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Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Marilyn Scholl

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Art Sherwood

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Board Budgets
by Michael Healy

This article contains charts not pictured. You can download the pdf version with charts here.

The board of directors fulfills an essential governing role in a cooperatively owned,...

22 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Board Orientation, Training, and Education
by Candace Dow

We all want to leave the co-op better than it was when we came on the board,” said Rachel Soffer, board president of Lakewinds Natural Foods, with stores in the Minneapolis suburbs of Anoka,...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006
Board Training at Two Startup Co-ops
by Ann Waterhouse

On an evening in early May 2004, I had just completed the first half of board of directors training for Harvest Market, a new cooperative in Barneveld, Wisc. The president asked how boards make...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Bowers Fund Helps Grow Co-ops
by Staff

Thanks to co-ops' support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 -people receive scholarships to the attend CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) each year. 

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03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Branching, Blooming, and Branding
by Ellen Michel

Branching, Blooming, and Branding

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Brand Readiness Hits the Road
by Ellen Michel

The word branding sometimes conjures images of bucking broncos, rodeos where livestock are marked with an indelible sign. Indeed, branding with a hot iron speaks to the rambunctious nature of...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Connie Vial Green

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Alex Gyori

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Bread Program Makes the Co-op a Neighborhood Destination
by Tim Bartlett

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Is there anything better than warm, crusty bread? The smell, the texture, the burst of flavor when you break it open and dip it into a little bit of olive oil and a...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Bringing Fair Trade Home
by Erbin Crowell

Domestic or international? One of my most lasting memories from my visit with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Georgia last summer was a profound sense of commonality.

29 Dec 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Bringing Low-Income Shoppers into the Co-op
by Clem Nilan

Once upon a time in Burlington, Vt., on the shores of Lake Champlain, the downtown grocery store went belly up. In dismay, city leaders asked for proposals for another store to come in and take...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op
by Melanie Reid

Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004. Once the co-op had successfully navigated the initial challenges that every startup faces and began to experience stable finances...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Build the Crew Before You Build the Walls
by Mark Mulcahy

You're in the Expansion Zone when: Every possible inch of sales floor space is filled, and even the ceiling has hanging baskets of product. It is amazing that you can move in your back room, let...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Building a Co-op Future
by Jane Livingston

The International Year of Cooperatives is an ideal time to think about the intellectual underpinnings of the cooperative movement. Canadian cooperators offer two key resources for this endeavor....

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Building a Controlled Label Program
by George Southworth

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by Mark Novak

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Cooperative Base and Future
by Dave Gutknecht

These may actually be good circumstances for cooperatives. The country has entered a new era, marked by financial decline and much uncertainty, continuing wars, and accelerating environmental...

05 Jan 2010 #145 November - December - 2009
Building a Cooperative of Independent Natural Food Retailers
by Staff

Cooperative Grocer: Congratulations on the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) (www.naturalfoodretailers.net) growing to over 100 member retailers. By way of introduction,...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Building a Cooperative Virtual Chain
by Robynn Shrader

NCGA: Building a Cooperative Virtual Chain

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Building a Customer Service System
by Marilyn Scholl The key to exceptional services lies in building relationships, and in the quality of relationships, with customers and with employees.

09 Jan 2004 #073 November - December - 1997
Building a Foundation for Co-op Programs
by Robynn ShraderBuilding a Foundation for Co-op Programs
07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Building a Healthy Local Foods Economy with Coopetition
by Ellen Michel

Every so often a question will be put forth among co-ops that, in its simplified version, asks something like this: “Does your co-op support farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011