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A Sources and Uses budget (S&U) is one of the most important business planning tools that a startup co-op will use. The primary purpose of the S&U is to ensure that co-op organizers know how much money will be needed to open their storefront and where that money will come from. As long as your combined capital from all sources equals (or exceeds!) the expenses you will incur to open the store and provide necessary operating capital, you should be able to get a food co-op open. This guide will walk you through all the pieces that make up the budget and explain their importance.
Our comprehensive guide for groups starting a retail food co-op, with steps, case studies, templates, and more for every stage from organizing to implementation. NOTE: This FREE DOWNLOAD will automatically load to your default download site when you click on it.
Our comprehensive guide for groups starting a retail food co-op, with steps, case studies, templates, and more for every stage from organizing to implementation. PURCHASE A COPY.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened its’ doors to working with startup cooperative businesses. This is exciting news as it makes several of the SBA resources available to co-ops now. There remains an obstacle for cooperatives in meeting the requirement of a loan guarantor. Discussions on that front continue between the SBA and cooperative leaders. Learn more here.
Must read – incorporation, articles and by-laws, membership, equity, liability, patronage, more.
Bylaws establish guidelines for how your organization will run. Learn the best practices for startups co-ops when writing their bylaws.
Webinar features a CPA sharing tax and financial record requirements and best practices for startups and newly opened co-ops.
This webinar explains how to right-size your co-op to ensure you serve your community’s needs, create a sustainable income stream, and have a maximum impact on your mission.
Branding Time Three Series: How do we make sure our brand is expressed in our store design?
The best location and a great store design are critical for food co-ops. Guide covers the time frame from concept design through securing the site. Check out this free download.
Click to download the PDF. An example of the actual planning and implementation process from a successful start-up
From organizing to opening the store–practical insights for all stages.