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May 21, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that exist to serve their members, not to make a profit. Unlike most other financial institutions, credit unions do not issue stock or pay dividends to outside stockholders. Instead, earnings are returned to our members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits, and lower fees.

Credit unions are economic... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, financial institution, earnings, cooperative
May 18, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cooperatives are businesses that allow their members to accomplish more together than they could individually.  A recent article in the Minnesota Farm Guide discusses the success of farmers cooperatives in Minnesota. According to the article "Four types of cooperatives – marketing, bargaining, farm supply and credit – have allowed farmers and their neighbors... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: farmers, cooperatives, value, agriculture
May 17, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Given Iran's history, who would have dreamed that cooperatives could flourish in this country.

Pishgaman Kavir Yazd is Iran’s biggest IT cooperative, founded in 1996 in the central province of Yazd. The company soon expanded its activities and geographic reach, and is now one of the leaders in Iran’s IT and ICT industry, providing internet and communication connections to all of the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: Iran, cooperatives, IT
May 16, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

PSA Security Network® is the world's largest electronic security cooperative representing security system integrators.  At the 2012 PSA-TEC, Speaker Evan Hackel, president of Ingage Consulting, focused on the concept of co-ops, and how PSA Security Network members can leverage theirs to their advantage and their customers and vendor...  Hacket further told participants: “I believe a co-op can... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, security, security network, co-op
May 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

I tell anyone who will listen that any business idea can be structured as a cooperative.  Ethics Girls Cooperative, a fashion design cooperative, proves my point. Ethics Girls is an online ethical fashion retailer which promotes and sells beautiful fashion and lifestyle products. All products have been made to the highest standards in terms of design and quality but also, and most importantly... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: fasion, cooperative, clothing, wardrobe, female, entrepreneur
May 11, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

As the baby boomers age, the need for housing will continue to rise.  When boomers no longer want to live in their homes or maybe they are no longer able to keep with the maintenance and yard work, what are their options?  One option is senior housing cooperatives.  Residents of senior housing cooperatives are enthusiastic about the friendliness of other residents and say it's like one big... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: housing, seniors, midwest, cooperatives
May 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On May 4th, for the first time in US history, the White House held a national briefing for the widest range ever of US co-op leaders. The trigger for this historical event was the United Nations declaring 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC).

With every seat filled in the auditorium at the White House the US cooperative community represented what Chuck Snyder, CEO of NCB... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: white house, cooperatives, electric, cooperators, chief of staff, food, housing
May 9, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On May 2, in ceremonies at the National Press Club sponsored by the Cooperative Development Foundation, four outstanding cooperators were honored for their exceptional leadership and contributions to cooperatives. This year’s four inductees are:  *Michael Cook, Professor of Cooperative Leadership and Executive Director of The Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership at the University of... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperators, cooperatives, Hall of Fame, outstanding
May 8, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article on syracuse.com quotes Chuck Conner, chief executive officer of the National  Council of Farmer Cooperatives calling farm cooperatives “the voice of the small producer.”

"Consumers today want to know how the producers make the product, where they make it and is the farm sustainable,” Conner said, noting cooperatives help farmers tell their stories to those buying their... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, farmers, dairy, producer
May 7, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Indiana had two representatives - Debbie Trocha, Executive Director of the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and Rod Kelsay, Executive Dirctor of the Mid America Cooperative Council - among the 150 cooperative leaders from all sectors of the economy and corners of the nation who met with top policymakers at the White House on May 4 to discuss how their organizations spur ecnomic recovery... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: white house, jobs, economy, cooperatives, coops, leaders

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