Webinars

Web-Based Training Presentations

Food Co-op Initiative and CDS Consulting Co-op have presented several series of on-line training presentations for new food co-op organizers. Most of these were recorded and can be viewed or downloaded for your use. Handouts and supplementary materials are also available for many of the webinars. 

Overview

A Food Co-op In Your Community

Create Priorities and Build Alignment for each Stage - By: Bill Gessner & Jeanie Wells, CDS Consulting Co-op

Four Cornerstones in Three Stages: Part 1 By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

Four Cornerstones in Three Stages Part 2 By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

River Valley Market: A Startup Case Study By: Rochelle Prunty, General Manager

Why Some New Co-ops Fail By: Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative          

Taxes and Accounting for Startups By: Bruce Mayer, Wegner CPAs

The Wonderful World of Grocery By: Pam Mehnert, Outpost Natural Foods

Your Best Meeting Ever By: Michael Healy and Mark Goehring

Stage I - Organizing

Developing A Budget For A Food Cooperative By: Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

NationBuilder and CRM By: Peter Frank

Marketing for Membership with Suzi Carter

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

Organizing your Team By: Ben Sandel, Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

Building a Member Recruitment Campaign to Scale  - By: Jake Schlachter, Food Co-op Initiative

Creating a Vision - By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op & Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

Co-op Technology Toolkit - By: Jake Schlachter, Food Co-op Initiative

Effective Boards and Teams: Structure and Accountability - By: Ben Sandel and Michael Healy, CDS Consulting Co-op

Effective Boards and Teams II: Teamwork, Process, and Decision-Making - By: Ben Sandel, Michael Healy, Art Sherwood, CDS Consulting Co-op

Developing and managing a timeline - By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

Stage II - Feasibility and Planning

NCGA and the Development Cooperative By: Dave Blackburn & Karen Zimbelman, NCGA

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

Store Size: The Goldilocks Solution - By: Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

Building a Strong Base: Group Process and Leadership By: Ben Sandel & Marilyn Scholl, CDS Consulting Co-op

Shifting Gears to Governance By: Ben Sandel & Marilyn Scholl, CDS Consulting Co-op

Strategic Leadership By: Art Sherwood

Market research - Projecting sales potential and finding the right site - By: Pete Davis, CDS Consulting Co-op 

Choosing a location - By: Debbie Suassuna, CDS Consulting Co-op

Evaluating feasibility and planning for success - By: Mel Braverman, CDS Consulting Co-op

Capitalizing your co-op - By: Tami Bauers & Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

Planning your member loan campaign - By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting Co-op

Preparing for your Capital Campaign - By: Ben Sandel, CDS Consulting Co-op

Members economic participation - By: Marilyn Scholl, CDS Consulting Co-op

Best practices of membership programs - By: Marilyn Scholl, CDS Consulting Co-op

Stage III - Implementation

Marketing and promotion - By: Kelly Smith, NCGA

Preliminary store design - By: PJ Hoffman, CDS Consulting Co-op

Project Management - By: Denise Chevalier, CDS Consulting Co-op

Hiring your first general manger - By: Carolee Colter, CDS Consulting Co-op

Building a Positive Board/General Manager Relationship By: Art Sherwood

Conducting A Member Loan Drive By: Steve Stroup & Rochelle Prunty

Project Management By: Jenn Hileman, Blooming Foods

Post-Opening

When the Working Capital Runs Dry By: Bill Gessner, CDS Consulting

Intro to Food Co-op Finance By: Mel Braverman

Other Presentations

Building a Brand, Designing a Logo By: Ellen Michel & Sarabeth Drybread