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Building Democracy and Successful Worker Co-ops

Excellent work and analysis on cooperative development continues to be found at community-wealth.org, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.  For people interested in cooperative...

20 Oct 2014 • Endcap Articles
Building Controversy in Bozeman
by Kelly Wiseman

Building Controversy in Bozeman

07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Building Blocks: A=L+C
by Dave Gutknecht

I remember learning balance sheet basics at some of my earliest co-op meetings. "A = L + C" was written for all to see, then explained again and again: Assets = Liabilities + Capital. When we...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building and Improving Membership Programs
by Marilyn Scholl

Members are the lifeblood of a co-op: a truism of cooperatives. Without members, a co-ops wouldn't be a co-op; it would be just another local grocery store. A co-op exists to serve...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building an Advertising Strategy
by Rex Stewart

What is an advertising strategy? Basically, it is the formulation of a message that communicates to the market the benefits or problem solution characteristics of the product or service. Well,...

09 Jan 2004 #007 October - November - 1986
Building Accountability
by Mel Braverman

Who would choose to work for an organization that does not hold the general manager accountable? Would you want to work for an organization that does not hold your co-workers...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Building a Unified System
by Robynn Shrader

Enthusiasm and momentum from the June Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference in Lexington continues, as the members of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) contemplate...

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
Building a Sustainable Food System in the Age of Wal-Mart
by Kevin Edberg

During a conversational lull at a co-op meeting a year ago, a rural electric co-op manager turned to a food co-op manager and asked: “So, Wal-Mart says it’s going to carry a lot more organic food...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
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
Building a Foundation for Co-op Programs
by Robynn ShraderBuilding a Foundation for Co-op Programs
07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Building a Customer Service System
by Marilyn Scholl The key to exceptional services lies in building relationships, and in the quality of relationships, with customers and with employees.

09 Jan 2004 #073 November - December - 1997
Building a Cooperative Virtual Chain
by Robynn Shrader

NCGA: Building a Cooperative Virtual Chain

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Building a Cooperative of Independent Natural Food Retailers
by Staff

Cooperative Grocer: Congratulations on the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) (www.naturalfoodretailers.net) growing to over 100 member retailers. By way of introduction,...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Building a Cooperative Base and Future
by Dave Gutknecht

These may actually be good circumstances for cooperatives. The country has entered a new era, marked by financial decline and much uncertainty, continuing wars, and accelerating environmental...

05 Jan 2010 #145 November - December - 2009
Building a Controlled Label Program
by George Southworth

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by Mark Novak

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Co-op Future
by Jane Livingston

The International Year of Cooperatives is an ideal time to think about the intellectual underpinnings of the cooperative movement. Canadian cooperators offer two key resources for this endeavor....

07 Aug 2012 #161 July - August - 2012
Build the Crew Before You Build the Walls
by Mark Mulcahy

You're in the Expansion Zone when: Every possible inch of sales floor space is filled, and even the ceiling has hanging baskets of product. It is amazing that you can move in your back room, let...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op
by Melanie Reid

Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004. Once the co-op had successfully navigated the initial challenges that every startup faces and began to experience stable finances...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Bringing Low-Income Shoppers into the Co-op
by Clem Nilan

Once upon a time in Burlington, Vt., on the shores of Lake Champlain, the downtown grocery store went belly up. In dismay, city leaders asked for proposals for another store to come in and take...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Bringing Fair Trade Home
by Erbin Crowell

Domestic or international? One of my most lasting memories from my visit with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Georgia last summer was a profound sense of commonality.

29 Dec 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Bread Program Makes the Co-op a Neighborhood Destination
by Tim Bartlett

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Is there anything better than warm, crusty bread? The smell, the texture, the burst of flavor when you break it open and dip it into a little bit of olive oil and a...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Connie Vial Green

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Brattleboro Food Co-op: Coming of Age
by Alex Gyori

In 1988, its thirteenth year, the Brattleboro Food Co-op more than doubled its size, changed its membership structure, remodeled an entire store and changed locations. You could say it was a busy...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989