Bill Gessner

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Bill Gessner
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CDS Consulting Co-op

Bill Gessner is a consultant with over 20 years of experience assisting over 150 retail and wholesale cooperatives with a primary focus on planning and expansion/relocation projects.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

Expansion projects for food co-ops fall somewhere between a labyrinth and a maze.

180 Sept-Oct 2015 November 13, 2015

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

More than half of our food co-ops have engaged in planning and implementing an expansion project during the past three years.

120 September - October - 2005 January 21, 2009

Every expansion is unique in some respect, but the universal truth is that building a larger facility includes taking on a bigger role in the community.

121 November - December - 2005 January 21, 2009

Food co-ops expanding from one to two stores must navigate a challenging and perilous course.

134 Jan - Feb - 2008 January 19, 2009

Where we gonna get the grubstake?

129 march - april - 2007 March 28, 2007

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring.

111 March - April - 2004 March 16, 2004

Losing Market Share?

033 March - April - 1991 January 9, 2004

Cooperatives undertaking special projects such as a move or major expansion should distinguish between "operations" and "project." I will make such a distinction, present a view of project manageme

046 May - June - 1993 January 9, 2004

Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, in theory and in action.

063 March - April - 1996 January 9, 2004

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action.

083 July - August - 1999 January 8, 2004

Cooperatives need to pursue debt capital from members through the creation of member loan programs and member loan drives.

086 January - February - 2000 January 8, 2004

You have successfully navigated the stormy waters of a relocation/expansion project.

099 March - April - 2002 January 7, 2004