Supporting Food Co-op Success

A central goal of the NFCA is to facilitate collaboration among food co-ops, start-ups and support organizations to reinforce the success of our member co-ops. These presentations explore challenges and opportunities in the marketplace, strategies for business development, and strengthening the Co-operative Identity.

 


Ben Sandel, CDS Consulting Co-op, presented about how to choose, plan, and execute a successful capital campaign for your co-op at Neighboring Food Co-op Association's Fifth Annual Meeting in Greenfield, MA. This presentation includes planning strategy, which vehicle(s) to use, and building your team, and draws on experience learned from dozens of food co-op capital campaigns. This presentation was supported and made possible by Food Co-op Initiative (FCI).

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Dave Blackburn shares the NCGA Development Co-op’s perspective on the challenge of competition in the marketplace, guidance for co-ops considering expansions, and -- along with Michelle Schry (General Manager at People’s Food Co-op of Wisconsin and Minnesota), and Co-op Food Stores General Manager Terry Appleby -- covers examples of various approaches including expansions, additional storefronts, and mergers among existing co-ops and start-ups to achieve scale and increase our impact on the food system and economy.

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Fundraising Triumphs & Keeping Members Engaged for the Long Haul, FCI at NFCA, Sept. 2013

Suzi Carter joined Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) after working to help launch recently opened Friendly City Food Co-op. This presentation covers strategies for fundraising success, and how co-ops can best serve and motivate their members in each stage of co-op development. 

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