Up & Coming LOVE

Published February 10, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Michelle Engelman Berns of Long Beach Grocery Co-op in California  A Valentine for Up & Coming food co-op conference  “Up and Coming gave me the first hand glimpse into the heart of a co-op; which is its people.”  My history with co-ops, up to my move to Long Beach 3 years ago, was as an owner/member […]

Talent Cornerstone: Reflections on the Startup Process

Published December 15, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Alan Langrall of Green Top Grocery The four cornerstones are constants in the lifecycle of all co-ops, whether they are startups or stores that have been opened for some time. People often come to the table not knowing what they have to offer, or what is expected of them. Helping volunteers find the fit […]

Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, Q & A

Published November 18, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Philip Trevvett, of Urban Greens Food Co-op in Rhode Island When we published the two-part piece One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, our readers had questions. Philip takes the time to answer them here. Part 1 centered on Planning and Implementing their DPO campaign, and Part 2 on Lessons Learned and Next Steps. Food Co-op […]

5 Essentials for Your Co-op Website

Published November 8, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

You website is the world’s window to your co-op. Whether you are  a new startup with 100 members or an established one with 10,000, giving your site a regular once-over can help build traffic and interest in your startup or store.  You may have an elaborate site, a simple Facebook page, or both. It doesn’t take a major […]

Green Top Grocery Capital Campaign Case Study

Published September 30, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

In 2016 Green Top Grocery (GTG), a startup in Illinois, ran the highest startup capital campaign to date. Through three webinars and extensive examples, they share their success, planning, and hard work for all members of the retail food co-op startup community. These resources, coupled with the Capital Campaign Workbook, are excellent starting points for any […]

Helpful Partners: Engaging Members & Local Producers/Businesses

Published September 27, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By SaraBeth Drybread of Columbus Food Co-op The staff at FCI knows that the task of opening a new retail food co-op requires many partners. The sheer volume of things to do can sometimes overwhelm even the best startup team. We want to share this story of using community partners to build success, and how startups […]

Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, part 2

Published September 14, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Philip Trevvett, of Urban Greens Food Co-op in Rhode Island Read Part 1 of this series HERE, and check out the following Q & A here. Food Co-op Initiative staff understands that a capital campaign can be one of the most stressful yet rewarding activities a startup undertakes. We offer many resources for startups planning a campaign, but in the […]

Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, part 1

Published September 12, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Philip Trevvett, of Urban Greens Food Co-op in Rhode Island Food Co-op Initiative staff understands that a capital campaign can be one of the most stressful yet rewarding activities a startup undertakes. We offer many resources for startups planning a campaign, but in the last few years we have seen increased interest in the direct public offering (DPO) of shares. Our Resource Library is full of great info on running a successful owner-loan […]

Great Events: Hondo Co-op Market’s First Event

Published September 1, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Adrianna Young from Hondo, Texas. The staff at FCI loves hearing about the great events that startup co-ops offer. They build membership, teach people about co-ops, and bring the communities together over food, and local food systems. FCI wants to share some of these with you in our blog stories on Great Events. Hondo […]

5 Reasons Your Domain Should Be .coop from the beginning

Published August 5, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

Thomas Bowen loves startup co-ops. True, he loves all co-ops, but the energy and enthusiasm of startup groups brings a big smile to his face. Thomas is the director of member relations for National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA, and wants to see every new retail food co-op succeed as part of the greater cooperative community. Contact […]