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Our comprehensive guide for groups starting a retail food co-op, with steps, case studies, templates, and more for every stage from organizing to implementation.
Click to download: The guide to raising member capital for retail food co-ops. Updated March 5, 2017. See the Member Equity Toolbox for planning and starting your ownership recruitment.
The link to find all three webinars and extensive supporting examples and materials from the highest startup capital campaign we have seen.
Click to Download Template: How much will it cost to start your co-op? Where will the money come from? Use this template to develop your budget.
From Urban Greens Food Co-opa three part discussion about why, and how, they decided to do a DPO instead of an Owner Loan Campaign.
Featuring volunteer labor, capital & equity, hiring staff, more. With Thane Joyal & Ben Sandel of CDS Consulting Co-op
This four-part video series provides a deep dive on the Vision Cornerstone of the 4-in-3 development model.
Download this comprehensive guide to using servery to learn about the needs and interest in your community, then check out the survey template you can use for your own survey.
What is a membership/ownership program? How many owners do we need? How do we set our ownership investment level? Learn about the steps needed to start recruiting owners, and how to grow your ownership level. See the Capital Campaign Workbook for owner loan campaigns.
Growing your owner base is critical. Ownership levels help determine when you do studies, a capital campaign, and open your doors. Learn how to set the right goals.
This webinar discusses how to strategize and prioritize your plans to build membership through all three stages of food co-op development.
Webinar that helps boards and teams build structure and accountability.
Download to assist in your 4 in 3 planning. A graphical flowchart for each stage, and an over-sized one for your planning wall.
Dane Meisler of Kapatoes Insurance Services discusses the insurance needs of health food stores and retail food co-ops at all stages—from startup to store opening.
Click to download: Excel Spreadsheet CoCoCOA – Sample Chart of Accounts from CoMetrics
Info you need to evaluate the feasibility of your plans and gather the information you will need to move forward. Does not replace a feasibility study.
If heroes are known by the things they do in pursuit of a noble purpose, then your co-op is definitely a heroic force. Learn frameworks and strategies to super-charge your co-op’s story into a narrative with passion, energy, and a shared sense of purpose within your co-op’s community.
This webinar explains how to right-size your co-op to ensure you serve your community’s needs, create a sustainable income stream, and have a maximum impact on your mission.
From our Branding Time Three series: We have a brand, now how do we use it to grow ownership?
Click to download this handout companion to the video An Insider’s Look at Project Management.
Learn how your co-op can jump start its development with project management. Hear from a project manager who helped her co-op get a successful start, and about the board’s responsibilities as an employer.
In this webinar we look at tools and technologies available to help co-ops manage data: member-owners, capital campaigns, volunteers, and more.
Comprehensive set of board policies designed specifically for startup co-ops. Includes suggested board agreements and policies for each stage of organizing, along with committee charters.
Budget planning begins early in the startup process, and continues through every stage. Get a good start.
Jump start your food co-op financial learning curve with this video presentation.
A sample business plan from Friendly CIty, a successful co-op that opened in 2011.
Board roles shift when staff comes aboard to take on daily tasks an operations. Hear from experts about smooth transitions in broad roles.