How to Start A Food Co-op
By the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network
Newly Revised in 2010, this is a good overview of the entire retail co-op organizing process. Everyone on your steering committee should look at this.
A Guide to Starting and Growing a Whole Food Grocery
This is a very nice guide to starting a worker-owned retail grocery assembled by the Unicorn Co-op in England. Use with caution since not everything "translates" to U.S. laws and markets.
A Co-op in Your Community (ppt)
A PowerPoint slide presentation that you can use at community meetings or to introduce volunteers to co-ops and their benefits.
A graphical guide to the organizing process, utilizing the Four Cornerstones in Three Stages model
- Development Flowchart, Organizing Stage (pdf, includes links)
- Development Flowchart, Feasibility (pdf, includes links)
- Development Flowchart, Implementation (pdf, includes links)
- Wall-sized complete flowchart (7 feet long! Does not include links)
Just Food: Co-op Development Timeline
An example of the actual planning and implementation process from a recent start-up.