Events

Live Webinars 2014

Third Tuesdays at 1 PM Central, Food Co-op Initiative offers webinars on a variety of topics relevant to startups. Expect in-depth information from subject-matter experts and a chance to get your questions answered. 

Tues, Sep 16: Designing Your Co-op Store

What does your co-op design have to say for itself? Nicole Klimek of CDS Consulting Co-op will talk about the importance of appearance, décor, color, signage, and not getting ahead of yourself. Register Now

Tues, Oct 21: What Is a Feasibility Study, Anyway?

What are market and feasibility studies? When should co-ops have them done? Debbie Suassuna of CDS Consulting Co-op will discuss everything you want to know and more. Register Now

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Hiring Your First General Manager

Melanie Reid of CDS Consulting Co-op will offer tools and resources to help guide your General Manager (GM) hiring process and offer tips for helping your co-op find the GM you are looking for. Register Now

Tues, Dec 16: How to Raise Your First $10,000

Ideally, co-ops raise funds for startup costs through member equity. But what about co-ops that have not yet incorporated? This webinar will cover fundraising strategies for early in the organizing process. Join Stuart Reid and Suzi Carter of FCI for ideas and live conversation. Register Now

2014 Webinar Archive

 

February: NCGA and the Development Cooperative Now Online

March: Taxes and Accounting for Startups Now Online

April: Your Best Meeting Ever Now Online

May: Preparing for a Capital Campaign Now Online

June: Membership Building with Events Now Online

July: Stop Rolling the Dice with Membership Growth Now Online

August: Co-op as the Hero: Storytelling for Startup Success Now Online

 

CDS Consulting Co-op Events

CBL101

Cooperative Board Leadership 101 (CBL101) is an in-person, multi-co-op, one-day training designed to provide a strong foundation for directors. While especially helpful for those new to co-op boards, all directors, top-level managers, and board candidates are welcome to participate. 

For more information click here.

Leadership Training

This new in-person, one-day, multi-co-op session is designed to provide board members with training that will help them incorporate the strategic process into the board's work plan, build more effective teams, and develop themselves as board leaders in order to provide strong leadership for co-ops. Board chairs, general managers, and others interested in board leadership are encouraged to attend. 

For more information click here.

Cooperative Cafes

Build common understanding and alignment at individual co-ops and among co-ops. The day is highly interactive with brief presentations and use of The Cooperative Cafe, a format for asking powerful questions for focused conversations. Seminars will concentrate on understanding issues related to growing our co-ops and the impact our co-ops make in their communities.

  • October 18 – Albuquerque, NM

  • October 25 – Mt. Pleasant, MI

  • November 1 – Philadelphia, PA

For more information click here.