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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4 p.m. CST


Up and Coming 2017 Pre-Tour

With Deb Trocha


It's almost time for Up and Coming 2017 in Milwaukee, WI and it's expected to be the national food co-op startup conference's biggest year EVER. Not only is Up and Coming in a new host city and expecting it's highest attendance ever, but there are new workshop tracks, new social events, new presenters, and new awards for startups all based on the feedback of past Up and Coming attendees. Join Indiana Cooperative Development Center Executive Director and Up and Coming co-founder, Deb Trocha, for this fun and informative webinar and get the scoop on all you can expect from the 2017 experience!

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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 are due by 1/6/2017.


Top Toolbox Items

***New Jan. 2017***   The FCI Guide to Starting a Food Co-op.  Our comprehensive guide to start a co-op, completely update. This guide replaces the previous book, How to Start a Food Co-op.

Capital Campaign Workbook

Capital Campaign Workbook  A workbook for 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