Co-op Sauce was once part of a non-profit membership organization called Co-op Image (which still exists as a board-driven youth arts education and entrepreneurship organization). When Co-op Image began making hot sauce, the organization could not afford to grow out the sauce business, so Mike made an investment to develop Co-op Sauce as an independent entity. Now, the social entrepreneurship B-Corp employs five Chicago youth part time and another ten seasonally. Though its business, Co-op Sauce continues to generate tens of thousands of dollars for Co-op Image’s youth arts programming, and has brought thousands of much needed dollars to local growers and farmers. Although no longer officially a Co-op, Co-op Sauce is proud of its holistic and cooperative approach to social entrepreneurship.