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 […]

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. […]