Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, part 2

Published September 14, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Philip Trevvett, of Urban Greens Food Co-op in Rhode Island Read Part 1 of this series HERE, and check out the following Q & A here. Food Co-op Initiative staff understands that a capital campaign can be one of the most stressful yet rewarding activities a startup undertakes. We offer many resources for startups planning a campaign, but in the […]

Capital Campaigns: One Co-op Opts for Direct Public Offering, part 1

Published September 12, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Philip Trevvett, of Urban Greens Food Co-op in Rhode Island Food Co-op Initiative staff understands that a capital campaign can be one of the most stressful yet rewarding activities a startup undertakes. We offer many resources for startups planning a campaign, but in the last few years we have seen increased interest in the direct public offering (DPO) of shares. Our Resource Library is full of great info on running a successful owner-loan […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Your Domain Should Be .coop from the beginning

Published August 5, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

Thomas Bowen loved startup co-ops. True, he loved all co-ops, but the energy and enthusiasm of startup groups brought a big smile to his face.  Thomas was the director of member relations for National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA, and wanted to see every new retail food co-op succeed as part of the greater cooperative community. Thomas’s role working with membership has […]

Growing Pains: What’s in a Name?

Published July 15, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

“No, no . . . it’s going to be a store!“ By Siobain Mitchell of (the newly re-named) Assabet Village Co-op Market The staff at FCI knows that the path to opening a new retail food co-op is rarely a straight line. The potholes and unexpected turns can really shake up even the best startup team. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growing Pains: The GM Transition

Published June 11, 2016 by Food Co-op Initiative

By Heather Avella of Manchester Food Co-op The staff at FCI knows that the path to opening a new retail food co-op is rarely a straight line. The potholes and unexpected turns can really shake up even the best startup team. We love to share stories of these Growing Pains, and how startups have overcome […]

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 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 […]