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No matter where you are in your startup journey, practicing good governance and evolving it as your co-op’s needs change will help your group work more effectively together, have more...Learn more
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Salon E
A Thursday afternoon pre-session will give an opportunity for co-operators from low-income/low-resourced communities to get to know each other, and (using Open Space Technology) convene a variety of sessions to...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Your co-op’s journey from kitchen-table idea to open store is at its core a story. How successful, or unsuccessful, we are in telling that story at every stage of its...Learn more
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Salon D
In 1970, a lot was happening in our country and in Milwaukee. “Organic” was just a concept, a practice, a way of life for the back to the land folks...Learn more
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Grand Salon
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Grand Salon
This workshop will show how to create a roadmap for opening your cooperative. Bill will explain how to utilize the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages development model for start-up food...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
No matter how many members you have, you can always benefit from more. More members means more shoppers, more people to help finance the co-op and a larger pool of...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
An introduction to the main financial reports that operators use: Balance sheet, Income statement and Cash Flow statement and what these reports may be telling us. We will look at...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
What we did right (and what we could have done better) Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Virginia opened in June of 2011, in a town that didn’t fit many...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Just how does working with a lender work, anyway? Will we need more than one? Who is likely to fund a project like ours? How and when do we approach...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Are you a person of color? Working with white people on co-operative projects can be a challenge, as whites typically don’t have a shared understanding of how racism affects our...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
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Grand Salon
This is Part 2 of a two-part session. We will build on our work from Part 1, but attendance at Part 1, while helpful, is not a requirement for attending...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Jeremy Nash, Ownership Coordinator for Prairie Food Co-op, will be presenting about the do’s and don’t’s of mini and micro owner campaigns designed to jump start and incentivize quick Ownership...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Key Indicators: A look at some of the most important numbers management uses in their operational decision making and how these numbers are impacted on the floor: margin, labor, inventory...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
The Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) is a full service grocery store in a primarily African-American, low-resource community. Until the store opened in October 2016, this area of Northeast Greensboro was...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Seward Community Co-op located in Minneapolis, MN has roughly 16,000 owners with annuals sales of $42 million. In 2015, it opened its second location known as the Friendship Store. Raynardo...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
When should we start talking to lenders? What lenders should we talk to? What information are they going to need? What’s a reasonable interest rate? What is a CDFI lender?...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
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Grand Salon
Description: In this session you’ll hear real world volunteer stories from Jeremy Nash, Ownership Coordinator for Prairie Food Co-op and Katie Novak, Outreach Manager for Green Top Grocery. Topics will...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Knee-jerk reactions! Cowering! Over the top appeasement! Emotional decision making! These are just some of the natural, human reactions to unexpected strife and bad news. As the board of a...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Food co-ops of all sizes are experiencing a new level of competition, coming from all directions – other natural foods retailers, conventional grocery stores, superstores and warehouse clubs, and Amazon...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Pick your favorite theme -- Hurry up & Wait, The Little Co-op That Could, or Rocky -- but no matter how closely you follow the Co-op Development playbook, things happen...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Development costs continue to rise to get a cooperative grocery store up and running. It is increasingly important to think “out of the box” to find additional sources of capital,...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
We will review the basic accounting and tax issues that your startup co-op needs to be aware of. This includes the relationships between co-op principles, accounting software, account structure, reporting,...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
NuWaters Co-op is a small co-op of about 200 members that was started to address food access issues in the historic 3rd Ward community in Houston Texas. It started with...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
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Grand Salon
Brand is how you express and communicate your vision and mission as a startup co-op and a strong one can lift up your efforts! How much so? We decided to...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Policy Governance® can be a great tool, as part of a larger cooperative governance structure, to foster creativity and experimentation. It also ensures accountability and allows co-op leaders to keep...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
We will explore what information should go into a business plan and who should be involved in the process of producing your plan. The plan needs to be a guiding...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Seward Community Co-op located in Minneapolis, MN has roughly 16,000 owners with annuals sales of $42 million. In 2015, it opened its second location known as the Friendship Store. Raynardo...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
Since 1999, U.S. food co-ops have been putting the ideals of “cooperation among co-ops” into practice through their own second-level co-op, National Co+op Grocers. Today, this is a co-op owned...Learn more
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Grand Salon
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Grand Salon
"Financial feasibility" is a central piece of proving the overall feasibility of your startup co-op project and a key responsibility of a startup board in serving the owners of their...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Does your co-op need to raise more money? Is your co-op located in a lower-resourced community? Traditionally more resilient than other businesses during economically challenging times, cooperatives can be a...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
