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Branding Times Three: A 3-part series

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From your first steps in stage 1 of food co-op development until your co-op reaches stage 3 and opens it's doors, every co-op needs to have a clear identity that they can communicate quickly and effectively through an effective brand. A strong brand will attract more owners and let your community know that your co-op is something to pay attention to. Food Co-op Initiative's own Jacqueline Hannah, and Nicole Klimek, store planning and design specialist with CDS Consulting Co-op, will answer these questions and more. They will share many visuals of what effective branding looks like, drawn from actual examples of startup and mature co-ops. 

Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. CDT:
Branding Stage 2--organizing and building relationshipsread more 

Tuesday, August 18, 1:00 p.m. CDT:
Branding Stage 3--implementation and opening the doors- read more

Top Toolbox Items

How to Start a Food Co-op

How to Start A Food Co-op  A good overview of the entire retail co-op organizing process. Everyone on your steering committee should look at this.


Development Flow Chart A graphical guide to the organization process


Link Database

 Searchable Links Everything for food co-op development