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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
Feb 17, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center
Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: food, food co-ops, international year of the coop, 2012, community, communities, organic, farms, chef. sustainable
Feb 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Are you planning a new food co-op in your community or have you recently opened a food co-op?  If so, the 3rd Annual Food Co-op Start-up Conference is for you.  A cooperative effort between the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, Bloomingfoods and the Food Co-op Initiative,  The conference is a great opportunity for anyone interested in growing their food co-op to learn and connect with... Read more >

Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: food, coop, food coop, grocery, start up
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

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