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Apr 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor touts the benefits of the cooperative business model.  "Co-ops worldwide represent much more than hippie grocery stores: They're a fast-growing way to do business better in fields from finance to agriculture to industry.

"Cooperatives are more widespread than you might think. From banks and credit unions to apartment... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, business, better
Apr 9, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article on mysuburbanlife.com describes how the Lemont, IL,  Public Library is preparing for state funding cuts by joining a new, six-library cooperative that will result in more efficient library services.

The Pinnacle Library Cooperative is an intergovernmental agreement between Lemont Public Library, Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Joliet Public Library... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: funding cuts, library, libraries, Illinois, cooperative
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that “giving something back to the community” is part of their business plan. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process to interact with your government. You will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that you can make a... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: youth, washington, tour, electric, cooperative, students, high schoool, utilities
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The community of Lawrence, KS has long been a supporter of cooperatives.  From nursery schools, to food, to finance, to housing, Lawrence has a co-op to fit these needs.  Learn more about these Kansas co-ops at http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr/02/community-embraces-co-ops/. Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Lawrence, credit union, food, housing, child care, preschool, coops, cooperatives
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In celebration of the United Nation's 2012 "International Year of Cooperatives" and to honor those who volunteer their time, Cabot Creamery Cooperative created Reward Volunteers®, the nation's first mobile app and computer widget that allows volunteers to log hours, post to Facebook and win rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve.  For additional details, read the press release... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: volunteer, Cabot, April, month
Mar 27, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The sixth international principle of cooperatives is “cooperation among cooperatives.” Simply put, it says that co-ops believe in supporting each other.  Imagine the power behind an entire network of co-ops leading with their values and encouraging their members to do the same. 

Principle Six is a pilot initiative that intends to build a food system and economy in alignment with... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: principle, cooperative, cooperation, ower, members, values, food
Mar 26, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Over the years and continuing today, La Montanita reaches out to consumers, educating them on the benefits of buying local with "local product" shelf tags, posters, multimedia video screens and other in-store signage that connects consumers with farmers who grow their food. La Montanita also provides support and services to farming families and value-added producers to help keep their... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op, farmers, local, consumer, education, food, agriculture
Mar 23, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

This article about women forming fish farming cooperatives in Rwanda is another example of how cooperatives are empowering people around the globe both economically and socially.  Read the entire article at http://allafrica.com/stories/201203220170.html. Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: women, fish, fish farming, cooperatives, rwanda, fishing, rabbits, social, economic
Mar 22, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The organizers of the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives invite future cooperative leaders to Quebec City, Canada, October 8-11, 2012.  The Future Leaders Program will bring together 230 young cooperators between the ages of 20 and 35 from 90 different countries.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet with leaders and experts from the international cooperative community, attend... Read more >

Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: youth, young, cooperative, leaders, future, Summit
Mar 20, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Health care costs in southeastern Wisconsin have risen 113 percent over the last nine years.  In an effort to find a solution to skyrocking costs, Milwaukee small business owner Bob Connolly led the effort to develop Comon Ground Healthcare Cooperative.  The cooperative was just awarded a $56.4 million loan from the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services to establish an organization to help... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: health care, cooperatives, premiums, small business, Wisconsin, costs

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