Small & Strong Conference 2015

Published September 25, 2015 by Food Co-op Initiative

Securing Your Food Co-op’s Future A one-day conference on November 7, 2015 Please join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 for Small and Strong: Securing Your Food Co-op’s Future, a one-day networking and training event for staff and board of small and startup food co-ops (<$3M in annual sales) in the Upper Midwest. The conference will feature a variety of sessions led […]

Durham Co-op Market Named 2015 Startup of the Year

Published June 12, 2015 by Food Co-op Initiative

At the 2015 CCMA conference in Boise, Idaho, June 11-13, Food Co-op Initiative was excited to present the award for 2015 Startup of the Year to Durham Co-op Market (DCM). This award is given to a startup that opened in the last twelve months, after showing careful planning, persistence, and and the skill to bring […]

2015 Seed Grant Awards Announced

Published June 5, 2015 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative is excited to announce the award of 12 “Seed Grants” to new retail food co-ops organizing across the United States. “The public interest in food co-ops is at an all-time high,” reports FCI Executive Director Stuart Reid. “By owning and controlling their own cooperative store, communities are able to ensure stable access […]

First Alaskan Co-op Wins 2014 Startup of the Year

Published June 14, 2014 by Food Co-op Initiative

We are delighted to announce that Co-op Market Grocery & Deli in Fairbanks, AK is the winner of this year’s Startup of the Year award. Lauded for its leadership, retail excellence, and commitment to building the local economy, Co-op Market beat out twelve other co-ops that opened storefronts since June of 2013. The Startup the […]

Membership Brochure Template Available

Published January 17, 2014 by Food Co-op Initiative

Presenting a professional image is important when you want to attract member owners. Unless you have a graphic designer on your steering committee, getting a brochure made can be an expensive proposition. We have the solution: Use ours! FCI is now offering a professionally designed brochure, ready to be customized with your logo, colors, photos, […]

$100,000 in Grants – A Tale of Ten Co-ops – 2013

Published September 10, 2013 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative is pleased to announce Seed Grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to ten communities organizing retail food co-ops across the US, to be matched with equal amounts in local investments. These grants combine a $10,000 cash award with in-kind services from FCI’s experts including technical assistance, on-site training, and continued mentoring. The Initiative […]

2013 Seed Grant Applications Now Available

Published June 17, 2013 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative is now accepting applications for grants up to $10,000 for development of new grocery co-ops. The Seed Grant program provides a cash award along with proven resources to help organizations achieve success. Food Co-op Initiative advisers will work closely with awardees throughout their organizing process, including making at least one in-person visit […]

2013 Startup of the Year Award Announced

Published May 23, 2013 by Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative is proud to announce our first Startup Co-op of the Year award. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, strength of community support, and use of the 4 Cornerstone in 3 Stages development model to successfully open a retail food cooperative. Monadnock Food Co-op is a role model for how an organized community […]

Workshops for Startups at CCMA 2013

Published March 29, 2013 by Food Co-op Initiative

A draft schedule of startup-focused workshops to be offered at this year’s Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference has been released. As in past years, Food Co-op Initiative curates this track of workshops to ensure maximum benefit to emerging co-ops. CCMA, to be held June 6-8 in Austin, TX, is the food co-op industry’s premier event. […]

FCI Grants Build Cooperative Economy – 2012 Seed Grants

Published September 10, 2012 by Food Co-op Initiative

Today Food Co-op Initiative announced grants to ten new cooperative grocery stores. An additional four co-ops will receive scholarships for board and organizer training. All fourteen awardees will bring a focus on local economy, community building, and healthy food options to their communities. Food Co-op Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping communities make […]