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Making Ourselves Accountable
by Rose Marie Klee

Board of directors’ self-evaluation is the act of reflecting upon the past in order to constantly improve. It is rooted in a sincere commitment to providing high-quality governance as trustees of...

15 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Meaningful Metrics
by Todd Wallace

Successful reporting is essential to maintaining a positive board-management relationship. A sound process—one that includes the creation of meaningful metrics—is a powerful tool that closes the...

15 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
CCMA Conference Highlights and Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

Surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Indiana, some 360 co-op board members, managers, staff, trainers and others attended the 2010 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA)...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Prospects: Year 1, 25, 40…
by Dave Gutknecht

Annual milestones and awards of recognition are noted here, with some food co-ops in year one and others now at age 40. For Cooperative Grocer, it is 25 years— and an excuse to offer some...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Collaboration and Resilience
by Eric Deluca

What does it take to cultivate a resilient food system? Regional efforts underway in the Northeast and around the country suggest some inputs and practices that seem to be doing just that. These...

25 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Cooperative-Conscious Radio in Atlanta
by Bey Ahzjah Netjer Simons

I love co-ops, and I love radio! Naturally, upon coming to serve in one of the largest cooperatives in the Southeast six years ago, Sevananda Natural Foods Market, I was excited to use all the...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Marketing Matters 2010
by Ellen Michel

Marketing Matters 2010 took place in New York City, May 11–13, bringing together 75 co-op marketing and member services attendees, plus presenters and National Cooperative Grocers Association (...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Old Dog, New Tricks
by Kelly Wiseman

There are plenty of unwelcome emotions that accompany us through our days in retail, like stress or maybe even a little anger. But nothing quite starts the day like that twinge of outright fear in...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Take it From Here: Cool Marketing Implements for 2010
by Ellen Michel

These tips, tools, sites and strategies were all shared at this year’s Marketing Matters. NCGA members may log in to the NCGA website for details. Take it from here to help your co-op make more of...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
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*
Understanding Marketing Research
by Debbie Suassuna

In order to improve overall sales performance and compete effectively against other food stores, food co-ops can choose from several types of market research tools. Generally speaking, the results...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by George Huntington

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by Debbie Trocha

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Food Co-op 500 Becomes Food Co-op Initiative
by Staff

On March 25, 2010, the founding partners of Food Co-op 500 announced that the organization will move beyond its pilot phase and become a new nonprofit corporation. Food Co-op Initiative will...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 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...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
NCGA Working to Get Organics Included in WIC Program
by John Fogarty

The Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) has been a focus of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) advocacy efforts for over a year, in an effort to ensure inclusion of organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Steps to Sustainability: It Takes Vision
by Annie Hoy

The founders of Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) in 1972 were guided by the ethics of a budding environmental movement. The impulse to operate a not-for-profit business in ways that honor and nurture...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Marilyn Scholl

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Joel Dahlgren

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Bruce Mayer

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Emerging Eco-Labels
by Lia Spaniolo and Phil Howard

Editor’s note: Several charts on the food industry can be found at Phil Howard’s webpage. The present article is linked under Lia Spaniolo in “Student Publications.” See also his charts on organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Smile, Please, You're in Front of a Customer
by Bruce Palma

About a year ago, our major competitor held a focus group with some of its customers. We learned from several participants—longtime members of our co-op—that many people in the group told the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
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
Self-Help Wanted
by Dave Gutknecht

Spend most earnings now, or invest more in the future—what is the proper balance? We can see, in the current financial mess, some consequences of imbalance. For the sake of immediate benefits, the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Co-ops Support Weaver Street Market
by Mari Roseman

Weaver Street Market is the Southeast’s largest cooperatively owned grocery, with over 14,000 consumer and worker owners. It opened its first location in Carrboro, N.C. in June 1988. The...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010