Ellen Michel

Cooperative Grocer Network

Author's Articles

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During the past month, I had the chance to visit Great Basin Community Food Co-op in Reno, Nevada.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

In May I attended the 2016 HOW Design Live conference, an annual event that conceives of problem-solving as one of the primary jobs of designers.

185 July-Aug 2016 July 23, 2016

Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Eastern 1:30 Central

12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific / 10:30 AK / 8:30 HI
June 21, 2016

The CGN Annual Meeting will take place on 

Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Eastern 

June 21, 2016

Many of us are planning to attend CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) or other training events in the next few months, including the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) