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Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Chris Quinn

The job of promoting your co-op encompasses everyone involved in the business. Employees, board members and even member/shoppers participate in marketing the co-op. This group is your informal...

09 Jan 2004 #014 December - January - 1988
Putting Your Best Slate Forward
by Mari Hooten Lee

Some co-op leaders consider their organizations fortunate to find enough people just to fill the vacant seats on the board. But warm bodies are never enough. And imagine the stakes when, as at...

09 Jan 2004 #031 November - December - 1990
Questioning At-Will Employment
by Carolee Colter

In the previous edition of this magazine (CG #151, November–December 2010) we read about the progress of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in establishing principles for domestic fair trade....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Questions Remain on Proposed Organic Check-off

The Organic Trade Association and its GRO Organic Core Committee have formally petitioned the USDA for a research and promotion check-off for organic.  Find OTA’s report at https://ota....

14 May 2015 • Endcap Articles
Quincy Co-op: 25 Years, New Home
by Lucinda BerdonQuincy Co-op: 25 Years, New Home
07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
Radio Marketing Can Be Cheap and Powerful
by Kelly Wiseman

The last thing the average co-op manager has time for is figuring out the vagaries of radio. We know virtually nothing about reading Wilhite surveys, drive-time placement, writing...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Scott Beers

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Raising the Stakes?
by Margaret Lund

The ability to raise capital -- to collect a little bit from a lot of people and build something greater than anybody's bit could have built alone -- is one of the great strengths...

09 Jan 2004 #076 May - June - 1998
Ratios Rectified - and a Rebate Request
by Walden Swanson

Alert readers Joe Golton from Ashland Food Co-op and John Foley from Outpost Natural Foods Co-op found mistakes in the Return on Equity and the Return on Assets ratios in the Operations Report...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Reaching Cooperative Solutions
by Dave Gutknecht

The Cooperative Solution, by E.G. Nadeau, is a small book that makes large claims, as indicated in its subtitle: How the United States can tame recessions, reduce inequality, and protect the...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Reaching Out at Moscow Food Co-op
by Carol Spurling

Cooking and wellness classes. Taste fairs. Farm and field days. Store tours for local schoolchildren. All are familiar and important outreach tools for food co-ops.

But just as it’s...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Reaching Producer Agreements
by Travis Lusk

Through good, honest practices, direct communication, and working to build lasting relationships, a local program can thrive in any cooperative grocery store. In the Twin Cities area, there are a...

09 Dec 2013 #169 Nov-Dec 2013
Reaching the College Crowd
by Mari Roseman

Like no other generation, Gen Y gets the green movement. They've grown up with terms such as going green, triple bottom line, sustainable, organic, local. And Gen Y (generally defined as those...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 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. 


17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Reaching Youth at
by Ken Davis

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We live in electronic ether, with the World Wide Web like an infinite canvas. It’s an excellent era for the visual arts. Opportunities and audiences abound....

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Reader Survey Brings Praise…
by Staff

Cooperative Grocer readers responded to our recent online survey and provided interesting profiles and helpful comments. Our ratings were mostly positive, and many suggestions were made for...

02 Jun 2008 #136 may - june - 2008
Ready or Not…Competition is Coming to Town
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you remember those old Western movies where the settlers moving west would have to circle the wagons to better protect themselves from the arrows that seemed to be coming from all directions?...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
Real Work Yields Real Progress at Hanover
by Harrison Drinkwater

It has been three years since United Developmental Services (UDS) approached the Hanover Co-op with a novel idea. UDS is an agency based in Hanover, NH, that works with people with developmental...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
Rebecca Dunn Inducted to Cooperative Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Rebecca Dunn, who was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame on May 8.  Dunn, the executive director of the Cooperative Fund of New England for the past 27 years, was...

17 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Reclaiming the True Meaning of Organic
by Mark Kastel

American agriculture has reached a fork in the road. Mainstream agriculture, veering down one path, has become highly concentrated, capital intensive, and driven by biotechnology. It offers...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Recognizing Crisis, Sharing Opportunies
by Dave Gutknecht

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01 Sep 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Recommended: "Catching Fire"
by Dave Gutknecht

Animal response to fire typically is described as fear and flight. Yet I have noticed many times that the smell of seasoned oak in a wood-burning stove is so savory that it makes my mouth water...

12 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Recovering from Financial Mismanagement
by Jonathan McGoran

Weavers Way Co-op, like many co-ops, has always taken pride in a feeling of community, a culture of trust, and a way of doing things that was a little bit different from everybody else. But it...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Redefining Prosperity, Building Resilience
by Dave Gutknecht

As shown again in this issue, food co-ops operate in the crosscurrents of dynamic local revival and deep national problems: Slow Food and junk food. Slow Money and accelerating debt. Community...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Reducing Turnover and Increasing Job Satisfaction in Food Services
by Robin Hake

The year was 2004, and it wasn’t pretty. According to the results of our “employee climate survey” in Port Townsend, Wash., The Food Co-op’s food services team had one of the lowest levels of job...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007