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IYC on Camera
by Kelly Smith

Happy International Year of Cooperatives! 

We’ve been thinking about International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) for long enough that making the mental shift from 2011 to 2012 was a...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Makin’ Groceries with New Orleans Food Co-op
by Lori Burge

While most New Orleanians wouldn’t call themselves foodies, they are known for their love of food. "Makin’ groceries" is a traditional term used for food shopping in New...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Makin’ Groceries with New Orleans Food Co-op
by Elizabeth Underwood

While most New Orleanians wouldn’t call themselves foodies, they are known for their love of food. "Makin’ groceries" is a traditional term used for food shopping in New...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Kitsap=Community
by Kristina Kruzan

One of the issues that faces startup co-ops is how best to use their oftentimes limited resources to get the most impact in equity, publicity, and community support. The Kitsap Community Food Co-...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Nurturing Your Income Statement
by Bruce Mayer

Summary: our previous article was on the balance sheet, and after our review below of the income statement, a subsequent installment will cover internal controls and cash management. Our vision...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Nurturing Your Income Statement
by Peg Nolan

Summary: our previous article was on the balance sheet, and after our review below of the income statement, a subsequent installment will cover internal controls and cash management. Our vision...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Nurturing Your Income Statement
by Steve Wolfe

Summary: our previous article was on the balance sheet, and after our review below of the income statement, a subsequent installment will cover internal controls and cash management. Our vision...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Marquette Co-op: Building Local Food
by Matt Gougeon

In a small, rural community in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan, a vibrant cooperative grocery store is proving to be a growing local economic player. Marquette Food Co-op (MFC) boasts...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Food Justice in Its Simplest Form
by Leika Suzumura

Food has an amazing way of bringing people together. We all relate to the fact that we need to eat, every day. This is why I chose to become a dietitian; I knew that I could connect to anyone...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Who’s Watching Member Labor in Retail Food Cooperatives?
by Thane Joyal

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
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