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Open Book Management
by Jeanie Wells

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
La Montanita FUND: Capitalizing Growth

For the La Montañita Co-op Trade/Foodshed Initiative to succeed, New Mexico needed either individual or cooperatively networked farmers and ranchers who had reached a mid-size scale of production...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Anti-Depression Friday Helps Customers, Builds the Co-op
by Paul Cultrera

In the autumn of 2008, as the national economy began its nosedive, sales trends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative began to mirror that dive. While in previous months annual sales had...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Replanting the Gardens of Eagan
by Ellen Michel

As the first certified-organic retailer in Minnesota, Wedge Co-op has long been known for its commitment to organic crop production and retail handling systems. Driven by a mission that includes...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Farm to Freezer and Beyond
by Erbin Crowell

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) is a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England, locally owned by over 80,000 people. Together, our member co-ops...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Heritage Point, a Cooperative Urban Farm
by John Bryant

Southwest Virginia has seen a lot of rain in 2013, and Roanoke experienced flash flooding on three separate occasions during July. At this time last year, our co-op was worried about a leaky spot...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Deep in the Heart of Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

The 2013 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 6–8 brought 450 cooperators to Austin, Texas, for training and speakers, friendship and celebration. Many of...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
CGN Wants Your Cognitive Surplus
by Dan Nordley

At the CGN (Cooperative Grocer Network) annual meeting held during the CCMA conference, board and staff lauded the progress the organization had made in the last year. We are looking forward to...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
New Co-ops Are Rocking
by Stuart Reid

Every year at CCMA, we recognize the milestones of co-op anniversaries. Over the last few years, we have been fortunate to also celebrate increasing numbers of “birth announcements.”...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Checking the Alignment: FCI NCGA CGN CDSCC NCB
by Dave Gutknecht

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector. Food co...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Collaborative Strategies for Brand Management
by Ellen Michel

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Missing Links
by Art Sherwood

I am often asked, “Why don’t you teach co-ops in the business schools?” As a true believer in and champion of co-ops, I empathize with this frustration. But knowing in our hearts...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Building on a Legacy of Food Security
by Bonnie Hudspeth

Recently, issues of health and nutrition have gained national prominence, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity and increase...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Building on a Legacy of Food Security
by Micha Josephy

Recently, issues of health and nutrition have gained national prominence, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity and increase...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Servant Leadership and Cooperation
by Joel Kopischke

“SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so, can that person live and be productive in the real world of the present? My...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Growing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Cooperatives have a great thing going—let's share and grow it! But it's never that simple. 

Food co-ops and allies have been paying increasing attention to...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
NCGA Debuts Co+op Kitchen Videos
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one. In the National Cooperative...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
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
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
Bowers Fund Helps Grow Co-ops
by Staff

Thanks to co-ops' support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 -people receive scholarships to the attend CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) each year. 

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03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Dan Gillotte

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Rose Marie Klee

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Sales Tax: Not Simple
by Sage Turner

I joined the French Broad Food Co-op team in 2009. Sales had been plummeting for five consecutive years. We were broke, losing millions in sales to new competitors, having a hard time keeping...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Seven Steps to Re-energize Your Cooperative Culture
by Adam Schwartz

"Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us."

If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013