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Location, Location, Location, part 2

Today’s successful food co-ops are by and large located in more affluent neighborhoods—with shoppers who are typically college-educated and white.  But what if you want [...]

Location, Location, Location

When selecting a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store's opportunity for [...]

Personalities and Performance: Appreciating Differences with Help from Myers-Briggs Assessments

By Joel Kopischke #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 There is no shortage of stressors for people involved in co-ops today. With challenging economic and political conditions added [...]

Strategic Alliances and Consolidations: Exploring cooperation among cooperatives

By Art Sherwood 186 Sept-Oct 2016 New competition. Shrinking margins. Tighter supply. Rising labor costs. Saturated advertising. Poaching of great employees. Competing in the natural- [...]

Video Field Guide: Membership Growth

Ben Sandel is a board leadership consultant and capital campaign expert working with startups and established co-ops helping them to reach their fundraising goals using [...]

Getting on the Train: Social media and co-op boards

By Holly Fearing 185 July-Aug 2016 Picture this: A person stands on the platform of a train station, and as a train passes through the [...]

Planning a Member/Owner Capital Campaign

Capital campaigns can be a very important part of an expansion project - serving as a healthy test of member support.  Will your members be [...]

Ten Meat Margin Killers: Aim for Variety, High Quality, Freshness

By Pete Hodgson 182 January-February 2016 Building your meat department’s reputation for variety, high quality, and freshness is a big part of creating loyal customers. [...]

Membership Growth Strategies for Startups: Common Features of Success

By Ben Sandel 182 January-February 2016 Gaining members quickly and efficiently is a major hurdle for most startup co-ops. A co-op is selling a dream [...]

Staffing for a natural products store expansion

Your new store will have a bigger deli, more parking and a better floor plan. But will it have the staffing to support bigger and [...]

Development Timeline for Expansion Projects

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

Co-op Support Quick Reference Guide

Grow Your Co-op: Know your sources of capital

Business Plan Outline

SYNOPSIS Executive summary. Write this last. Highlight key information from the plan-who you are, what you are going to do, why and how it will [...]

The Growth Roadway

By Art Sherwood 163 November-December 2012 Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders. And this makes sense, since [...]

Harrisonburg’s Friendly New Neighbor

By Ben Sandel 156 September - October - 2011 PDF download of article: pdf of article In March 2006, about 30 people came to a [...]

Capital Campaign Workbook

UPDATED: March 2016