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Sep 18, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Tired of getting nickle and dimed by your bank? Consider joining a Credit Union. Maintenance fees, minimum balance fees, overdraft fees - the list is endless. If your bank is taking a bite out of your budget, consider taking your business to a credit union.

Credit unions offer the same services as banks but they have higher rates of return, lower fees, and are safe and secure. And because they're not for profit, they're all about putting the people first. Credit unions are member-owned and operated and any profit they do make goes right back to their members in the form of better rates and services.

Read more about the benefits of being a credit union member at http://6abc.com/finance/cut-down-on-bank-fees-by-joining-a-credit-union/989430/.

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, bank, fees Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Over 50 percent of the Central American country's gross domestic product is produced either by small family-owned associative enterprises with less than 10 workers or by more advanced cooperatives some of which have several thousand members. Cooperatives operate practically all public transportation systems, most of the dairy industry and other basic food production too. They even play an important role in some export sectors, such as coffee and beef production.

Read more at http://www.telesurtv.net/english/bloggers/Nicaragua-Making-Cooperatives-Central-to-Democratization-20150910-0001.html.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Nicaragua, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 2, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On Sept. 8, community members will pack Oakland City Hall to celebrate the City Council's groundbreaking resolution to support worker cooperatives as a powerful tool for economic development and democratic, empowering workplaces. The resolution will recognize the benefits that worker cooperatives bring to local economies, especially to Oakland, which is a national hub for such enterprises. 

Read more at http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_28735466/guest-commentary-oakland-set-be-leader-workplace-cooperatives.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Oakland, worker cooperative Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 1, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

October celebrations play a key role in promoting cooperatives to co-op members, the public and policy makers. Through a combination of media outreach, member education and interaction with policy makers, co-op month events help raise the visibility of cooperatives as a way of creating democratic workplaces and more vibrant local economies.

What is your co-op doing to celebrate Co-op Month?  Go to http://tinyurl.com/onc9j2o to see how co-ops in Maine are celebrating.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, coop month, Maine Comments: [comment_count]
Aug 27, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to Dominica’s Cooperative Development Division, cooperatives have existed here since the 1920s and today, Dominica has the most dynamic cooperative movement in the OECS. Government has long realized the very significant contribution which cooperatives make to the island’s growth.

Read more about cooperatives on the island of Dominica at http://www.news.gov.dm/index.php/news/2831-cooperatives-contributor-to-poverty-reduction.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperative, Dominica Comments: [comment_count]

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