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Oct 27, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug O’Brien as NCBA CLUSA’s next president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018, replacing Judy Ziewacz who will retire on December 31, 2017. Read full story here.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: NCBA, NCBA CLUSA, Doug O'Brien, Judy Ziewacz, National Cooperative Business Association Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 24, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On September 19, 2017 the Rhode Island General Assembly passed Senator Donna Nesslebush’s Senate Bill 0676 Sub A and Representative Shelby Maldonado’s House Bill H6155, “Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships.” The bill will be signed officially by Governor Raimondo on October 25, 2017 at Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls.​  Heiny Maldonado and Raul Figueroa were in Indianapolis on Friday, 10/20 and shared the story of how they worked to get this bill passed.  Congratulations!

Topics: Success Story Tags: co-ops, cooiperatives, worker co-ops, Rhode Island Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 19, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In recent years, NCBA CLUSA has estimated that there are about 40,000 cooperative businesses within the U.S. Now, new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) has validated that number. The new report, coupled with anticipated federal data from the 2017 Economic Census, will put the U.S. at the forefront in national reporting on the cooperative sector.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperative, economy, US economy Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 18, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A little bit of kindness goes a long way toward.....Building a Better World. Cooperatives around the U.S. demonstrate Principle 7, Concern for Community, as they commit to kindness. Count your kind acts towards the one million!  Learn more and pledge today.  #Coops4kindness

 

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Oct 13, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Mid America Cooperative Council celebrate Co-op Week in Indiana

The Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) and the Mid America Cooperative Council (MACC) are celebrating Cooperative Week, October 15-21, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives Commit” is the theme of this year’s celebration, when cooperatives across the nation engage in efforts to make more people aware of the advantages of the cooperative business model.

As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and communities, rather than generating returns for distant investors.    

Both Deb Trocha, Executive Director of ICDC and Rod Kelsay, Executive Director of MACC agree that “This year’s theme is right on target, because co-ops commit in so many ways to meeting the needs of their members and building stronger communities.”

Consider these ways that co-ops commit:  

Food & electric co-ops “round up” to the next dollar your purchase and then donate that money to a local non-profit chosen by their members.  A crew of 16 Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers participated in a trip to a developing area of Guatemala in April 2017as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to the region.

Cooperatives Commit to Community

The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community. Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through employee involvement in local organizations, through youth development programs, and charitable contributions in their community.

Cooperatives Commit to Jobs

Cooperatives generate jobs that are tied to their communities, which keep profits local and pay local taxes to help support community services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience.

Cooperatives Commit to Principle Values

Nearly all co-ops adhere to the same seven cooperative principles: 1) Voluntary and Open Membership, if you meet the field of membership, you are welcome to join; 2) Democratic Member Control, a one member one vote policy gives every members an equal voice in selecting their representatives; 3) Member Equity Participation, every member must have an equity stake in their cooperative; 4) Autonomy and Independent Businesses, they make their own decisions: 5) Education, Information, and Training, a great emphasis is placed on teaching cooperative knowledge and training; 6) Cooperation among Cooperatives, co-ops believe they can be more effective when they cooperate for mutual benefit; 7) Concern for Community, cooperative members are especially concerned about their local community where their members share with co-op employees.

Every cooperative began because a group of people collectively believed they could accomplish more together than they could separately.  Working for mutual benefit better serves everyone.  Nearly all cooperatives follow these principles even though they are each uniquely different to meet their members unique needs.

Cooperatives Commit to a Better World

Through all of the above ways, cooperatives build a better world.

 

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