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Avoiding Post-Expansion Burnout
by Carolee Colter

You’ve been working on this project for more than two years. After overcoming every obstacle, putting up with countless delays, raising hundreds of thousands in financing, moving all your...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Bloomingfoods Caters Kinsey Coming Out Party
by Ellen Michel

On Saturday, November 13, 2004, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli and its Encore Café helped cater a fundraising reception for The Kinsey Institute, celebrating the premiere of the Fox Searchlight...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Co-op Boards and Why We Do What We Do
by Dave Gutknecht

In their efforts to grow and govern democratic businesses, food co-op boards of directors need to look both inward and outward.

My previous two columns discussed the expanding...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Don McLemore and the New NCGA
by Dave Gutknecht

I briefly interviewed Don McLemore in late November, two months after his hiring as the CEO of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Don McLemore can be reached via email at don@...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
New La Crosse Store and Restaurant Opens
by Michelle Schry

People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, Wis., started laying the groundwork for expansion years ago. Peg Nolan, our co-op’s former general manager, made a brilliant purchase back in 1998, buying a house...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Swarthmore Co-op Gets a New Store
by Jack Cavanaugh

The Swarthmore Co-op started in a garage in 1937, founded by local residents in search of less expensive and fresher food. The membership fee was $5, which remained in effect until December 2002....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Social Justice in Agriculture Forum
by Robynn Shrader

I recently had an opportunity to represent food co-ops at a forum for Social Justice in Agriculture, along with representatives from organizations representing farm workers, fair-trade initiatives...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Removing the President of the Board
by Deirdrie Lang

Kootenay Country Co-op is a 29-year-old cooperative operating in Nelson, British Columbia. We have been enjoying several years of financial stability and membership growth. We are fortunate to...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Making Member Relations the Co-op's Organizing Principle
by Peg Nolan

In his booklet Three Strategic Concepts for the Guidance of Cooperatives, Brett Fairbairn urges co-ops to place our relationship with co-op members at the center of our thinking and activities....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Did They Get the Message?
by Mark Mulcahy

If you are like most produce managers, you are always looking for ways to make the best use of your marketing efforts and increase your daily sales. That success depends on whether you are...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
A Model for Cooperative Challenges
by Michel Lafleur

Mastering strategy is absolutely key for a manager. “One of the most important of a manager’s tasks consists in establishing the organization’s strategy—or in at least overseeing the process by...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
CGIN: Online Community
by Karen Zimbelman

Food co-ops banded together to form the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) in 1997. In the intervening years, their idea of a “low-overhead organization that cranks out products, not...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Payment Card Security Compliance
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26 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Development Directions, Part 2
by Dave Gutknecht

In Part 1, "Turning Points and Lessons," I discussed the decline of two major cooperatives -- the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley (C.C.B.) stores and DANCe (Distributing Alliance of the...

31 Jan 2009 #019 October - November - 1988
In Memory of Eric Kindberg
by Cissy Bowman

Eric Kindberg, 66, a longtime advocate of cooperative development, organic farming, and integrity in organic regulations, died Dec. 11, 2008. Originally from Arkansas, Eric died in China, where he...

01 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington
by Staff

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Gold Is Where You Find It
by Larry Brucia

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There’s a saying in the gold business that is simple and to the point but makes a lot of sense. When people ask gold miners where they can find gold, the...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
My Co-op Rocks! Video Contest
by Mari Roseman

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Lights, camera…arugula! National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is inviting co-op shoppers to submit videos in a nationwide “My Co-op Rocks!” contest, in...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Seward Co-op Opens New Store in Minneapolis
by Staff

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In Minneapolis, Minn., Seward Co-op opened its new 25,600-square-foot facility Jan. 8, 2009. The $10.5 ­million project ­relocated the store seven blocks east of its...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
2008 Grants and 2009 Plans at the Howard Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Suzette Snow-Cobb

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Kristin Howard

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Explore the New Legal Flexibility
by Joel Dahlgren

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Watchdogging Organic Standards
by Goldie Caughlan

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In the midst of watchdogging and commenting on the flurry of Federal Register filings out of USDA and FDA, we were stunned when the National Organic Program (NOP) of...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Counting on Co-op Employees
by Carolee Colter

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Co-op managers want to know how their employees feel about the co-op as an employer. Increasingly, they are turning to employee surveys...

05 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009