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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
NCGA Development Cooperative Addresses Growing Demand
by C.E. Pugh

 

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
One Town, Two Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

White River Junction is a small town at the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers in central Vermont. For the past 35 years, it has been the home of the Upper Valley Food Co-op. The town...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
The view from the other side of the White River
by Kye Cochran

 

When the Hanover Co-op approached us with the idea of opening a branch store right across the river from us, we were in the final negotiation process to buy our own building. In fact...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Planning for the International Year of Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperators in the U.S. and around the world continue to prepare broad, multi-faceted campaigns for 2012, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Year of...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Co-ops and Public Figures Look to 2012
by Dave Gutknecht

Spreading inspiring co-op stories. Developing more co-ops to serve more people. Building more collaboration among different co-op sectors: credit unions, food co-ops, worker co-ops, housing co-ops...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Healthy Foods, Cooperative Communities
by Micha Josephy

 

The national conversation around healthy food access has recently gained significant momentum and attention. While co-ops have pioneered many food system innovations, including...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Restorative Practices
by Jennifer Crain

Before the Olympia Food Co-op became a two-store operation with over 80 staff members, resolving internal conflicts was a direct but mostly informal process. If a conflict arose, such as an...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Sign-Making Solutions: A Review
by Lisa Smith

Have you ever tried to sell a product without a sign? If you have, you know how important signage is to grocery sales. With upwards of 70 percent of all purchases being unplanned, good signage on...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Cooperative Strategic Leadership
by Art Sherwood

There has been much discussion, debate and downright argument about the role of the board in the strategic process of our co-ops. "Isn't that getting into operations? Aren't our hands tied by our...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Learning from Co-op Startups
by Patricia Cumbie

In the years since 2005, when the Food Co-op 500 pilot project began to challenge the sector to have 500 food co-ops by 2015, a lot has been accomplished in an attempt to achieve this goal. As a...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
PDF of November 2011 issue
by Dan Nordley

It seems the printer for Cooperative Grocer experienced some unusual difficulty in binding the November issue, and there are a number of copies out there with 3-6 and 31-34 taking the place of 7-...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Bruce Mayer

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Peg Nolan

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Steve Wolfe

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Tips for Choosing a Designer
by Lisa Smith

Budget and skill

Good designers can cost anywhere between $25 an hour to hundreds, but don’t make the mistake of only looking at designers in your price range. Luckily, creative folks like...

04 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
A World of Opportunity
by Dave Gutknecht

Declaring 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives received a rare unanimous vote from the UN General Assembly. This declaration offers a timely opportunity to promote cooperatives as a proven...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
2012: International Year of Cooperatives
by Staff

 

"Cooperative enterprises build a better world." This has been adopted as the official slogan of "2012: International Year of Cooperatives"—a United Nations declaration and a global...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Food Co-op Initiative Awards $100K in Grants
by Staff

 

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Harrisonburg’s Friendly New Neighbor
by Ben Sandel

In March 2006, about 30 people came to a meeting at the Little Grill Collective restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va., to talk about starting a cooperative. The Little Grill had opened a 600-square-foot...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Burlington, N.C., Welcomes Company Shops Market
by Sharon Dent

What started as an exploration of interest in Company Shops Market in August 2007 led to a very quiet soft opening on May 21, 2011, in downtown Burlington, N.C. Folks from other co-ops, our staff...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Does Fair Trade Have a Future?
by Phyllis Robinson

In September 2010, at the Fair Trade Futures Conference in Boston, Santiago Paz, co-director of CEPICAFE, a small coffee farmer cooperative in northern Peru, shook the audience with his...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Cooperatives Supporting Cooperatives
by Staff

Leading U.S. food cooperative manufacturers continue to support producer co-ops in other nations. Following are two examples.

Once Again Nut Butter supports Nicaraguan farmers

Once Again Nut...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Developing Standards for Domestic Fair Trade
by Kerstin Lindgren

 

We sometimes describe the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) as a movement of movements. We count among our members farmers and their organizations, farmworkers and their...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Delightful Shopping
by Jeanne Lakso

Using cross-functional store teams to plan promotions can be a simple way to create effective promotional programs that are fun and engaging for your customers, position the co-op as an exciting...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011