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Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Scott BeersCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Margaret LundCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Surveying Members on Membership
by John Corbett

Increasing numbers of co-ops conduct an annual survey of members or of shoppers in the store. Often these surveys are directed at evaluating the core business operation: How far do...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Meeting Preparation:
by Karen Zimbelman

Do your board meetings have any of these features?

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Social Capital and Membership
by Dave Gutknecht

Social capital, as distinct from private capital, is a philosophical foundation of cooperatives and a kind of ultimate realization of our efforts. Social capital is what is owned...

20 Mar 2005 #068 January - February - 1997
Dealing With Risk
by Scott BeersLike the 2,000 pound gorilla at a small party, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, risk is always present, just standing there at the pretzel bowl waiting for you to turn around....
09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Dealing With Risk
by Margaret LundLike the 2,000 pound gorilla at a small party, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, risk is always present, just standing there at the pretzel bowl waiting for you to turn around....
09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by Deb Maynard

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by John Hatton

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Linking Buying Clubs and Retails for Co-op Development
by George Southworth

 

09 Jan 2004 #068 January - February - 1997
Winning Customer Service
by Steve Rosen

Webster's Dictionary defines the word extinct as follows:

Having died down; extinguished.No longer in existence.

We all know about things that are extinct:...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Mission or Missin' Statement
by Dave Gutknecht

My previous column discussed our need to recognize a cooperative as something larger and more enduring than our individual stake in it, greater also than the sum of present members...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Scott Beers

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Translating Operations into Financial Statements
by Margaret Lund

Good systems show themselves by not showing themselves at all. In a well run store, product, people, and purchases flow in and out in a seemingly effortless ebb and flow. Only from...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Pay for Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Are any of these scenarios familiar to you?

The co-op has just hired a new general manager with the experience and skills needed to help the co-op realize its...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
Salaried or Hourly?
by Carolee Colter

Rather than "salaried or hourly," the question actually should be, "Exempt or non-exempt? The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees subject to it (i.e., non-exempt...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
More on Mission and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

Readers have responded positively to recent editorials on social capital. In this column I will review our co-op mission, the treatment of capital, and other co-op practices.

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09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
CCMA Highlights Needs and Spirit
by Dave Gutknecht

At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference held in May, the theme was "two-stepping between evolution and extinction" -- highlighting food co-ops' need to...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
25 Years: Continuing Contributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This year's co-op conference gave an unusual "milestone" award by recognizing a generation of food co-ops: ones that have recently reached age twenty-five. In those years, what has...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Food Co-ops Can benefit From National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
by Karen Frost

Two years ago, I attended my first Consumer Cooperative Management Association in Sacramento. The event was educational and eye-opening. But when I started looking to network with...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Knowing Your Customers:
by Paul Cultrera "About 41% of retailers have, or are in the process of developing, databases that will enable them to track consumer purchases, as well as behavioral and demographic data." Progressive Grocer,...
09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Can We Help Build Inner City Co-ops?
by Ellen Sturgis

As a staff and a member of consumer co-ops for nearly twenty years, and as a community development lender for the past three, I have observed a need and desire in the consumer co-...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
"Operating at Cost" -- or Democratic Control?
by Dave Gutknecht

Take note of the recently announced campaign by the National Cooperative Business Association, promoting co-ops as "not for profit" and "operating at cost." In the Cooperative...

20 Mar 2005 #072 September - October - 1997
Review: Making Membership Meaningful
by Karen Zimbelman

In 1995, an international consortium of co-op academics and practitioners collaborated on a book called Making Membership Meaningful: Participatory Democracy in Co-operatives....

09 Jan 2004 #072 September - October - 1997
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