Let's Start a Food Co-op! What should we do now? - our webinar that aims you at the basic resources for people just considering bringing a food co-op to their community. THen review the What Do I Do First handout.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN WORKBOOK A workbook for raising member capital for retail food co-ops.
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.