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Abandoned Member Property Need Not Escheat to the State
by Lottie Cohen

Virtually every state has adopted a law similar to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. 1 This article will outline how cooperatives have been affected by escheat laws and how one...

09 Jan 2004 #027 March - April - 1990
A Year Past Reorganization
by Robynn Shrader

Glancing back at articles in Cooperative Grocer magazine a year ago, I’m struck by how much has changed in just one year since the official reorganization of the former CGA system into the...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
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
A View from the CEO of National Co-op Bank
by Charles Snyder

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I am asked every day my opinion about the economy. Are we going to have another depression? When is the housing market going to turn around?

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
A Victory for Local and Regional Food
by Dave Gutknecht

Updating the story on food safety legislation.

05 Jan 2011 • Endcap Articles
A Trojan Horse in Our Midst
by Laddie Lushin, Esq.

The Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act (which I'll refer to as the ULCAA or the Act) is a "model" statute proposed for adoption in the individual states. It is a governing statute for an...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A Touchstone Event for Startup Co-ops
by Ellen Michel

As hosts of the annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running Food Co-op Conference," participants from Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative (Bloomington, Ind.) are keenly aware of the many...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
A Tool That Works: Revisiting 4 in 3
by Stuart Reid

Food co-ops in the U.S. have a long history of growth and decline. When you look at a graph of their numbers in the 20th Century, it resembles a series of waves. [i]

 

The...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
A Tale of Two Brands
by Katherine Roseth

During the past year, I received many calls and emails from National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) member stores asking how they should integrate the Co-op Advantage brand with their...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
A Tale of Ten Co-ops
by Rosie Weaver

On September 2, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced Seed Grants totaling $100,000 awarded to 10 communities across the U.S. that are organizing co-ops, to be matched in each case with equal...

09 Dec 2013 #169 Nov-Dec 2013
A Suggestion for Co-op Survival
by Joe Holtz

A Suggestion for Co-op Survival

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
A Smoother Road to Deli Margins
by Allen Seidner

Delis with a labor problem aren’t hard to come by. Newer teams guzzle labor dollars while struggling to achieve a learning curve and a critical mass of cooperation. Until your foodservice...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
A Small Co-op Grows Greener
by Kristine Kopperud Jepsen

When a food co-op builds or remodels its own home, the project rivets the attention and scrutiny of its neighborhood. In the case of Oneota Community Food Co-op in rural Decorah, Iowa, the...

23 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
A SLICE of Cooperation
by webster walker

SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere, is an annual conference and organizing project in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The SLICE vision of an expanding cooperative...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
A Recipe for Good Board Meetings
by Michael Healy

Here it comes again: the monthly board meeting. You’ve figured out child care for the fourth Monday of every month, that version of parental Olympics where Mom runs out the door as Dad runs in. A...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Perspective on Cooperative Wages and Values
by Melanie Reid

Co-ops are not typically thought of as “the place to work if you want to earn a lot of money.” However, as values-driven organizations, co-ops have striven to face the challenge of pay...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by James Marshall

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Participative Process of Cooperative Planning
by Sandy Roberts

When Sandy Roberts joined the board of directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery in 1989, she had experience as a strategic planning consultant, and hoped to have Food Front develop a strategic...

12 Jan 2004 #046 May - June - 1993
A Neighborhood Co-op Market
by Elizabeth Ferry

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Anyone could build a new store,” says Tony White, director of operations at the Hanover Co-op in Hanover, N.H. “We wanted to build a new co-op store.” He’s talking...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
A Near Miss at Mississippi Market
by Carolee ColterWhat went wrong? What lessons can other co-ops contemplating expansion learn from Mississippi Market's experience?

By all accounts, Mississippi Market's second store expansion was...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Suzette Snow-Cobb

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Kristin Howard

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Cooperative Challenges
by Michel Lafleur

Mastering strategy is absolutely key for a manager. “One of the most important of a manager’s tasks consists in establishing the organization’s strategy—or in at least overseeing the process by...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
A Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
by Karen Zimbelman NOTE: This article is a summary of a workshop presented at CCMA 2000 called "Building Member Linkage: A Tool for Policy and Action." What follows is first a description of the presentation...
08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
A Guide to the 2007 Farm Bill
by Lisa Hummon and Defenders of Wildlife

The following summary was adapted from “Rural Updates,” the online newsletter of Defenders of Wildlife. They encourage readers to subscribe to “Rural Updates” at: www.familyfarmer.org/sections/...

15 May 2007 #130 May - June - 2007