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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
Prospects in Hard Times: Part 3
by Dave Gutknecht

[“Rootstock” Part 3: 2009, unpublished]

Think organic food. Think childcare and other essential services. Think community economic development and local lending. These are the kinds of...

20 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Prospects: Year 1, 25, 40…
by Dave Gutknecht

Annual milestones and awards of recognition are noted here, with some food co-ops in year one and others now at age 40. For Cooperative Grocer, it is 25 years— and an excuse to offer some...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Protecting Member Loan Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

As readers may recall, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling specifically about co-op loan programs. In the case, Reves v. Ernst and Young, the court determined that some loans by...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Public History at the Co-op
by Craig Harris

In the summer of 2011, I was contemplating the daunting task of how to gather and recognize what would soon be 30 years of history for Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market in Wilmington, N.C. My...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Public Ownership: "Socialism, American Style"

If cooperatives are an essential component of a fair economy, public ownership has an even bigger role.  Think essential infrastructure and services:  roads, water and other utilities,...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Public Programs for Organic Operations
by Cissy Bowman

Recent Farm Bills have established programs that provide financial assistance for organic folks, and there also are helpful services that are partly funded by United States Department of...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Pumping Deli Sales With Less Labor
by Allen SeidnerDoes every deli need a fully staffed work station? Despite the trend toward more complex, service-intensive deli programs, the results are only occasionally more profitable, and they always demand...
09 Jan 2004 #075 March - April - 1998
Pure Governance Versus Relative Governance
by Larry Sadler

To the editor:

As a student of cooperative governance I followed with interest the positions outlined by authors Donald Kreis and James Morgan [Cooperative Grocer #127 and #128]. My reaction...

15 May 2007 #130 May - June - 2007
Pursuing a Co-op Controlled Label
by Jeff Voltz

I am passionate about natural foods. I am passionate about co-ops. And I am passionate about success.

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Rex Stewart

The job of promoting your co-op encompasses everyone involved in the business. Employees, board members and even member/shoppers participate in marketing the co-op. This group is your informal...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Chris Quinn

The job of promoting your co-op encompasses everyone involved in the business. Employees, board members and even member/shoppers participate in marketing the co-op. This group is your informal...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Putting Your Best Slate Forward
by Mari Hooten Lee

Some co-op leaders consider their organizations fortunate to find enough people just to fill the vacant seats on the board. But warm bodies are never enough. And imagine the stakes when, as at...

09 Jan 2004 #031 November - December - 1990
Questioning At-Will Employment
by Carolee Colter

In the previous edition of this magazine (CG #151, November–December 2010) we read about the progress of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in establishing principles for domestic fair trade....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Quincy Co-op: 25 Years, New Home
by Lucinda BerdonQuincy Co-op: 25 Years, New Home
07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 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
Raising the Stakes?
by Scott Beers

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Margaret Lund

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Ratios Rectified - and a Rebate Request
by Walden Swanson

Alert readers Joe Golton from Ashland Food Co-op and John Foley from Outpost Natural Foods Co-op found mistakes in the Return on Equity and the Return on Assets ratios in the Operations Report...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Reaching Cooperative Solutions
by Dave Gutknecht

The Cooperative Solution, by E.G. Nadeau, is a small book that makes large claims, as indicated in its subtitle: How the United States can tame recessions, reduce inequality, and protect the...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Reaching Out at Moscow Food Co-op
by Carol Spurling

Cooking and wellness classes. Taste fairs. Farm and field days. Store tours for local schoolchildren. All are familiar and important outreach tools for food co-ops.

But just as it’s...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Reaching Producer Agreements
by Travis Lusk

Through good, honest practices, direct communication, and working to build lasting relationships, a local program can thrive in any cooperative grocery store. In the Twin Cities area, there are a...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Reaching the College Crowd
by Mari Roseman

Like no other generation, Gen Y gets the green movement. They've grown up with terms such as going green, triple bottom line, sustainable, organic, local. And Gen Y (generally defined as those...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Reaching the Next Generation
by Paul Hazen

[Below: excerpts from a column in Cooperative Business Journal (Sept./Oct. 2011) by Paul Hazen, who is president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association. 

Hazen...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Reaching Youth at coopsrock.coop
by Ken Davis

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We live in electronic ether, with the World Wide Web like an infinite canvas. It’s an excellent era for the visual arts. Opportunities and audiences abound....

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009