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Upcoming Events

Next Video release:

Friday, December 2, 2017 1 p.m. CST

Special Topic for October/Deember:  The Vision Cornerstone: process for building a vision that resonates in stages 1 and 2.  Four video offerings:

To be released on December 2: Vision Series: Vision Process 4 of 4:  Putting your vision to work 



Tuesday, December 13, 2017 1 p.m. CST


DataBasics: Data Needs for Startup Co-ops

With: Joel Brock and John Purdy

Worker-Owners, the Tech Support Cooperative


In today's world, data rules! There are myriad tools and technologies available to help co-ops manage this data such as their ever-growing rolls of member-owners, capital campaigns, volunteers, etc.  But as with most things in the co-op world, no two co-ops do it quite the same way.  In this webinar we’ll help you uncover some of the more popular and effective tools out there right now and offer some tips on selecting the right one for your needs and employing it to great effect for your organization. 

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Up & Coming food co-op conference

March 10-11, 2017 Milwaukee, WI

Simoly the best co-op event for startups!  New workshops, new "Innovations" track, more case studies! Learm n more at 

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Application for attendance grants coming early January


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.

Capital Campaign Workbook

Capital Campaign Workbook  A guide to raising member capital for retail food co-ops.


Development Flow Chart A graphical guide to the organization process


Just getting started talking about a co-op in your community? View the archived webinar  Let's Start a Food Co-op! What do we do now?

And check out some other Searchable Links  for food co-op development