Published December 5, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative


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 miss this opportunity to learn, network, and be inspired!

up and coming ad 2017 smINNOVATION is the exciting new track of workshops this year. Topics include co-op culture, building co-ops in urban food deserts, racial justice in food system, including conventional food in co-ops, and more.

CASE STUDIES have been expanded, In nine workshops feature eight different co-ops will share their personal stories of struggles, failures, and successes.

OPEN/OPERATIONS track  will delve into finances, merchandising, controlling labor costs, staying competitive, and managing your deli.

And the BOARD/ORGANIZING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, andOWNERSHIP/OUTREACH tracks will cover the essentials, and look at some new ideas that today’s startups are exploring.

Visit the Up & Coming food co-op conference website for more details, to register, and to learn more about scholarship opportunities that will open after the new year.
See you in Milwaukee!