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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 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 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 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 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 Neighborhood Co-op Market
by Elizabeth Ferry

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Anyone could build a new store,” says Tony White, director of operations at the Hanover Co-op in Hanover, N.H. “We wanted to build a new co-op store.” He’s talking...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
A Near Miss at Mississippi Market
by Carolee ColterWhat went wrong? What lessons can other co-ops contemplating expansion learn from Mississippi Market's experience?

By all accounts, Mississippi Market's second store expansion was...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Suzette Snow-Cobb

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Kristin Howard

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Cooperative Challenges
by Michel Lafleur

Mastering strategy is absolutely key for a manager. “One of the most important of a manager’s tasks consists in establishing the organization’s strategy—or in at least overseeing the process by...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
A Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
by Karen Zimbelman NOTE: This article is a summary of a workshop presented at CCMA 2000 called "Building Member Linkage: A Tool for Policy and Action." What follows is first a description of the presentation...
08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
A Guide to the 2007 Farm Bill
by Lisa Hummon and Defenders of Wildlife

The following summary was adapted from “Rural Updates,” the online newsletter of Defenders of Wildlife. They encourage readers to subscribe to “Rural Updates” at: www.familyfarmer.org/sections/...

15 May 2007 #130 May - June - 2007
A Greater Velocity of Cooperation
by Dave Gutknecht

Well over three hundred directors, managers, trainers, and other cooperators met at the 2001 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference under the theme, "...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
A Greater Share in Your Future?
by David Thompson

The Davis Food Co-op capital plan is one that has developed step by step over the past eight years. It is not perfect, and were we starting from scratch might not be today's choice. On the other...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
A Good Servant to the Co-op Community
by Patricia Cumbie

A Good Servant to the Co-op Community

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
A Global Cooperative Mandate
by Dave Gutknecht

The world clearly is in dire need of approaches to social issues that are more democratic and more just. In this vein, the potential for cooperative enterprise is receiving greater attention,...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A General Manager Bids Farewell
by David Montano

When I woke up that fateful morning, I had first-day-on-the-job jitters. However, I was excited about my new job and eager to get started. I was introduced to the staff and then handed a bucket, a...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A Fresh Look at Membership Recruitment
by Stuart Reid

Community organizing evokes a -variety of images and reactions. Some associate it with the movements of the 1960s and ’70s, others with Barack Obama’s political campaigns, and many are...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
A Faster Path to the Bottom Line
by Mari Roseman

Wheatsfield Co-op didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. The Ames, Iowa, co-op was expanding and working through the plethora of challenges and decisions such projects present. The staff leveraged...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Credible Alternative to the Current Economic System

A TED presentation in the U.K. by Shane Hughes, titled “The Unstoppable Rise of a Collaborative Economy,” argued for the combination of a cooperative economy, a collaborative economy,...

08 Apr 2013 • Endcap Articles
A Cooperative Grievance Procedure
by Carolee Colter

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What recourse do co-op employees have if adversely affected by a management decision? How do they contest the wording of a performance review, the amount of a...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Cooperative Approach to Management Education
by Erbin Crowell

Editor’s note: In this article, when citing Canadian sources, we have retained their practice of hyphen­ating “co-operative.”

Education is a central principle of the cooperative...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
A Conversation With Mark Ritchie on Food and Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Bruce Bacon is a community activist and market gardener in Ramsey, Minnesota.

Dave Gutknecht has been working with food cooperatives since the early 1970s, and is the publisher...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
A Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by jon mcgoran

By 2007, Weavers Way Co-op was a Philadelphia neighborhood institution, with a growing urban farm program, expanding partnerships with local schools, nearly 3,000 member households, and annual...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013