The quality of the board-general manager relationship is one of the most influential factors for setting the tone within a cooperative. Positive and productive rapport throughout the co-op is engendered through trust and communication with co-op leaders. By establishing and practicing Teaming, (the first of the Four Pillars of Cooperative [...]
From September-October 2014 Let’s say you wanted to bake a cake. Chances are you would make a plan, choose a recipe and buy the necessary ingredients. To make your cake even more spectacular, you might pick out the highest quality ingredients, or go to a cookbook written by a baking [...]
If you could have a “what if” conversation about growth wherein you didn’t have to make an immediate decision, how broad would your thinking go? At the board retreat for the Springfield Food Co-op in Springfield, VT, that’s exactly what they did, and it set in motion a series of [...]
City Market Onion River Co-op Burlington, VT Year founded: 1973 Member investment: $200 equity Number of members: 10,000 Retail square feet: 12,000 Number of employees: 215 The City Market Onion River Co-op in Burlington, Vt. is a thriving downtown food co-op celebrating its 40th anniversary. It’s poised for growth and [...]
Every annual board retreat is usually designed around answering a strategic question or questions related to the co-op’s future. At Co-opportunity Natural Foods in Santa Monica, Calif. the board decided to address growth issues by considering its benefits to the community. Dean Kubani, the co-op’s board president said that the [...]
Andrea Malloy, General Manager Daily Groceries Co-op, Athens, GA Andrea shares the story of Daily Groceries as their tiny storefront has remained a fixture in the community and is on a course for rapid growth. Hear about how they got the support they needed to manage the growth at their [...]
Robynn Shrader, CEO National Cooperative Grocers Assoc., Iowa City, IA The CEO of NCGA explains why she, and the NCGA, view participation at our individual food co-ops as utterly indispensible for the success of the movement.
Chris Dilley, General Manager, Peoples Food Co-op, Kalamazoo, Mich. You won’t want to miss this video of Chris Dilley, general manager of Peoples Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dilley speaks very eloquently about the impact of their co-op’s growth on the community and as well as how growth has begun [...]
Hear directly from the ICA President about the undeniable importance of Participation in building the success of the Cooperative Movement. Dame Green discusses the role of Participation as one of the components of a successful cooperative decade as laid out in the ICA's Blueprint For a Cooperative Decade.
At the Cooperative Café in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2013, participants discussed the question of growth and Sarah Christensen, general manager at GreenTree Cooperative Grocery in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., addressed the group about GreenTree’s approach to growth in the past and how they are addressing it now. The co-op had been [...]