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 via our Slides pages. 

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

What is a Feasibility Study Anyway by Debbie Suassuna of CDS Consulting (aired Oct 21, 2014)

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