Our Team of independent consultants specialize in helping your board and general manager work together to govern and lead your organization.  We each offer individual services upon request, but most of our clients access our services through the award-winning, innovative Cooperative Board Leadership Development Program (known as CBLD and pronounced C-build).

Invest in Governance!

CBLD is an annual program of ongoing board support.  The program includes:

  • 15 hours of ongoing, customized consulting support

  • planning and facilitation of one-day in-person retreat or workshop

  • unlimited participation in “CBL 101” workshops for new directors

  • a variety of resources and connections for the co-op community including the Columinate Library

Our consultants develop and structure their work around  the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance—Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Strategic Leadership and Democracy. Participating in CBLD strengthens your organization.

CBLD Features and Benefits

Full Year


Mid-Year Enrollment


The CBLD program includes regular contact with your primary CBLD Consultant, planning and facilitation of a one-day board retreat, a variety of in-person events, and access to resources via the Columinate Library.

The CBLD fee for 2019 is $7160, paid in quarterly installments in March, June, September and December. In addition, your organization is responsible for costs associated with your retreat and attending in-person events.  Mid-year entry to the program is welcome! Contact us to plan specifics.

In-person Events

Participate in meaningful exchanges at one of our in-person events. The CBL 101 and Applied Governance Topics Workshops are features of the CBLD program and there is no charge for attendance for organization enrolled in the program. (If your organization is not in CBLD, you can still plan to attend!) Join us at a Co-op Cafe to enhance learning and alignment with other cooperators — registering a large group to attend a Co-op Cafe near you!  The Co-op Cafes are sponsored by National Co+op Grocers (NCG), with additional support from National Cooperative Bank (NCB)

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CBLD for Startups

We recognize the special needs of startups.   CBLD for Startups includes everything in CBLD plus five bonus hours to be used during the year. Not far enough along in organizing to be ready for CBLD this year? Contact us for information about our new pilot project for group governance support for the very new and very small.

Support for the Very Small

We encourage inquiries from very small co-ops about how we can tailor a bundle of services to meet your needs.

For further information contact Program Coordinator
Thane Joyal, [email protected]