This is our library of reference material, training documents, web links and other resources for everyone who is interested in retail food co-ops, but especially for those of you working to start new ones. These pages represent a collective effort to compile the best, most current information that is available. Please use, share, and enjoy this content. In exchange, we ask for your feedback, corrections, updates and suggestions for additional material.
Here is what you will find in each section:
Development Flowchart: This is a step-by-step timeline describing the complete retail co-op organizing process. Each task is highlighted with links to available resources and assistance.
Web Links: A searchable database of organizations, articles and resources provided by other co-op supporters.
Toolbox: The treasure chest of co-op knowledge! So much information that we broke it down into these sections:
- How-to Docs: Training manuals, overviews and tools.
- Webinars: Recorded training presentations.
- Templates: Documents you can modify and adapt for your own use.
- Governance: Resources for boards of directors.
- Presentations: Slide shows and outlines for meeting presentations you can use.
Loans & Grants: Information and links for our Seed and Sprout programs and other options you may wish to consider.
Funding Sources: Find tips on fundraising programs that have worked for other co-ops and offers from organizations that can provide fundraising materials.