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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
Jan 24, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

IDC-USA has partnered with fellow cooperative Independent Stationers to provide IDC Owner-Disributors with a comprehensive IDC Member Advantage Program for office supplies.  Members of both cooperatives are independently owned and operated organizations bringing local expertise to the market that can't be found at the "big box" stores. 

During the International Year of the Cooperative,... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperation, cooperatives, coop, partnership
Jan 24, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

We're pleased to announce the 3rd annual Up & Coming Up & Running conference which will take place on Fri-Sat, March 9-10 in Bloomington, Indiana. This year we’ve expanded our workshops and added more topics around operational issues and governance. Learn about Model Start-up Governance Policies, Building a Food Service Program in your... Read more >

Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: food, co-op, start up, food co-op, planning, new
Jan 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

According to the Social Business Australia, Hugh Jackman is a supporter of cooperatives. "I know from first hand experience making the Seeds of Hope documentary for World Vision that co-operatives give people the practical means to change their lives for the better." Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: coop, co-op, international, cooperative
Jan 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. With the theme of "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World", the Year seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives all over the world.   The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/136 encourages everyone to take advantage of the IYC to promote cooperatives and... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: cooperatives, 2012, international
Oct 5, 2011
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Indiana Cooperative Summit is a great platform for interaction with peers and professionals from across the state and beyond… that invaluable, important personal networking. Register today at www.indianasummit.coop! Read more >

Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: Summit
Sep 22, 2011
Annie Watts, Marketing Communications Consultant, Annie Watts Food Marketing Communications LLC

It’s exciting that 2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative. And I’m looking forward to the 2011 Indiana Cooperative Summit… Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Hall of Fame, Summit

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