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Time Management
by Mel Braverman

"Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Stronger Together Works in HR, Too
by kari mitchel

When working with Outpost Co-op managers on a particularly sticky employee issue, I often hear, "I’m glad I don’t have your job!" Although I may think the same thing of...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
A SLICE of Cooperation
by webster walker

SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere, is an annual conference and organizing project in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The SLICE vision of an expanding cooperative...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Educating and Energizing Startups
by Ellen Michel

The third annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running" food co-op startup conference took place in Bloomington, Ind., on March 8–10, 2012. This year’s gathering attracted 81...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify
by John Eicholz

We were lucky to be invited by Wendy Holm, a Canadian agronomist, to attend a conference on cooperative development in Cuba. In her words, this conference grew out of the nexus between her work...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify
by patti waters

We were lucky to be invited by Wendy Holm, a Canadian agronomist, to attend a conference on cooperative development in Cuba. In her words, this conference grew out of the nexus between her work...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Neighboring Food Co-ops Focus on Cross-Sector Collaboration
by Erbin Crowell

On a bright, beautiful February day in Putney, Vt., members of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) gathered at the Putney School’s Calder Hall. "It’s always a...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Be the Best You Can Be—Quicker
by Nina Johnson

You know the feeling: you walk into your first meeting, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure what to say or do, and everyone but you seems to know what’s going on. That’s...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Diverse Means, Common Ends
by Dave Gutknecht

Alongside many new cooperatives that are springing up, established food co-ops continue to evolve and deepen their community roots. This edition has several substantial reports that illustrate...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Promoting the International Year of Cooperatives
by StaffVideo Series on Food Co-ops

A video series, "Lights, Cameras, Co-ops: Exploring the Country's Thriving Food Co-ops" has been launched by the National Cooperative Grocers Association...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Startup Technology Choices
by Jake Schlachter

Been called by a new food co-op for advice recently? The number of startup food cooperatives is swelling, and with it, the ranks of cooperative advisors.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Balancing Employers and Employees
by Jeanie Wells

Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers. Unlike some of our big competitors in the grocery industry who only work to maintain their organization's interests, food co-ops seem...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Bruce Mayer

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Peg Nolan

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Steve Wolfe

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Don't Wait—Act Today!
by Jeanne Lakso

Competition in the grocery industry is fierce. With more retailers entering the natural and organic market and more shoppers purchasing natural and organic foods

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by David Waisman

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by Lynn Olson

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Coordinating a Collaborative Commissary Kitchen
by Ellen Michel

It's 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday night in January as I swing behind the old Coca-Cola building near downtown Bloomington, Ind. At the buzz of the intercom, a staff person from the...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Measuring Ends, Telling Our Story
by Michael Healy

Why does the work of measuring the co-op's accomplishments and telling the co-op's story matter?

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Reviving Democracy, Spreading Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

The Occupy movement in the U.S. (there also are international manifestations) is one of the more encouraging recent developments in the present political environment. Most of the Occupy sites have...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
International Year of Cooperatives Launched— Get Your Story Out There
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World." The International Year of Cooperatives is underway, after being officially launched in late October at the United Nations. Earlier, a unanimous...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Looking to the UN’s International Year of Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When the president of the United Nations General Assembly invited Dame Pauline Green to come to the iconic green marble podium, a billion proud cooperators walked with her. As she spoke in her...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
IYC on Camera
by Kelly Smith

Happy International Year of Cooperatives! 

We’ve been thinking about International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) for long enough that making the mental shift from 2011 to 2012 was a...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Makin’ Groceries with New Orleans Food Co-op
by Lori Burge

While most New Orleanians wouldn’t call themselves foodies, they are known for their love of food. "Makin’ groceries" is a traditional term used for food shopping in New...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012