New Co-ops Start Here

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NOW AVAILABLE, the new Capital Campaign Workbook!  

Click here to view or download.

Upcoming Events




Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CT

REGISTER NOW - please register again if you were registered for the cancelled webinar.

Learn all about this great new version that can help you understand and plan for member equity, capital building, and more. Join Stuart Reid of FCI and  Ben Sandel from CDSCC, who is also a co-author of the Capital Campaign Workbook.

WEBINAR: Starting a co-op? What do you do now?
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CT
Registration will be open soon. 
Join Mary Stennes Wilbourn, FCI's outreach coordinator, and Kathy Nash of Prairie Food Co-op to learn how to move from kitchen table discusssion towards incorporating, growing membership, and fundraising for your own new retail food co-op.

FCI is pleased to be able to provide grants for startups! The 2016 application window is March 28 through April 17, 2016.

Click HERE for eligibility and application information.
Click HERE to view the archived webinar on 2016 Seed Grants.


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


Link Database

 Searchable Links Everything for food co-op development