Black Star Co-op Articles and Bylaws

Certificate of Formation: Black Star Co-op is incorporated as a co-operative association under Chapter 251 of the Texas Business Organizations CodeA copy of the the Certificate of Formation (Articles of Incorporation) in PDF format is available here.

Current Bylaws: the bylaws of the Co-op are amended and voted on by our Member-Owners from time to time. The current version (1.8) was approved at a meeeting of the Members’ Assembly on October 26, 2014. A complete copy of the bylaws in PDF format is available here: Bylaws Version 1.9. You can view our Privacy Policy here.

Policy Register

Annual Reports:

2015 (pdf),  2014 (pdf)2013 (pdf)2012 (pdf)2011 (pdf)2010 (pdf)2009 (pdf), 2008 (pdf)


Austin Co-op Directory
A resource list of co-operative establishments in Austin, Texas.

Austin Cooperative Business Association
The ACBA is a regional cross sector cooperative association that aims to increase cooperative memberships, expand the cooperative economy and educate the public about the cooperative business model in central Texas.

Cooperation Texas
Cooperation Texas is an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives. We believe everyone deserves equal access to dignified employment, which is why we place those most directly affected by social and economic inequality at the center of our work. Cooperation Texas is the only worker cooperative development center in Texas. We provide education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up worker cooperatives in all sectors of the economy, helping launch and strengthen Texas businesses that put people and the planet first.

International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
The International Co-operative Alliance unites co-operatives worldwide. It is the custodian of co-operative values and principles and makes the case for their distinctive values-based economic business model which also provides individuals and communities with an instrument of self-help and influence over their development. The ICA advocates the interests and success of co-operatives, disseminates best practices and know-how, strengthens their capacity building and monitors their performance and progress over time.

Mondragon Corporation
Mondragon Corporation is the embodiment of the co-operative movement that began in 1956, the year that witnessed the creation of the first industrial cooperative in Mondragón in the province of Gipuzkoa. The Corporation’s Mission combines the core goals of a business organisation competing on international markets with the use of democratic methods in its business organisation, the creation of jobs, the human and professional development of its workers and a pledge to development with its social environment.

National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
The National Cooperative Business Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national membership association representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries. We are democratically organized and operate according to internationally recognized cooperative principles. NCBA also provides a strong, unified voice on Capitol Hill, and diligently works with lawmakers to enact cooperative-friendly legislation. NCBA offers a variety of programs and services to connect you to other co-ops; affording you many opportunities to develop partnerships that help attract and maintain your membership while growing your business.

Texas Business Organization Code (TBOC) on Co-operative Associations
TBOC Title 6, Section 251 outlines the organization and provisions of Cooperative Associations in the state of Texas.

United States Federation of Worker Co-operatives (USFWC)
The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, democratic workplaces, and organizations that support the growth and development of worker cooperatives.

Craft Beer Community

Texas Craft Brewers Guild
The Texas Craft Brewers Guild exists for the purpose of promoting craft beer in the State of Texas, educating the public about the qualities and attributes of craft beer and advancing the common interest of Texas craft brewers.

The Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than2,000 US brewery members and 43,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer distributors, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association.

Co-op Breweries

Fifth Street Brewpub - Dayton, OH
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery - Seattle, WA
Los Alamos Beer Co-op - Los Alamos, NM

In Process:
San Jose Cooperative Brewery - San Jose, CA
Yellow City Co-op Brewpub - Amarillo, TX
High Five Co-op Brewery - Grand Rapids, MI