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WEBINAR: Messaging for Startups

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CT


Who are your stakeholders as a startup? What are your key messages? What vehicles are available to you for communication? These are the three key pieces to effective messaging for any organization, and knowing the answers can transform the effectiveness of your communication. 
In this webinar Jacqueline Hannah, FCI's food co-op development specialist, will help you answer all of these questions to help your startup hone it's communication and be aware of the unintended messages your startup may be putting out there that can be counterproductive for your success. We'll look at examples of core messages and communication plans for startups at all development phases as a launch pad for developing your startups own messaging plan. 




Up & Coming Food Co-op Conference - March 10-12, 2016 - Bloomington, IN
The best event for startup co-ops volunteers, steering committees and boards!  Spekaers, tons of workshops, and lots of opportunity to talk with your peers in person.  REGISTATION IS OPEN, and limited scholarship funds are available. More info and registration at

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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


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