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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
Bag It!
by Carol Spurling

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Bag It!
by Jesica DeHart

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
The Right Fit
by Debbie Suassuna

There are a number of characteristics that can add to or detract from a natural food co-op store’s opportunity for success. We’ve covered location and site characteristics to be considered in...

10 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Logo Basics
by Lisa Smith

John McWade, founder and creative director of Before & After magazine says "design looks easier than it is, and it’s more important than it looks." This is especially true for your store’s...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

Several years ago in this magazine, Mark Goehring and I proposed a new process for management compensation (CG #134, Jan.–...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Farmers and Consumers Together
by Erbin Crowell

At the annual winter conference of the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association earlier this year, author and activist Bill McKibben congratulated those gathered on a cold, windy day in...

26 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Steps to a Solidarity Economy
by Elizabeth Henderson

Cooperation among cooperatives is a basic principle of the co-op movement. In Kansas, New York, and Massachusetts, food co-ops are applying this concept in a creative way: providing deep and solid...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From the Ground Up
by Thaleon Tremain

A growing category in grocery retail embraces farmer-ownership. What do Divine Chocolate, Ocean Spray, Tillamook, Organic Valley, and Florida’s Natural have in common? They are all “farmer-owned”...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
The Politics of Cooperation: Exploring the Landscape
by Stuart Reid

Cultivating cooperation, by its nature, means working with many different groups. Here is a primer on the many organizations and resources you need to know about as you work to establish or...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Sharing Passions and Expertise with Startups
by Jake Schlachter

On a Monday in May, I addressed a room crowded with attentive listeners who had come to hear how to add an income-generating activity to their food co-op organizing efforts. They were 127 people...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Food Hubs Build Local Food Infrastructure
by Dave Gutknecht

Two USDA publications issued in 2010 provide useful reports on the challenges and advantages of “food hubs,” a concept that is central to the ongoing revival of local food systems.  These and...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From Cool Ideas to Cooler Results
by Joel Kopischke

Serving on a board has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done in my life, but it rarely has provided instant gratification. And that’s appropriate—the board takes a long-term view.

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011