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 Mary Stennes Wilbourn

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 […]

FCI’s NEW Capital Campaign Workbook is available

Published March 17, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

The long-awaited new Capital Campaign Workbook: A Guide to Raising Member Capital for Retail Food Co-ops is now available to view or download – just CLICK HERE! Or visit our Resource Library! You will find updated info on membership and member equity, raising capital, cases studies, and more. Check it out soon. Learn more about it at […]

2016 Up & Coming Food Co-op Conference

Published January 6, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

March 10-12,  2016  Bloomington, IN Register Now (closed) for the best event for all startups – the Up & Coming Food Co-op Conference!  Bring several members of you steering committee or board to take advantage of all the great workshops available. Learn from the same experts who will be helping you as you reach each stage of […]

Small & Strong Conference 2015

Published September 25, 2015 by Food Co-op Initiative

Securing Your Food Co-op’s Future A one-day conference on November 7, 2015 Please join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 for Small and Strong: Securing Your Food Co-op’s Future, a one-day networking and training event for staff and board of small and startup food co-ops (<$3M in annual sales) in the Upper Midwest. The conference will feature a variety of sessions led […]

Durham Co-op Market Named 2015 Startup of the Year

Published June 12, 2015 by Food Co-op Initiative

At the 2015 CCMA conference in Boise, Idaho, June 11-13, Food Co-op Initiative was excited to present the award for 2015 Startup of the Year to Durham Co-op Market (DCM). This award is given to a startup that opened in the last twelve months, after showing careful planning, persistence, and and the skill to bring […]