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Common Signs of Financial Distress for Co-ops

By |2022-06-01T18:51:58-04:00May 30th, 2022|

Businesses of all types encounter financial distress through many different factors such as rising supply costs, increased overhead, changing consumer demand, or inadequate capitalization. Here are four warning signs that every co-op board and management team should watch for to ensure that financial risks are recognized early and necessary changes are implemented quickly, allowing your co-op to achieve its goals:

Meet Columinate Consultant Cassia Herron

By |2022-03-31T17:00:53-04:00March 31st, 2022|

Cassia is a dedicated activist, a skilled community development professional, and a proud Kentuckian who brings 20 years of experience to the Columinate network. She is deeply rooted in the Kentucky local food movement, having organized farmer’s markets, established the Louisville Food Policy Council, and co-founded Louisville Association for Community Economics, which is opening the city’s only cooperative grocery store.

Meet Vernon Oakes

By |2022-03-23T13:17:15-04:00March 23rd, 2022|

Columinate is proud to welcome Vernon Oakes as a new consultant. Vernon is a passionate advocate of the cooperative business model and brings a lifetime of diverse experiences to the Columinate network.

Wynston Estis Reflects on her Role as Interim GM at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Market

By |2022-01-27T15:08:03-05:00January 27th, 2022|

Wynston Estes arrived at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Market in April of 2021 during a period of instability. Throughout Wynyston's tenure, she worked with the team at Ocean Beach to improve both daily and long-term operations, including improving long-term financial viability of the store while simultaneously implementing a staff-wide pay rate increase.

Luke Schell Reflects on his Role as Interim GM at Just Food Co-op

By |2022-01-24T08:22:34-05:00January 18th, 2022|

Luke Schell took the helm of the Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minnesota, as the interim general manager (IGM) in the summer of 2021 after the resignation of its previous general manager. Throughout his contract, Luke has made numerous positive changes at the co-op, including improvements to staff morale.

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