Ben Sandel

Ben Sandel

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Ben Sandel

Governance, Startup Strategist

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Providing leadership support to mission-driven organizations
  • Designing and delivering online and in-person training
  • Supporting cooperatives and other organizations through their startup process
  • Business consulting for non-business people


  • Guided and supported co-ops nationwide in raising millions of dollars for new stores, expansions, and startups
  • Designed and facilitated single and multi-day retreats for leadership teams on governance, strategic direction, capital-raising and improving performance
  • Presented on governance, capital, leadership and cooperative development at numerous conferences

Ben was instrumental in the creation, organization, fundraising, and success of our startup food co-op. He has experience with a variety of different co-ops around the country, and brings the best of those to each project.

Steve Cooke, General Manager, Friendly City Food Co-op, Harrisonburg, VA

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