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Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Margaret Lund

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival. Unless you project the co-op's cash requirements and manage accordingly, there are likely to be some harsh surprises ahead...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Two Stores and Growing: Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
by George Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is an oasis of natural beauty and culture and is home to Indiana University, the state's largest school. Bloomingfoods...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Building Accountability
by Mel Braverman

Who would choose to work for an organization that does not hold the general manager accountable? Would you want to work for an organization that does not hold your co-workers...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Transforming Workplace Culture
by Carolee Colter

"Culture" maybe hard to define, but the signs of a dysfunctional workplace culture are hard to ignore. Do any of these sound like your co-op?

08 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by David Fowle

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Encountering Cooperative Extremists
by Marilyn Scholl

Do the following statements or situations sound familiar in our cooperatives?

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Promoting Organizational Healing
by Ann Waterhouse

Ever heard the phrase, "Work smarter, not harder?" Ever wonder, as I have, exactly what that phrase means? T've thought about it for a while and have some thoughts I'd like to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Management Evaluation Under Policy Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

The relationship between the board and the general manager is probably the most important relationship in a co-op. To be successful, a cooperative needs a strong manager AND a...

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Annie Donovan

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Sophia Raday

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Lessons from the Planning Front Lines
by Karen Zimbelman

Does the idea of planning sessions with your co-op board of directors fill you with dread? Do you spend more time talking about planning than actually doing any planning? Are your...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Ends: Defining Your Cooperative Advantage
by Linda Stier

This article is intended for everyone who is inspired or in any way impacted by cooperative principles. It focuses on defining the difference a cooperative makes in the world and the dramatic...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
A Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
by Karen Zimbelman NOTE: This article is a summary of a workshop presented at CCMA 2000 called "Building Member Linkage: A Tool for Policy and Action." What follows is first a description of the presentation...
08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
Maintaining Co-op Democracy
by Ann Waterhouse

As a member of the Willy Street Co-op board in Madison, Wisc., I'm interested in creative ways to stimulate member participation in our cooperative. We held an annual meeting last August and...

08 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Helping Build a Thriving Future for Food Cooperatives
by Marilyn Scholl

Long before "just do it" became part of the American lexicon, the teenaged Homer Hickam, inspired by the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and fueled by a desire to beat the Russians at the space race,...

08 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Democracy Works
by Paul CultreraDemocracy Works
08 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Radio Marketing Can Be Cheap and Powerful
by Kelly Wiseman

The last thing the average co-op manager has time for is figuring out the vagaries of radio. We know virtually nothing about reading Wilhite surveys, drive-time placement, writing...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Promoting Pre-order Sales:
by Aspen OlmsteadThree years ago, members of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Real Food Cooperative were forced to vote on whether their retail co-op should declare bankruptcy. Today, three years later, Syracuse Real Food...
09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership
by Marilyn Scholl

Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Peruvian Percolator
by Dave Gutknecht

Thanks to Rick Stewart and Frontier Natural Products Co-op, I just spent a week in Peru, where Frontier and an allied local group, the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in the...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Sophia Raday

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Kerinne McNicholas

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Annie Donovan

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Educating Staff About Nutrition
by Ruth Blackburn 

Natural foods cooperatives have historically been leaders in providing education to staff, members and shoppers. The fifth cooperative principle states in part, "We strive to...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
Mission Statement – or (Still) Missin' Statement?
by Dave Gutknecht

Results of the Retail Operations Survey once again show strong growth and profitability by most food co-ops during the past year. Eighty percent of the co-op stores surveyed are...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998