September 22, 2011
Annie Watts, Marketing Communications Consultant, Annie Watts Food Marketing Communications LLC

It’s exciting that 2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative. And I’m looking forward to the 2011 Indiana Cooperative Summit… where so many of the presenters will be sharing how their co-ops are preparing to celebrate and recognize this special year. And, I’m eager to learn who will be inducted into the Indiana Cooperative Hall of Fame.

Know someone who should be considered? Check out the nomination information on the ICDC website and submit by September 23.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Hall of Fame, Summit Comments: [comment_count]
September 15, 2011

Kay Neidlinger, VP Communications, Indiana Credit Union League

The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of the Cooperative, but you don’t have to travel the world to see how successful the cooperative business model can be. In Indianapolis on October 28, leaders from a variety of cooperatives will gather for the fifth annual Indiana Cooperative Summit.

Featured speakers will represent several kinds of cooperatives including those devoted to finance, food, housing, and utilities – just to name a few. Each one represents a way of doing business that is contemporary, relevant and focused on human need not human greed. The hallmark of a cooperative is the members who are the owners of the business and who collectively govern it and share in the success.

Join other leaders of these successful business models to learn more about how cooperation between cooperatives can be beneficial to you, your business and your community. This opportunity to build and strengthen member-owned business connections is worth far more than the $50 registration fee.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: IYC, United Nations Comments: [comment_count]
September 8, 2011

Kelly Smith Director of Marketing and Communication National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)

The International Year of Cooperatives (2012) is a fantastic opportunity for cooperatives around the world to raise consumer awareness of their individual co-ops, the cooperative business model, and the important role that co-ops play in serving local and global communities.

I’m excited to attend the conference and share NCGA’s plans for helping our celebrate IYC with our members and their owners and shoppers.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: IYC Comments: [comment_count]
September 6, 2011

Shopping at farmers markets is one of the best ways to support farms, farmers and local economies.

American Farmland Trust holds a annual America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest to raise national awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms and saving the farmland where it’s grown. Market shoppers had the opportunity to vote for their “favorite” market through Aug. 31, 2011. Now the results are in and details are available.

Congratulations! to the top five markets in Indiana (in order):

  • Purple Porch Cooperative
  • Orange County HomeGrown Orleans
  • Granger Farmers Market
  • Bloomington Community Farmers Market
  • Downtown Terre Haute Farmers Market
Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: Farmers Markets Comments: [comment_count]
September 2, 2011

Want to recognize your favorite cooperator for their efforts in your cooperative and/or community? Take a few minutes to complete one of the nomination forms at for Cooperator Hero and/or Cooperative Community Service Award. Deadline is Sept. 23.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: Summit Comments: [comment_count]