Upcoming Conference—Small and Strong: Securing Your Food Co-Op's Future

Please join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 for Small and Strong: Securing Your Food Co-op’s Future, a one-day networking and training event for staff and board members of small and startup food co-ops (<$3M in annual sales) in the Upper Midwest.

The conference will feature a variety of sessions led by industry experts and representatives from co-ops around the region, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities for small and rural food co-ops. Attendees will also have a chance for informal conversations with consultants on topics of particular importance to their co-ops. The conference will include a special track for startup food co-ops. See below for details on workshops and registration info.

This conference is being presented by the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with Cooperative Development Services (CDS), Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund (NCDF), the Land Stewardship Project (LSP), Food Co-op Initiative and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with additional sponsorship from CDS Consulting Co-op.

Please share this information with interested staff and board members at your co-op.  We encourage every co-op to bring multiple attendees to the conference.

If you’re interest in a scholarship to cover the cost of registration, contact Tom Guettler.
If you’re interested in a scholarship to cover costs of travel and lodging, check the Ralph K. Morris Foundation.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to call or email us. We look forward to seeing you on November 7!


WHAT........... A one-day conference with separate tracks for Existing Stores and Startups

WHEN........... 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, November 7, 2015


WHERE......... Kopp Student Center, Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington, Minnesota

COST............. $20 per person. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the fee.

REGISTER.... Click this link for a downloadable conference agenda. 

Click this link to register for the conference.