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Feb 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Want to tell the story of your co-op?  Visit www.stories.coop.  In their own words, here's the background on this website:  "Stories.coop is the world's first global, digital campaign to spread the benefits of cooperation through the tradition of story-telling.  Stories connect people through the power of words and the power... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: story, stories, co-op, cooperative, website
Feb 13, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Check out the great video on YouTube created by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives to celebrate 2012 - The International Year of the Co-op:   http://youtu.be/6My7l_4OwWA.  The video tells the story of how farmer cooperatives have helped create jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities across the country. Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: farmers, jobs, create, cooperatives, co-op, international year, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Interested in alternative energy options for your community or subdivision, but think you can't afford to make such an investment?  Look at what the EcoVillage Cohousing Cooperative has been able to accomplish through cooperation.  The EcoVillage Cohousing Cooperative in Ithaca, NY,  has constructed a 50 kilowatt, ground-mounted array. The unit is the second largest in the county and is... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: solar energy, energy, housing, housing co-op, New York, financing, finances
Feb 9, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Around the world, worker co-ops are considered a tool to spur economic development for immigrants.  Si Se Puede! (We Can Do It!) is one such example.  A group of women taking an ESL (English as a Second Language) class expressed an interest in starting their own business.  Now, five years later, the all women cooperative supports its members as well as their first employee. ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: worker co-op, co-op, economic development, immigrant
Feb 7, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

We all love our pets - from cats and dogs to birds, hamsters and turtles.  Americans lavish affection and money on their pets.  But when our pets are sick, injured or hurting, we make a trip to the vet.  There is now a cooperative for independent vet hospitals and clinics.  This new cooperative provides a new way for vets to provide new offerings to their lcients, increase proffits, and... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: vets, veterinarian, veterinary, pets
Feb 3, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to experts,health care costs in this country are spiraling out of control.  One big-picture indicator is that the United States annually spends nearly $8,000 per capita on health care, about double the amount in most developed nations. Health insurance premiums rose 138 percent from 1999 to 2010, and workers’ contributions to their insurance premiums rose even more, by 159 percent.... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: health care, health, doctor, coops, co-op, solution, money
Feb 1, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Australia is celebrating the International Year of the Co-op in a big way.  It has issued a commerative "stamp" which will be available on Feb. 14, and last November, it also issued a commerative $1 gold coin.  Australia is the only country to have both a stamp and a coin to honor the International Year of the Co-op.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/7epx3ed... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: stamps, coins, international, year, co-op, coop, cooperatives, celebrate, Australia
Jan 31, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In an effort to honor their communities and to pay homage to the International Year of the Co-op, Cabot Creamery Cooperative is sponsoring a poetry contest for middle school students in grades 5-8.  Encourage students in your famiies and in your communities to participate.  Who knows...maybe someone you know will have their poem on the Cabot Butter Box.  Visit Cabot's website at... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: poetry, contest, co-op, cooperative, middle school, student
Jan 30, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Ever wonder if your business idea would make a good cooperative?  Take a stroll on your favorite search engine and you'll find a number of amazing cooperative businesses.  Think - beer (www.blackstar.coop), cabs (www.unioncab.coop), home health care (Circle of Care Cooperatives in Wisconsin), on-line food co-op (... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op, coops, cooperatives, business, ideas, idea, beer, food, home health care, health care, printing
Jan 25, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

We're excited to announce the launch of our new website!  We hope you will find our new website easier to navigate and full of information and resources for your cooperative.  Please let us know how we can continue to improve the website so that it's your first choice for co-op information! Read more >

Topics: Technical Assistance Tags: new, website, ICDC

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