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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 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 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 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 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 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 Controversy in Bozeman
by Kelly Wiseman

Building Controversy in Bozeman

07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
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 Democratic Culture
by Dave Gutknecht

"How will you headline your report? ‘Too Much Love in the Air’?” one manager asked me. This year’s gathering of food co-op leaders, besides having the largest attendance ever, had lots of positive...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Building Financial Partnerships
by Sophia Raday

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Kerinne McNicholas

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Financial Partnerships
by Annie Donovan

To be successful in today's competitive, global economy, you can't just be good at what you do. You have to be excellent. Natural food cooperatives are keenly aware of this. You...

09 Jan 2004 #078 September - October - 1998
Building Momentum
by Kelly Smith

Building leadership ability at our co-ops is critical to the National Cooperative Grocers Association mission: to provide the vision, leadership, and systems to catapult a virtual chain of food co...

20 Jan 2009 #126 September - October - 2006
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
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Scott Beers

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Margaret Lund

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building the Cooperative Movement
by Aaron Reser

The Principle Six (P6) Cooperative Trade Movement just celebrated its third anniversary on cooperative grocery shelves. Still a new and growing program, P6 has experienced both successes and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Building the Cooperative Software Revolution
by Barth Anderson

Building the Cooperative Software Revolution

07 Jan 2004 #106 May - June - 2003
Building the Future
by David Thompson

The COOP group of retailers in Italy is the largest and fastest growing co-op sector in Europe. For U.S. food co-ops, how COOP, a confederation of consumer co-ops, became the market leader in...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Building the GMO Labeling Campaign

The growing demand for labeling that identifies genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) lost the California referendum but will be on the ballot later this year in the state of Washington. ...

11 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Burlington, N.C., Welcomes Company Shops Market
by Sharon Dent

What started as an exploration of interest in Company Shops Market in August 2007 led to a very quiet soft opening on May 21, 2011, in downtown Burlington, N.C. Folks from other co-ops, our staff...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Business Discounts for Co-op Members
by Tim Bernthal

What's so special about co-op membership? Why should I pay money to shop at a store, and what benefits do I get that I wouldn't get anywhere else? These questions are becoming more and more...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Business Plans: Doing the Groundwork
by Mary MyersThis article Is the second in a series on business planning, based on the how-to manual Business Planning for Cooperatives, by Cooperative Development Services. The first article, "What Good is a...
09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992