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 […]

Great Events: FED Talks

Published May 2, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

by Carol Rauschenberger of Shared Harvest 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. Shared […]

Great Events: Promoting Membership

Published May 19, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

by Jeremy Nash of Prairie Food Co-op 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. Prairie […]

Great Emails Made Easy: The Event Thank You Note

Published April 11, 2014 by Food Co-op Initiative

There are an incredible number of email marketing tips available on the web. A quick Google search will yield you reams of analysis on everything from what to say in your subject line to what kind of links to provide. To pare this information down to a manageable size, we will occasionally feature an email […]

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 […]

Startup Interviews: Natural State Food Co-op

Published July 5, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

An interview with Devon Foster. The staff at FCI knows that the path to opening a new retail food co-op is rarely a straight line. But learning that other startups face the same challenges, and how they cope with them, is a great tool for any organizing group. Startup Interviews will highlight various groups all across teh country,. Thanks […]

Great Events: Movie Night

Published April 25, 2014 by Food Co-op Initiative

“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.” ― Audrey Hepburn Hosting a movie night can have many benefits for your startup. Publicising the event will create PR for your project. You can likely raise a small amount of money from admissions and/or sale of concessions. If a social hour is held afterwards, movie night can […]

Love Those Lawn Signs!

Published January 25, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

Lawn signs are a great tool for boosting community awareness that your new co-op is coming to town. FCI encourages you to make these a free item that is given to each new owner/member. As the signs spread throughout your community, the conversation will grow as well. This is one marketing tool  that works well. […]

For California Co-op Startups

Published December 12, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

Save the Date! Join the California Center for Cooperative Development on April 29th and 30th for the 2018 California Co-op Conference. Registration will open in January.Visit the conference site for more information. FCI has presented at this annual event customized for California co-ops for many years. It provides some great local training options for startups […]

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 […]

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 […]

Up & Coming Conference Videos

Published March 11, 2017 by Stuart Reid

Learn more about the Up and Coming Conference: Up & Coming Food Co-op Conference website. For anyone interested in starting a food co-op, the Up and Coming Conference is a wonderful event. You’ll be able to gather essential advice from experienced co-op professionals in a hands-on workshop environment and meet others who are investigating starting a […]

Staff & Board

Published January 26, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

Thanks to our Food Co-op Initiative staff & board members, we’ve been going strong for over thirteen years, starting over 150 food co-ops! Meet our Staff Stuart Reid, Executive Director Stuart began his career in grocery as a carry-out and stock clerk for the Windom, Minnesota Hy-Vee store back in 1972, never believing for a […]

Using FCI’s New Website

Published February 28, 2017 by Food Co-op Initiative

New for March 2017, the Food Co-op Initiative website has been completely revamped and reorganized. The Home page has links that take you to our most-used or most time-sensitive items, as well as the bones of FCI—our resources. Pop-ups? Yes – but just once! When you click on a few selected items for the first time, like The FCI […]