The Brightly® franchise, approved in November 2018 by the New York State Attorney General’s office, is the first worker cooperative franchise in the US. The franchise has a non-profit mission dedicated to expanding business ownership for low-income domestic workers. Each individual Brightly® business is structured as a for-profit cleaning enterprise, owned by its worker-members.
Currently, three Brightly® worker cooperatives operate in New York City: Brightly® Port Richmond (Staten Island), Brightly® Carrol Gardens (Brooklyn), and Brightly® East Harlem. A fourth cooperative, in Washington Heights, will join the franchise in March 2020. Plans are also underway to incubate a fifth cooperative in New York City next year, and to lay the groundwork for the first Brightly® to be launched beyond New York’s borders.