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CGIN: Online Community
by Karen Zimbelman

Food co-ops banded together to form the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) in 1997. In the intervening years, their idea of a “low-overhead organization that cranks out products, not...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
CGIN: 10 Years and Changes Ahead
by Karen Zimbelman

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN), which inspires us to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish as we close in on a decade of...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
CGIN's New Web Services
by Karen Zimbelman

27 Dec 2008 #108 September - October - 2003
CGIN Unveils New Website
by Staff

In 1997, a group of retail food cooperative leaders got together to build the framework for an online, member-based resource to support the growth and development of food co-ops nationwide....

11 Feb 2008 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
CGIN News: More Resources Added to
by Karen Zimbelman

Thanks to generous contributions submitted by members of the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN), we've been able to add the following new items to our site in the past couple of...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
CGIN Highlights New Services
by Karen Zimbelman

The Cooperative Grocers Information Network -- CGIN -- held its fifth annual meeting at the June CCMA conference this year. For those of you who were unable to join us, highlights included:

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Cesar Chavez: His Lifelong Links With Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993 the cooperative movement lost one of its great believers. From the moment Cesar became an organizer in his early twenties until the end of his life he was...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
Certified Organic Personal Care Recommended
by Dave Gutknecht

In September, the cause of extending organic certification standards to personal care items—soaps, lotions, and the like—got a significant boost from the Certification, Accreditation, and...

18 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Central Co-op Offers $15+ Starting Wage

In Seattle, Washington, Central Co-op is ahead of the curve in implementing the city's new minimum wage of $15, seven years in advane of the mandated schedule.  This may well be the...

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Celebrating Excellence and New Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

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With gratitude and pride, our cooperative associations regularly recognize leading contributors to our improvement and success. We also have new food co-...

06 Oct 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
CCMA Inspires Directors
by Candace Dow

Building on last year’s theme of co-ops and democracy, CCMA 2005 focused more clearly on what is important about cooperation. “We had three keynote speakers instead of two—Gar Alperovitz, Brett...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
CCMA Highlights Needs and Spirit
by Dave Gutknecht

At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference held in May, the theme was "two-stepping between evolution and extinction" -- highlighting food co-ops' need to...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
CCMA Crowd Enjoys Pittsburgh, Honors Achievements
by Dave Gutknecht

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Under a theme of “By Art and Design: Thriving in Trying Times,” some 350 food cooperative managers, directors, and trainers from across the country gathered...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
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*
CCMA 2007: La Crosse, Wisc.
by Dan Nordley

We came to La Crosse looking for the Red Queen and her fabled race. Our long-shot entry called Co-op was primed and we put $50,000 bucks on her.

We soon discovered it would be a long race...

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Catching the Wave
by Stuart Reid

Ten years ago, something shifted. New food co-ops, most stemming from the 1970s, had been rare since the 1980s recession, and many—probably at least two-thirds—of these new...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Catching the Co-op Wave in San Diego
by Dave Gutknecht

High spirits and stimulating conversations marked the 55th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in San Diego June 16–18. Attendees included over 400 food co-op...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Carving Out Meat Profits
by Robert Duncan

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27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Carrots in the Classroom
by Julie Cross

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Carrots in the Classroom
by Doug Walter

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Capitalization Strategies for New and Existing Co-ops
by Bill Gessner

Where we gonna get the grubstake? The 300 food co-op stores in the United States, owned by more than 400,000 consumers, face the continuing challenge of building capital if they are going to...

28 Mar 2007 #129 march - april - 2007
Capital: Sources and Abuses
by Dave Gutknecht

Discussions here reflect much that has been learned about cooperative capital as well as lessons still to be absorbed by some food co-ops. Gone, for the most part, are formerly common practices in...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Capital Crunch, Capitol Crawl
by Dave Gutknecht

Creative proposals and inspiring stories illustrate ways to advance the cooperative agenda. That agenda is quite diverse in its programs, but co-ops share a common set of values and principles and...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Canadian Co-op Systems Thrive
by George H. Condon

If any of us are to believe many of the grocery industry's best analysts these days, we should be abandoning all hope for small, regional grocery companies and counting instead on the success of...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Canada's Impressive Co-operative Sector
by Dave Gutknecht

Canada’s co-ops certainly are leaders in North American cooperative circles. One-third of all its citizens are members of one of Canada’s credit unions. Canada’s 9,000 co-ops dot the landscape...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles