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Mar 6, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Writer and radio commentator Jim Hightower has an op-ed piece about cooperatives in Truthout.org, a nonprofit independent news and commentary organization. He states "Cooperatives can (and do) provide a deeply democratic, locally controlled, highly productive, efficient percolate up capitalism. Co-ops are wholly in step with the values, character, spirit and history of the American people." ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-ops, cooperatives, op-ed, corporations, values, character, American, democratic
Mar 5, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

After a recent trip to Mondragon, Spain, to witness firsthand the impact of co-ops, Mayor McLaughlin came home determined to foster worker-owned businesses in Richmond. The city hired Terry Baird, a co-op evangelist who in 1997 co-founded the worker-owned Arizmendi Bakery in Oakland. It's since grown into the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, which includes six independently run Bay Area... Read more >

Topics: Technical Assistance Tags: worker, worker co-op, Richmond, California, mayor, grocery
Mar 2, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

NCB has released their 2011 Co-op 100 list.  Not surprising, agriculture co-ops are the largest sector at 48.3% of total revenues followed by grocery at 22.4%; energy and communicaitons at 10.4%; finance at 8.8%; hardware and lumber at 4.3%; healthcare at 3.8%; and other at 2%.

Congratulations! to the four Indiana cooperatives that made the list:  Do It Best Corp (Ft. Wayne, IN);... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: top 100, cooperatives, NCB, agriculture, gorcery, energy, finance, hardware, healthcare, other, revenues
Feb 29, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

CHS, a farmer-owned cooperative, has pledged to match all monetary donations to the Montana Food Bank Network from March 1-16 through their Harvest Fund and Food Drive.  This is an opportunity for Montana residents to double their contributions to the Montana Food Bank Network and to help out those who are in need.  According to an article in the Missoulian, "Food bank statistics show... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: food, coop, hunger, montana, CHS
Feb 29, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to the PRNewswire, "Land O'Lakes International Development has launched the International Dairy Enterprise Alliance (IDEA), a learning network designed to provide dairy cooperatives in developing countries with the information, resources and technology they need to thrive and be competitive in national and regional markets."

"Our goal with IDEA is to provide a mechanism for... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: dairy, land o lakes, cooperative, milk, international, international year of the coop, learning, network
Feb 28, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Co-Op Difference

REI began in 1938 as a group of 23 climbing buddies.Today, they're the nation's largest consumer cooperative, with more than 4 million active members.

Because they answer answer to you—their members—they run their business accordingly. They have stayed true to their roots. Taken the long view. Volunteer to care for the trails, waterways and... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: consumer, cooperative, volunteer, climbing, outdoor, adventure, stewardship
Feb 27, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 2rd, 2012, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The 2012 inductees include: cooperative educator, Dr. Michael Cook; cooperative agri-business leader, William Davisson; consumer cooperative developer, William Gessner; and, cooperative banker, Charles... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Hall of Fame, cooperatives, inductees, leaders, ceremony, National Press Club
Feb 23, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Several credit unions have put the idea of cooperatives helping other cooperatives into direct action by helping finance start-up food cooperatives--reportedly one of the fastest-growing cooperative sectors in the U.S.  The story at http://www.cuna.org/newsnow/12/system022112-5.html highlights how credit unions in Bedford, IN,... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperative, helping, cooperation, credit union, food coop
Feb 22, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

To celebrate the International Year of the Co-op, The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives are sponsoring "My Co-op Rocks" a photo and video contest.  The contest is open from March 1 - April 30 and anyone over the age of 18 is invited... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: contest, coop, cooperative, photo, video, rock, international
Feb 20, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center
Topics: Networking Tags: insurance, cooperative, coop, savings, health plans, small business

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