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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... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, bank, fees
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... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Nicaragua, cooperatives
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 >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Oakland, worker cooperative
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... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, coop month, Maine
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 ... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperative, Dominica
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 ... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperative, Dominica
Aug 24, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

September 1 constitutes the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region. To mark the occasion, ChinAfrica, Beijing Review 's sister publication, dispatched Hou Weili to compose a series of reports on the region and its people. What he found was a thriving cooperative culture.

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Topics: Networking Tags: Tibet, cooperative, agriculture, farmers
Aug 24, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

September 1 constitutes the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region. To mark the occasion, ChinAfrica, Beijing Review 's sister publication, dispatched Hou Weili to compose a series of reports on the region and its people. What he found was a thriving cooperative culture.

Read more at... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Tibet, cooperative, agriculture, farmers
Aug 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In a show of what can be accomplished through collaboration, a consortium of corporate sponsors, credit union members and celebrities worked together with the credit unions to raise $757,837 to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hosptitals. 

Read more about the power of cooperationi at http... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit unions, CMN, cooperation, collaboration
Aug 10, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In a rather science fictional moment, the Expedition 44 crew members on the International Space Station are about to eat the very first space crops.

On Monday, a batch of red romaine lettuce will be harvested from the Veggie plant growth system on the ISS orbiting laboratory. Cosmically delicious.

Read more at ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: space station, ISS orbiting laboratory

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