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Upcoming Events


The Monadnock Food Co-op Case Study - Tuesday October 27 at 1pm CDT
Do startup food co-ops really get open? Yes they do! Monadnock Food Co-op is one such startup that has now had the "doors on the store" for over three years and is having amazing impacts on their community. What decisions during the organizing phase led to a successful outcome? How can the organizing board and staff prepare to make the hand off to their general manager as successful as possible? Come find out! 


Small and Strong: Securing Your Food Co-op's Future - Saturday, November 7, 2015 - Bloomington, MN
A one-day networking and training event for staff and board of small and startup food co-ops (<$3M in annual sales) in the Upper Midwest. The conference will feature a variety of sessions led by industry experts and representatives from co-ops around the region, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities forsmall and rural food co-ops. Attendees will also have a chance for informal conversations with consultants on topics of particular importance to their co-ops. The conference will include a special track for startup food co-ops.
Learn more here, find the Agenda here, and  REGISTER HERE.


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. Watch for more info here and at

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