Ellen Michel

Cooperative Grocer Network

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

Worker-owned businesses such as co-ops and ESOPs are on the rise, in part because they address issues such as income disparity.

May 17, 2016

It’s that second cooperative principle: Democratic Member Control. 

183 Mar-Apr 2016 March 28, 2016

It’s that second cooperative principle: Democratic Member Control. 

183 Mar-Apr 2016 March 10, 2016

I’m writing this after a shopping trip to my hometown co-op, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, where I worked for a dozen years as marketing and outreach manager.

182 January-February 2016 February 5, 2016

Food co-ops are hardly the only ones experiencing greater competitive pressures.

Endcap Articles December 7, 2015

I’m pleased to say that the new Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) platform is up and running at www.grocer.coop.

181 Nov-Dec 2015 December 2, 2015

As we go to press, Cooperative Grocer Network is about to launch a new iteration of its website. Let’s take a look at its main features.

180 Sept-Oct 2015 November 13, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of The LEADer, Dealing with a Downturn, is available at the

Endcap Articles October 6, 2015

Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) has always been about connection and engagement.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

 If your co-op has been active on CGN, you know that we rely on Account Managers as the gatekeepers and CGN connectors at their stores.

January 20, 2015

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, CGN, and other collaborative support groups.

December 17, 2014

As food co-ops have visible impact in their communities, more and more people are involved in the effort of bringing a co-op to the place where they live.

172 May-June 2014 May 29, 2014

As the first certified-organic retailer in Minnesota, Wedge Co-op has long been known for its commitment to organic crop production and retail handling systems.

168 September-October 2013 October 14, 2013

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design on topics relevan

167 July-August 2013 August 22, 2013

As hosts of the annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running Food Co-op Conference," participants from Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative (Bloomington, Ind.) are keenly aware of the many challenges

166 May-June 2013 June 3, 2013

Marketing Matters, the annual conference organized by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) marketing team, focuses on brand management and development among food co-ops across the co

161 July - August - 2012 August 7, 2012

The third annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running" food co-op startup conference took place in Bloomington, Ind., on March 8–10, 2012.

160 May - June - 2012 June 4, 2012

It's 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday night in January as I swing behind the old Coca-Cola building near downtown Bloomington, Ind.

159 March - April - 2012 April 9, 2012

Every so often a question will be put forth among co-ops that, in its simplified version, asks something like this: “Does your co-op support farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA

155 July - August - 2011 August 28, 2011

These tips, tools, sites and strategies were all shared at this year’s Marketing Matters.

149 July - August - 2010* October 15, 2010