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Sources & Uses Template

Getting Started with Expansion Planning

By Bill Gessner 180 Sept-Oct 2015 Expansion projects for food co-ops fall somewhere between a labyrinth and a maze. With continuous improvement and development of [...]

The Spirit of Generosity

By Bill Gessner 178 May-June 2015 The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant [...]

Development Timeline for Expansion Projects

This outline of development process will help you keep your project on track without forgetting any important step!

Outline of a Workplan for Assessing Feasibility

Four Cornerstones in Three Stages Part 2

Four Cornerstones in Three Stages: Part 1

When the Working Capital Runs Dry

Organizing your Team

Create Priorities and Build Alignment for Each Stage

Creating a Vision

Hiring and guiding a project manager/GM

When should you think about hiring? What should you look for? How to set up an accountable and empowering relationship? How to decide when hiring [...]

Developing and Managing a Timeline

What are the techniques and action steps you can take to develop, manage and revise a timeline that will guide your efforts? How do you [...]

Capitalizing your co-op

What are the various ways to capitalize your co-op? What factors should you consider? How can you implement a plan to achieve the various sources [...]

Developing a shared vision and building alignment

What will your co-op look like in 10 years? How do you build a shared vision in your leadership group? How do you continue to [...]

Capital Campaign Workbook

UPDATED: March 2016

Planning your member loan campaign

Learning objectives: an overview understanding of what is involved in planning and implementing a member loan program greater understanding of how to organize a member loan [...]

Creating a Development Budget: Sources and Uses

Learning objectives: the process and format for creating initial drafts of a Sources & Uses Development Budget how the Sources & Uses budget can be [...]

Orientation to Development: Four Cornerstones in Three Stages

Learning objectives: the Food Co-op 500 Development Model: Four Cornerstones in Three Stages how the four cornerstones can be developed through the start up process [...]

Creating a development budget

How much money will you need to open your co-op? Where will you get it? These are the questions that we will address in this [...]