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Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Bruce Mayer

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Peg Nolan

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Cash Management
by Steve Wolfe

Our vision for this accounting best practices series is to examine fundamental financial tools and best practices for co-ops that promote overall financial health and the ability to improve. In...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Healthy Board Dissent
by Todd Wallace

Our co-op boards are groups elected and charged with a common purpose: fulfilling the legal and moral obligations of their co-op, on behalf of a diverse set of member-owners. Their fiduciary...

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Deeper Cooperative Visions
by Dave Gutknecht

With a boost from the International Year of Cooperatives, the potential of cooperatives in addressing critical social and economic needs is gaining recognition—although perhaps not as...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
New Study Highlights Impact of Food Co-ops
by Staff

A fascinating and detailed look at the impact of food co-ops has just been released by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Available as a pdf, this 21-page report compares co-op...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Domestic Fair Trade Association to Meet Nov. 12–14
by Staff

The Domestic Fair Trade Association (www.dfta.org) annual meeting brings together stakeholders from across the food and agriculture systems. DFTA is leading the movement for a collaborative...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Weaving Again for IYC
by Staff

In honor of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, cooperative organizations in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada have sponsored publication of a new edition of Weavers...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Engaging Members with Members
by Jake Schlachter

Would house parties work for established co-ops to engage their members?” The question surprised me. I was teaching a workshop on Internet organizing for membership recruitment at the...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Carolee Colter

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Jeanie Wells

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
The ABCs of POS
by Michael Copley

What point-of-sale (POS) system does your co-op use, and how well does it work for you?” “Should we be recording cost of product in our POS system?” “How do you create a...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Public History at the Co-op
by Craig Harris

In the summer of 2011, I was contemplating the daunting task of how to gather and recognize what would soon be 30 years of history for Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market in Wilmington, N.C. My...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Cooperation and the Transformation of Society
by Rose Marie Klee

Wheatsville Co-op, established in 1976, has become a mainstay of the local business scene in Austin, Texas. Through our first decades, we were initially focused on survival and on cultivating our...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Working Together for Our Mutual Benefit
by Michelle Schry

Food co-ops are experts at doing things the hard way. We are grassroots organizations—it comes with the territory. People’s Food Co-op (PFC) in La Crosse, Wis., and the Rochester Good...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Deeper Cooperative Visions
by Dave Gutknecht

With a boost from the International Year of Cooperatives, the potential of cooperatives in addressing critical social and economic needs is gaining recognition—although perhaps not as...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Just Damned If We Don’t
by Dave Gutknecht

We have continuing opportunities to cultivate cooperative enterprise. In the present issue are reports on how, and how not, to grow cooperative ownership.

Cooperatives globally have...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Grants Build Co-op Economy
by Rosie Weaver

In September, Food Co-op Initiative announced grants to 10 new startup food co-ops. An additional four co-ops will receive scholarships for board and organizer training. All 14 awardees have...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Farmers Continue to Fight Monsanto’s Threats, Intimidation
by Dave Gutknecht

Along with November 2012 referendums in California and Washington to require labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods, legal action continues against the leading GMO proponent and...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
By the Numbers
by Mandy Catlette

Years after pioneering the natural, organic foods movement and the radical notion of a more sustainable business model, food co-ops remain leaders in the grocery industry in ways that are...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Why (Some) New Co-ops Fail
by Stuart Reid

The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Leslie Dreifus

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Sam Koprak

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
The Growth Roadway
by Art Sherwood

Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders. And this makes sense, since growing our cooperatives’ abilities to deliver on their organizational...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012