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Marketing Matters Draws Largest Audience
by Gretchen Addison

A record 100 attendees representing 66 food co-ops from across the nation convened in Minneapolis, Minn., May 4–5 for the National Cooperative Grocer Association’s (NCGA) annual Marketing Matters...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Finding the Right Site for Your Co-op
by Debbie Suassuna

When you are evaluating a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store’s ability to generate sales. This is the second in a...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Building a Healthy Local Foods Economy with Coopetition
by Ellen Michel

Every so often a question will be put forth among co-ops that, in its simplified version, asks something like this: “Does your co-op support farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 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
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