East Aurora Co-op Market Named 2017 Startup of the Year

Published June 15, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative is proud to announce that the East Aurora Co-op Market in East Aurora, NY,  is the recipient of our “Startup of the Year” award for 2017. This award recognizes new food co-ops that have done an outstanding job of organizing their communities, building ownership, and following strong, viable business plans. Providing fresh […]

FCI Announces New Urban Initiative

Published June 7, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

Capital Impact Partners and Blooming Prairie Foundation grants will enable FCI to create new research and pilot projects in low-income urban food deserts. Food Co-op Initiative (FCI)  thanks Capital Impact Partners for awarding us their 2017 Innovation grant, to support our new initiative in urban, low-income areas that have become food deserts. The Blooming Prairie […]

2018 Up & Coming food co-op conference

Published May 30, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

It’s official.  Up & Coming 2018 is scheduled for March 16-17 in Milwaukee, WI.  This is THE event for startups—with peers and pros teaching over 50 workshops on all stages of new retail food co-op development. Get it on your calendar now so you don’t miss out. View info on past Up & Coming food […]

CCMA 2017 Conference

Published March 24, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

June 8-10, 2017  in Minneapolis, MN — Our North Star: Cooperate to Differentiate  — The annual CCMA conference brings together General Managers and Board Members from open co-ops all over the U.S. Startups are welcome to attend, but FCI suggests that startups in the IMPLEMENTATION stage will get the most out of this conference. For […]

2017 California Co-op Conference

Published March 6, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

Learn more and register on their website. This conference for startups and existing cooperativez in California will include presentations by FCI’s Stuart Reid.

New Book Available – The FCI Guide to Starting a Food Co-op

Published January 19, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

We are excited that our newest resource, the comprehensive book The FCI Guide to Starting a Food Co-op, is now available for your immediate download and use. This all-new book includes steps, case studies, templates, and much more for all stages of retail food co-op development. It is the starting point for all groups developing a new consumer-owned retail food […]

2017 Up & Coming food co-op conference

Published December 5, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Registration in now open for the 2017 Up & Coming food co-op conference, to be held in Milwaukee, WI on March 10-11, 2017 (with selected pre-conference workshops on March 9.)  Last year we were pleased to have representatives from 64 startup co-ops, and an army of supportive consultants and trainers.  Do not […]

Small & Strong Conference 2016

Published August 4, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 — SAVE THE DATE! Are you a small and open retail food co-op in IA, MI, MN, ND, SD, or WI? Or a new startup co-op in those states? Join us in Bloomington, MN on November 12, 2016! Visit the Small and Strong website to get more information and register for this incredible, […]

4th Annual Illinois Food Co-op Startup Day 7/16/2016

Published June 24, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

Common Ground Food Co-op and the Food Co-op Initiative invite you to the “Building the Startup Knowledge Base”  Hello, Midwest Cooperators! It’s for the 4th annual IL Startup Workshop Day,. Can you believe it? We’ll be gathering again at Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, IL on Saturday, July 16th, 2016.  We hope to see […]

Renaissance Community Co-op Named 2016 Startup of the Year

Published June 22, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

The crowd gathered at the CCMA conference in early June gave a standing ovation to the Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) board, staff, and consultants as they accepted the 2016 Startup Award of the Year from Stuart Reid of Food Co-op Initiative.  “This startup has captured our food co-op community’s attention and imagination in unique ways over the […]