Startup Support

What Startups can Teach us About Participation

By |2019-09-09T18:36:22-04:00April 4th, 2014|

Suzi Carter, Startup Co-op Consultant Food Co-op Initiative, Harrisonburg, VA   Suzi shares the lessons that she has learned and some fresh perspectives on how startups (and established) co-ops can push their missions forward through active participation.

Featured Video: Bonnie Hudspeth—Engagement from the Grassroots

By |2019-09-09T22:22:37-04:00August 2nd, 2013|

In this 13-minute video Bonnie Hudspeth shares some key strategies in launching the community participation efforts at the startup Monadnock Food Co-op and how those ideas relate to all our co-ops. Hudspeth, a startup champion from the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, N.H., and a staff member at the Neighboring Food Co-op Association thinks long established co-ops and startups both need to continue to [...]

Why (Some) New Co-ops Fail

By |2019-09-10T01:22:55-04:00November 4th, 2012|

By Stuart Reid 163 November-December 2012 The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed bright. Nine months later, the fledgling store was begging members for additional cash infusions. Before its second anniversary, the co-op closed its doors. This story is [...]

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