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Conference Session List 2018

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
Session Location:
Hotel lobby
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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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Your start-up is competing with all types of organizations in the mind of your audience. From the beginning, you need to convey credibility, permanence, and leadership as well as explain...Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Session Location:
Pabst Brewery, The Great Hall, 901 W. Juneau Ave.
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Cooperative lenders are key partners to startup food co-ops. Why? Where most other lenders have never seen a project like a food co-op before and often put off by them,...Learn more
Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Audience: People of color: those who are experiencing racial stress from working in collaboration with white people, or who are curious. Description: Are you a person of color? Working with...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
An 18-Month Post-Opening Odyssey – a realistic look back at the highs and lows, the good and the bad that occurred post opening for East Aurora.Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
To open your cooperative you must first create a roadmap to success. Key to the roadmap is utilizing the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages development model for start-up food co-ops...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
No matter how talented and committed your board and/or staff are, you can't do it all alone. Developing a food co-op takes a village . . . of volunteers, that...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Grocery stores seem to be disappearing from rural America daily. Are they really? What are the trends? Join David Procter, director of K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development, as...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Rural Co-ops
Positive financial performance is necessary for any co-op to sustain itself. The first step in producing needed results is to understand the basics of financial reports and practices. We will...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
This workshop will explain the mysteries of a formal business plan. Learn what it is, why you need it, and where to get the information you need to create it...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
The Durham Co-op Market opened in March, 2015 in an economically and racially diverse part of Durham. They've been a wild success since opening, almost doubling their second-year projections, in...Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Building on our work from Part 1, this session includes an in-depth focus on developing checklists, managing the start-up budget and outlining an approach to assess and address the critical...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
A Capital Campaign can feel daunting and intimidating. If you’ve read or perused the Capital Campaign Tool Kit you may be wondering where to start. How on earth will we...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
At the core of being able to keep and grow independent grocery stores in rural America is distribution - how can co-ops and other independent grocery stores trying to address...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Rural Co-ops
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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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
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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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Session Location:
Grand Salon
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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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
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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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
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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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
This session will highlight the experiences of small consumer-owned grocery co-ops that have formed in North Central Montana over the past five years. The discussion will include the geographic, demographic...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Rural Co-ops
Your mayor called . . . she'd like a presentation next week about the co-op and its potential to impact your community. Oh, and there's a regional foundation that has...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Learn all about it directly from those who have lived it! Three experienced startup GMs from Durham Co-op Market, Green Top Grocery, and East Aurora Food Co-op will share with...Learn more
Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
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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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
The relationship between the Board of Directors and the General Manager is complex. Building a strong relationship based on trust, respect, and open communication is key to your start-up's success...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Sales growth or decline will have one of the most significant impacts on a co-op’s financial performance and internal culture. We will look at the art and science of merchandising...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
We will explore how community investment campaigns can help food coops build their capital stack. This workshop will look at donation-based and investment crowdfunding, member loan campaigns and direct public...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Is your co-op group seeking to be more informed and proactive about racial equity in food co-ops? Has fear and uncertainty about how to begin a respectful conversation stood in...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
While acknowledging the difficulty of simultaneously proving local market demand, financial feasibility, organizational capacity, and site suitability, the presenters will provide a guide for other Boards to use to help...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
What if we told you that using only Social Media Marketing (SMM), Green Top Grocery was able to bring in over 100 new owners in 6 weeks? And for less...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
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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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Startups enter a lease negotiation from a disadvantage. Lease terms that meet the needs of your startup co-op are among the most important issues you can affect for your co-op's...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Conventional grocery stores and natural foods grocery stores, while having more in common with one another every day, are still very different things with different audiences. We have a lot...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Audience: People of color: those who are experiencing racial stress from working in collaboration with white people, or who are curious. Description: Are you a person of color? Working with...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
The Ambler Food Co-op no longer exists and is a big success. Huh? What? Come find out how the Amber Food Co-op of Ambler, PA went from a hard working...Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
(This workshop is intended for Board members): Boards of Directors are in the unique position of having a sole employee, the General Manager. This workshop is designed to help Board...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
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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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Ready, set, CO-OP! The leadership of the Whitewater Grocery Co., a food co-op startup in rural Whitewater, WI, knew they needed to engage their full community to get their co-op...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Rural Co-ops
Session Location:
2nd floor
Lorne Bell, director of outreach & communications for Assabet Village Co-op Market, was the first staff member for this stage-2 startup food co-op. What has Lorne, who has blown away...Learn more
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Session Location:
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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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
Four areas of feasibility are critical to your co-op’s success. Financial Feasibility is central to proving the overall feasibility of your startup co-op project; it’s a key responsibility of a...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
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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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Looking for an overview of how to set your co-op up for ownership growth success? Then this is your session! Learn about what it takes to grow ownership, what tactics...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
Join us for this case study led by Darnell Adams about her work while project manager of the Dorchester Food Co-op in Boston, MA, to grow membership in their co-op...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
Session Location:
Grand Salon
Got a mission statement? A vision statement? Core values? Great! But are you using them constantly in your outreach work as the fuel to turbo-charge your connection to owners and...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
As big retailers are looming, more all the time, it is extremely important that cooperative markets thrive as a barometer telling their communities they will not be swallowed whole by...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
In June of 2016, Cooperative Grocer ran an article by a guy named Stuart Reid entitled “Why Some Co-ops Fail: Six red flags from the past ten years of startups.”...Learn more
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Session Location:
Grand Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Did you know that conventional grocery stores use larger equipment (shelving, refrigeration and displays) than we do in the natural grocery industry? Yeah? But do you know why? The product...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Vision, is yours just a formality or a powerful guiding principle reflective of your community? Getting to the right vision can be challenging for grassroots co-ops. Entering into different phases...Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
There are unique legal benefits and challenges to being a cooperative. From the bylaw process to setting up your owner investment campaign, there are many legal details about being a...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
The principles of cooperation have been powerful tools for economic independence and solidarity in African American communities since the slave trade began in the colonies. Historically and today, how do...Learn more
Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
In this session, we will focus on: The purpose of the Board during the startup development phases including Board roles and responsibilities; The importance of developing a healthy Board culture;...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon E
Workshop Track(s): Board/Organizing
Starting a co-op means connecting with thousands of people and getting them involved as owners and volunteers. That means lots of data about people. And multiple people will need to...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon D
Workshop Track(s): Ownership/Outreach
You had a successful grand opening and it feels like the community is a-buzz about their new co-op. So, how do you keep that buzz rolling after the glow starts...Learn more
Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Open/Operations
The Store Planning & Design process is a lot more complicated than most boards realize. If your store is not laid out properly you risk spending thousands every year in...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon A
Workshop Track(s): Business Development
Understanding the position of the people is central to how the North Flint Food Market (NFFM), a startup food co-op in Flint, MI, has met and exceeded their ownership growth...Learn more
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Session Location:
Salon C
Workshop Track(s): Co-ops and People of Color
In the last 11 years over 70 % of the new food co-ops that opened are still in business. That is a remarkable success rate, but it still means 3...Learn more
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Session Location:
Lobby Salon
Workshop Track(s): Case Studies
Come learn from the pros! In this exciting panel we'll have three market study experts - Debbie Suassuna of CDS Consulting Co-op, Marcia Pfeifer of Dakota Worldwide, and Keith Wicks...Learn more
Session Location:
Salon B
Workshop Track(s): Business Development

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