our clients to see they get what they need, and handles the workings of the co-op’s internal systems.
X spent over three years at the New Moon Cooperative Café. During that time, they discovered a knack for bookkeeping, administration, and HR. As part of the Finance Committee, they managed payroll, oversaw monthly financial statements, and led the annual budgeting process.
X enjoys helping other cooperatives; projecting, budgeting, and passing on financial and administrative skills to new groups of cooperative worker-owners. More recently, X was a Bookkeeper and Office Administrator at a small local manufacturer where they cut their teeth outside of the restaurant industry and cooperative sector.
As the newest member to our team, X handles the bookkeeping production work for our clients, from data entry to accounts receivable, to payroll.
Hidden Village Owners Association
We are very happy with their services. Staff are responsive to our needs and are prompt with their reports. They work well with our CPA on our annual audits. As a volunteer treasurer with no relevant experience, I very much appreciate that they take the time to provide technical assistance in areas like budgeting and documenting expenditures, and are friendly, kind, and patient with me.
Capital Homecare Cooperative
When we came to the Business Services Co-op and started working with them, we were amazed with the professionalism, integrity and kindness with which they met us. They spent time getting to know us, to know our business and industry standards, to understand our insecurities and worked hard to meet us halfway.
New Moon Cooperative Café
With BSC on our team, we are able to put much of our financial work into the hands of people we trust and know, and people who know the guts of our business in a real and intimate way. Because BSC understands our business model and has developed a history with us, we can count on BSC to guide us with financial questions and advice, as well as thoroughly and accurately handle our finances.