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Buying Club Resources

Comprehensive information on starting a cooperative buying club.

Business Planning

Friendly City Food Co-op Business Plan
A sample business plan from a successful co-op 


Co-op Conversion Case Study
What happens when the community purchases an existing grocery store and turns it into a cooperatively owned business? What challenges are encountered, and how can this kind of project best be accomplished?

Additional conversion resources


Feasibility FAQ and Checklists
What you need to know to evaluate the feasibility of your plans and gather the information you will need to move forward.

Survey User's Manual
Food Co-op Interest Survey (doc)
We have assembled a comprehensive guide to community and member surveys and a full survey template that you can adapt or use for inspiration.

Stage 1 Self Assessment
This tool allows boards/steering committees to evaluate their progress and readiness to move from Stage 1: Organizing into Stage 2: Feasibility and Planning. 

Additional feasibility resources


Job descriptions and recommended reading before hiring. 

GM Job Summary for Policy Governance (doc)
Construction Project Manager Job description (doc)

Additional hiring resources


Legal Primer
An overview of incorporation, articles and by-laws, membership and patronage and much more.

Legal Issues in Stage 1  By: Thane Joyal & Ben Sandel, CDS Consulting Co-op

Legal Issues in Stage II By: Thane Joyal & Ben Sandel, CDS Consulting Co-op

Why Co-op?

Videos and other resources to help educate your community about the value of cooperatives.