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New Study on Impact of Food Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

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...

06 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
"The Cooperative Turn"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new article, subtitled "Building the right kind of autonomy," provides an excellent overview of what cooperatives can offer a world that is in economic crisis. "The Cooperative Turn," written...

04 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
Credit Unions Seek Senate Support
by Dave Gutknecht

Urge your senators to listen to the credit unions -- the ones with the plan for helping small business and our nation's economic recovery. That’s the message from the CEO of the Credit...

20 Jul 2012 • Endcap Articles
Follow the Farm Bill at sustainableagriculture.net
by Dave Gutknecht

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) continues to provide current and complete information on the Farm Bill as it moves through Congress: www.sustainableagriculture.net. This...

14 Jul 2012 • Endcap Articles
Cooperative Grocer Magazine transferred to CGIN
by Dan Nordley

To the delight of the almost seventy people attending the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network annual meeting at CCMA in Philadelphia in June 2012, it was announced that the National...

20 Jun 2012 • Endcap Articles
Be the Best You Can Be—Quicker
by Nina Johnson

You know the feeling: you walk into your first meeting, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure what to say or do, and everyone but you seems to know what’s going on. That’s...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Neighboring Food Co-ops Focus on Cross-Sector Collaboration
by Erbin Crowell

On a bright, beautiful February day in Putney, Vt., members of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) gathered at the Putney School’s Calder Hall. "It’s always a...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify
by John Eicholz

We were lucky to be invited by Wendy Holm, a Canadian agronomist, to attend a conference on cooperative development in Cuba. In her words, this conference grew out of the nexus between her work...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Cuban Cooperatives Advance, Diversify
by patti waters

We were lucky to be invited by Wendy Holm, a Canadian agronomist, to attend a conference on cooperative development in Cuba. In her words, this conference grew out of the nexus between her work...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Educating and Energizing Startups
by Ellen Michel

The third annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running" food co-op startup conference took place in Bloomington, Ind., on March 8–10, 2012. This year’s gathering attracted 81...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
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
Stronger Together Works in HR, Too
by kari mitchel

When working with Outpost Co-op managers on a particularly sticky employee issue, I often hear, "I’m glad I don’t have your job!" Although I may think the same thing of...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Time Management
by Mel Braverman

"Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Buying Clubs
by Stuart Reid

Try to define "buying club." Is it a food co-op without a storefront? A stepping stone to a future retail store? A group effort to buy food as cheaply as possible? The only viable option...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
The Howard Bowers Fund and CCMA
by Ellen Quinn

The Howard Bowers Fund was established to honor Howard Bowers, who dedicated his life to the consumer co-op movement. In his five-decade career, he worked for food co-ops throughout the Midwest...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Go Co-op! Can We?
by Dave Gutknecht

The International Year of Cooperatives continues to remind us that cooperatives are a global movement of great impact and even greater potential. Some of the examples being highlighted encourage...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Cooperative Ownership Gaining Attention

The flowering of new worker-owned cooperatives and other innovative forms of economic democracy is slowly gaining more attention in various cities and through diverse media channels. One such...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
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
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

08 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Measuring Ends, Telling Our Story
by Michael Healy

Why does the work of measuring the co-op's accomplishments and telling the co-op's story matter?

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Coordinating a Collaborative Commissary Kitchen
by Ellen Michel

It's 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday night in January as I swing behind the old Coca-Cola building near downtown Bloomington, Ind. At the buzz of the intercom, a staff person from the...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by David Waisman

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by Lynn Olson

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Don't Wait—Act Today!
by Jeanne Lakso

Competition in the grocery industry is fierce. With more retailers entering the natural and organic market and more shoppers purchasing natural and organic foods

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Accounting Best Practices: Internal Control
by Bruce Mayer

Summary: Our previous articles were on the balance sheet and the income statement. This article covers internal control. There will be a final article on cash management. Our vision for this...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012