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Saving in Numbers A purchasing co-op can help your business save by teaming up to buy in bulk.

By Gwen Moran

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Small-business owners may now be able to do what their larger competitors can do: save money by buying in bulk.

Regionally based purchasing co-ops are a fledgling trend, says Adam Schwartz, spokesman for the National Cooperative Business Association, a trade organization for co-ops. Organizations like GoLocal of Sonoma County, Calif., and Our Milwaukee can yield savings of 10 percent to 40 percent on purchases, Schwartz says.

Is joining a co-op right for your business? Here are some considerations:

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