Helpful Partners: Donated Marketing Rocks!

Published June 20, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Dennis Rosenblum of Bay City Cooperative   The staff at FCI knows that the path to opening a new retail food co-op is rarely a straight line. The sheer volume of things to do can sometimes overwhelm even the best startup team. We want to share this story of using community business partners to build success, and how […]

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 […]

Ownership Growth: A Numbers Game

Published February 14, 2018 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Katie Novak Katie Novak served as Outreach Manager and Owner Loan Campaign Manager for Green Top Grocery in Bloomington, IL during their startup years. She was integral in bringing the Green Top Grocery Case Study on owner loan campaigns to the FCI website.  Before there was a loan campaign, there was the ownership drive, […]

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 […]