How many owners does it take to open a successful food co-op? The answer is dependent on multiple factors and setting the right ownership goals for your co-op can be...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Seward Community Co-op located in Minneapolis, MN has roughly 16,000 owners with annual sales $42 million . In 2015, it opened its second location known as the Friendship Store. Raynardo...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
We will review the major driving forces behind grocery shopper’s choices, the 5 P’s of merchandising (product, price, placement, promotion and presentation), look at photos of good and poor merchandising...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Why do some new food co-ops exceed expectations and thrive while others struggle to survive and eventually fail? After following over 80 startups in the last 8 years, there are...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
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Gallerie M and Zenden
AMS offers a variety of products, services and grant opportunities that are uniquely positioned to assist with the development of food cooperatives in both rural and urban areas. Attendees will...Learn more
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Grand Salon
Hiring a General Manager is one of the biggest decisions that a board of directors will ever get to make. This workshop will help board members prepare by providing an...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
We incorporated in January, 2014 and held our first Public Meeting March 15, 2014. We sold over 100 Shares the first day. We engaged Keith Wicks of Keith Wicks Associates,...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies, Open/Operations
If you are planning to offer conventional grocery lines (alongside natural and organic) in your co-op, you will need to find suppliers willing to work with independent grocery stores. Learn...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
Negotiating lease terms that meet the needs of your startup co-op is one of the most important things you will do for your co-op's future and how well you do...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Food Co-ops have a long history of supporting small, local and cooperatively owned producers and businesses. In recent years, however, the natural and organic food movement is seeing rapid change,...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Facebook and Snapchat and Twitter, oh my! Some social media platforms are great fits for startup food co-ops, and some fall flat. What’s the latest on which platforms work best?...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
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Grand Salon
Since 1999, U.S. food co-ops have been putting the ideals of “cooperation among co-ops” into practice through their own second-level co-op, National Co+op Grocers. Today, this is a co-op owned...Learn more
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Grand Salon
A strong and authentic local program is one of the best ways for your Co-op to set itself apart from the competition. In this workshop we'll discuss how to find...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Focused and effective leadership is a component of all successful co-op startups. This workshop gets into the nuts and bolts of putting together that winning leadership team. We’ll explore what...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Well, The First Years are the Hardest Years… How the Sugar Beet Co-op went from the seed of an idea to making (a little) profit in 5 years. Peter Nolan,...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Outcomes: Create connections between people interested in achieving racial diversity in food co-ops. Offer opportunities to brainstorm and share ideas to create this change. Audience: Anyone of any race interested...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
Kapatoes Insurance will be presenting on the Insurance life of the Food Cooperative. From start-up to storefront we will discuss the elements of insurance you need to implement to protect...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Ever wondered what it would take to get 45 new members in a single night? What if you could do it twice? That’s what the Oshkosh Food Co-op did with...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Session Location:
Grand Salon
Every year the cost of building a grocery store is going up and up. In the last year we've seen startup proformas needing $1 million or more in owner investment...Learn more
Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
The idea for Green Top Grocery started with five people in a tiny study room of their local library. Fast forward five exciting, terrifying, exhausting, frustrating, exhilarating and rewarding years...Learn more
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Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
When determining how your co-op will carve out its place in the marketplace, it is important to understand with whom you will be sharing the competitive landscape. This workshop focuses...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Boards of Directors are in the unique position of having a sole employee, the General Manager. This workshop is designed to help Board members explore what it means to think...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Rural communities face an on-going challenge in retaining viable grocery stores. In this session, Kevin Edberg will facilitate a discussion about the issue, trying to identify what we think we...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
What makes a good store design, how to organize your team, how to be efficient during the process. How do you know what your store needs and how it should...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Session Location:
Grand Salon
A Capital Campaign can feel daunting and intimidating. If you’ve read or perused the Capital Campaign Tool Kit you may be wondering where do I start? How on earth will...Learn more
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Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Without out a clear vision that resonates deeply with your community, your startup is going nowhere fast. Your vision drives your communication, your ownership growth, and eventually even shapes your...Learn more
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Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Having a deli is one thing, having one that runs profitably is a whole other thing! When your program is small and/or struggling, what are some quick ways to improve...Learn more
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Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
This session will examine ways is which racism creates inequities in in the food system. It will offer suggested steps for individuals involved in food co-ops and other aspects of...Learn more
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Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Innovation
How do you decide which programs - and how big - to put in your store before you have a GM? What are some processes to use that will help...Learn more
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Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Session Location:
Grand Salon
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Grand Salon

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