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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
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 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
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
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
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
Branching, Blooming, and Branding
by Ellen Michel

Branching, Blooming, and Branding

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
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
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
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
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 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
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link, http://ica.coop/en/media/library/member...

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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
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
Blooming Prairie: The Next Chapter
by Anya Firszt

The Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse closed its books with a final distribution of monies to the membership at the end of March 2005—more than two and a half years after the sale of the...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Blooming Prairie: "The most important strategies are those that strengthen our retail members."
by Jesse Singerman

As the market we helped to create undergoes dramatic and fundamental change, cooperative natural product distributors and retailers, the "new wave" of consumer cooperatives formed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Blooming Prairie Proposal Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Our Retailer Network
by Robynn Shrader

News of the proposed acquisition of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse by United Natural Foods, Inc. has evoked many different reactions throughout the food co-op community. It is natural to...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2007 Awards
by Staff

In May the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced its 2007 list of awards to organizations focused on increasing cooperative initiatives and organic/sustainable agriculture for local producers,...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2006 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

In mid-April the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced the recipients of its 2006 grants. Ten grants totaling $177,000 have been awarded to the following organizations doing important work for...

09 Aug 2006 #124 May - June - 2006
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2005 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

Blooming Prairie Foundation announced in June the recipients of its 2005 grant awards. This is the first year that the foundation has awarded grants, which totaled over $250,000. The following...

05 Dec 2005 #120 September - October - 2005
Bioterrorism: A Call to Action!
by Mark MulcahyHave you read the latest news stories on food bioterrorism in the US and around the world?

Taliban fighters sneak growth hormone into milk supply. Although rGBH is banned in major dairy producing...

07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

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