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A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by James Marshall

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by Sandy Roberts

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Recipe for Good Board Meetings
by Michael Healy

Here it comes again: the monthly board meeting. You’ve figured out child care for the fourth Monday of every month, that version of parental Olympics where Mom runs out the door as Dad runs in. A...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
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
A Small Co-op Grows Greener
by Kristine Kopperud Jepsen

When a food co-op builds or remodels its own home, the project rivets the attention and scrutiny of its neighborhood. In the case of Oneota Community Food Co-op in rural Decorah, Iowa, the...

23 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
A Smoother Road to Deli Margins
by Allen Seidner

Delis with a labor problem aren’t hard to come by. Newer teams guzzle labor dollars while struggling to achieve a learning curve and a critical mass of cooperation. Until your foodservice...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
A Suggestion for Co-op Survival
by Joe Holtz

A Suggestion for Co-op Survival

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
A Tale of Ten Co-ops
by Rosie Weaver

On September 2, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced Seed Grants totaling $100,000 awarded to 10 communities across the U.S. that are organizing co-ops, to be matched in each case with equal...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
A Tale of Two Brands
by Katherine Roseth

During the past year, I received many calls and emails from National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) member stores asking how they should integrate the Co-op Advantage brand with their...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
A Touchstone Event for Startup Co-ops
by Ellen Michel

As hosts of the annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running Food Co-op Conference," participants from Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative (Bloomington, Ind.) are keenly aware of the many...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
A Trojan Horse in Our Midst
by Laddie Lushin, Esq.

The Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act (which I'll refer to as the ULCAA or the Act) is a "model" statute proposed for adoption in the individual states. It is a governing statute for an...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A Victory for Local and Regional Food
by Dave Gutknecht

Updating the story on food safety legislation.

05 Jan 2011 • Endcap Articles
A View from the CEO of National Co-op Bank
by Charles Snyder

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I am asked every day my opinion about the economy. Are we going to have another depression? When is the housing market going to turn around?

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
A World of Opportunity
by Dave Gutknecht

Declaring 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives received a rare unanimous vote from the UN General Assembly. This declaration offers a timely opportunity to promote cooperatives as a proven...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
A Year Past Reorganization
by Robynn Shrader

Glancing back at articles in Cooperative Grocer magazine a year ago, I’m struck by how much has changed in just one year since the official reorganization of the former CGA system into the...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
Abandoned Member Property Need Not Escheat to the State
by Lottie Cohen

Virtually every state has adopted a law similar to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. 1 This article will outline how cooperatives have been affected by escheat laws and how one...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Abuse -- and Answers
by Dave Gutknecht

Themes from this edition on co-op managers, their boards of directors, and co-op members:

Retail management is a complex, demanding job: juggling product,...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Bruce Mayer

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Peg Nolan

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices Primer Now Available
by Steve Wolfe

Accounting Best Practices for Food Co-ops: A Primer is now available, an excellent and concise (14-page) summary in four sections:  balance sheet, income statement, internal control, and cash...

15 Nov 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Bruce Mayer

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Peg Nolan

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Steve Wolfe

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 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