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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 cooperative that are essential to know. When will you need cooperative legal help and at what stages? Cooperative... Learn more
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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 overview of the priorities and responsibilities during the GM search and hiring process. Melanie will discuss how to determine GM... Learn more
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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 them identify their strengths and weaknesses, take action based on their... Learn more
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(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 members explore what it means to be a great boss. Topics will include: building a shared sense of purpose and shared... Learn more
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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 startup food co-op, there’s a good chance that you won’t get all the way to doors open without some surprises... Learn more
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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 issues with which your co-op is dealing. Don Moffitt of CDS Consulting Co-op leads this session which... Learn more
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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. Don Moffitt of CDS Consulting Co-op will discuss timelines, feasibility, budgets, organizing process, and project... Learn more
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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 fun, and help you make better decisions. Being good at governance will also position you to be a better employer... Learn more
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