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The Co-op Empowerment Stream
by Bill Gessner

Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, in theory and in action. Empowerment can be a simple and clarifying...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
The Co-op Difference and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

What distinguishes the cooperative store from other retails will vary according to the features of the particular market the store is in and how the co-op has defined its niche in that market....

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
The Changing Face of Co-op Development
by Stuart Reid

How do you start a new retail food co-op? Can you give me a checklist and a budget? I’ll take it from there!

If only it were that easy. With hundreds of communities interested in opening new...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
The Buzz on Fair Trade
by Gael Orr

Once Again Nut Butter is an employee-owned company. Beekeeper sustainability projects and the establishment of fair trade infrastructure have been an important part of our work at Once...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
The Board's Role in Expansion Planning
by Sharon Lake

At the beginning of 1986, New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City was thriving. In our 3300 square foot facility, we were setting new sales records regularly, and the store was bursting with merchandise...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
The Board's Role in Expansion Planning
by Allison York

At the beginning of 1986, New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City was thriving. In our 3300 square foot facility, we were setting new sales records regularly, and the store was bursting with merchandise...

09 Jan 2004 #020 December - January - 1988
The Board Role in the Accountability Stream
by Marilyn Scholl

Boards of directors are the critical link between owners and management in the accountability chain for a cooperative. If boards don’t have a good understanding of how accountability works or don’...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
The BIG Scoop
by Jennifer Callen

They don't call me "Binhead" for nothing -- I believe in Bulk! Unfortunately, word on the aisles is that Bulk has reached its plateau -- sales have flattened -- interest is dying...

09 Jan 2004 #079 November - December - 1998
The Big Picture
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is another "big picture" edition, after the previous one's annual survey report.

The new Food Co-op Directory is the most complete such listing available...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
The Best Job Ever
by Nikla Lancksweert

The following statements were made by pre-teens and teenagers from Philadelphia public schools. Be warned—you’ll be shocked.

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The ABCs of POS
by Michael Copley

What point-of-sale (POS) system does your co-op use, and how well does it work for you?” “Should we be recording cost of product in our POS system?” “How do you create a...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Terrible Fix, Farm Bill in "Uncharted Territory"

The nine-month “fix” in the farm bill is worse than nothing.  With the last-minute approval of this compromise, largely without debate, we lost relatively inexpensive yet...

21 Jan 2013 • Endcap Articles
Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy

The Democracy Collaborative continues to issue valuable summaries of current efforts to build economic institutions and policies that will serve communities in a democratic manner.  Gar...

25 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
Telling Stories
by Charli Mills

Long ago, back in the days of community barn raising, an Upper Midwest barn was new in a day. Neighbors traveled by horse, wagon, and maybe a model-A or two to help a young German homesteader and...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Tell the Fair Trade Story
by Nicole Chettero

Values long held within the cooperative business community are now hitting the mainstream. More and more consumers are asking not only, “Is this good for me?” but also, “Is this good for others...

15 Nov 2006 #126 September - October - 2006
Teaching Kids: Food Education in America
by Julie Cross

If you're reading this during store hours, chances are that someone at your co-op is teaching a kid about food right now. Truth be told, it's actually more difficult to avoid teaching kids about...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Tax Deduction Supports Accessible Remodeling
by Dave Gutknecht

Proposed rules requiring handicapped accessibility for retail businesses and public establishments of all types were announced in January 1991 by the U.S. government -- the latest step in...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Task Force Eyes Cooperative Equity Fund
by Margaret Lund

Too many times, we have watched co-op borrowers valiantly launch expansion projects, only to struggle with the load of debt required to finance the quality of store demanded by today’s natural...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
Task Force Eyes Cooperative Equity Fund
by Rebecca Dunn

Too many times, we have watched co-op borrowers valiantly launch expansion projects, only to struggle with the load of debt required to finance the quality of store demanded by today’s natural...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
Tallahassee’s New Leaf Market Flourishes in Expanded Store
by Cristin Burns

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New Leaf Market spent five years searching for an expansion opportunity. Three promising projects fell apart in the feasibility stage. Just when the...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Talent Planning for Successful Performance
by Lauren Olsen

The saying “the only constant is change” is as true in co-ops as it is elsewhere. One of the best ways to deal with change is to plan for it. Most co-ops have a business plan, a...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Taking Stock of Your Customer Service Level
by Dale Bramhall

In these times of tough competition, your store depends on repeat customers for survival. Giving great service not only keeps present customers but will create new customers as well. Many...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Taking Policy Governance to Heart
by Mark Goehring

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26 Apr 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Taking Food Safety to the Source
by Rosemary Fifield

As businesses providing ready-to-eat foods, co-ops should be taking precautions to ensure that we are not contributing to the statistics on food-borne illness. With an estimated 1.5 million people...

24 Feb 2005 #116 January - February - 2005
Taking Care of Board Fundamentals
by Joel Kopischke

As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. When boards of directors consider their duties—ensuring organizational accountability...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013