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Member Guidelines + Resources

The basics of the application process, member types and eligibility requirements.

MEMBER
GUIDELINES

The most current version of the Wilds Cooperative Membership Guidelines. 

INELIGIBLE
BUSINESSES

View the list of business types that are ineligible to apply for membership in the Wilds Cooperative. 

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REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION

Learn more about the different requirements for particpation in the Wilds Cooperative, including residency and business licensing.  

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HOW TO
RESOURCES

Download step by step instructions detailing what to expect when applying.

CREATIVE MAKERSEXPERIENCE MAKERS

Member Responsibilities

The program works best for those who make it work for them. You will need to be proactive about promoting your status and selling the unique products and experiences you’re known for. We’re here to help – but as a team we don’t know what we don’t know.  Our team relies on current information from our members and partners so that we can spread the word and help make valuable connections. Below are the top 3 responsibilities that are up to each member to uphold to ensure the program grows as a strong network of opportunities for businesses and communities across the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

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KEEP YOUR PROFILE CURRENT

Keeping your profile information current will help with your business promotion, and we will ask you to “review” their profile on an annual basis for renewal. Inactive or inaccurate profiles are subject to suspension. 

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ENGAGE WITH THE NETWORK

Our membership is 300 strong and growing.  Fellow  members work in creative industries, hospitality, retail, tourism, state parks, community groups, and the list goes on.  Our members can provide the services your business might be looking for, new opportunities for collaboration, or a brilliant synergy that is just waiting to happen. We encourage you to engage with other membres of the WCO through the Forum,  at events or via direct messaging (available through member profiles).  

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SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORIES

Your success is our success! Keep us posted on your successes, events and projects by using #pawilds and #pawildsmade in your social media posts.  We also have recommending messaging for sharing your news and your role as a member of the WCO. We also ask our members to complete the annual member survey (sent via email each June). This data is used in aggregate and helps to demonstrate the economic impact of the PA Wilds Center’s programs and services in communities across the region as well as funding and political support for the Pennsylvania Wilds work.

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Your Member Benefits in Action!

The Wilds Cooperative helps grow and connect unique small businesses in the region by providing branding and marketing tools; education and networking opportunities; access to new markets; and referrals to PA’s financing and technical assistance service provider network for small businesses.

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MARKETING

MEMBER BENEFIT: Presence on Wilds Cooperative digital/print materials and social media.
IN ACTION:  Post your content to social media using #pawilds #pawildsmade (that’s how our team knows to promote you!)

MEMBER BENEFIT: Online profile in Member Directory on WildsCoPa.org
IN ACTION:  Keep your member profile current and relevant, allowing us to better market your business.

MEMBER DIRECTORIES

MEMBER BENEFIT: Free listing on PAWilds.com
(BRICK & MORTAR LOCATIONS ONLY)
IN ACTION:  Include your business name, location and hours in your member profile so that visitors know when to stop in.

BRANDING ASSETS

MEMBER BENEFIT: Access to your member specific digital brand toolkit.
IN ACTION:  Log into your WCO account, visit the Branding Assets page and download your toolkit with logo files for your member type and begin using them.

BRANDING ASSETS

MEMBER BENEFIT: One (1) printed branding asset. (i.e. window cling)
IN ACTION:  Hang your window cling in a prominent location at your establishment to let people know you’re a part of the WCO.

MEMBER BENEFIT: Discounts on additional printed branding assets.
IN ACTION:  Check out the additional branding assets you have access to and consider taking advantage of the discount you receive on them as a member.

MEMBER BENEFIT: 100 Hang Tags
(Professional Level Artisans only)
IN ACTION:  Use your tags on all of your for-sale products so that potential customers can identify your products as regionally-made at first glance.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT + TECH ASSISTANCE

MEMBER BENEFIT: Networking with other members of the Wilds Cooperative.
IN ACTION:  Attend a signature PA Wilds Center event, or connect virtually to meet others in the WCO program and build meaningful connections.

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MEMBER BENEFIT: Discounts on professional development workshops and opportunities.
IN ACTION:  Sign up for and participate in any webinars, courses or conferences that the Center alerts you to and which may be useful to your business.

MEMBER BENEFIT: Access to region wide funding opportunities and technical assistance to help grow your business. 
IN ACTION:  Check out our compiled regional resources guide. 

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MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

MEMBER BENEFIT: Listing in Buyers’ Guide(Professional Level Makers, Licensees + Retail Outlets)
IN ACTION:  Ensure your member profile information is up to date, as details about your business are pulled from there to complete this annual catalog.

BUYER’S GUIDE

MEMBER BENEFIT: Eligibility to sell products in PA Wilds Conservation Shop physical and online stores. (Professional Level Makers + Wholesale producers)
IN ACTION:
 Apply to become an approved wholesale vendor so your products can be sold at our PA Wilds Conservation Shops!

MORE DETAILS

MEMBER BENEFIT:  Business to Business opportunities for services and products with other WCO members. 
IN ACTION:  Broadcast youropportunities to work with other WCO members in the Forum area of the site or search the Forum or Directory to find the next great thing for your business right here in the PA Wilds! 

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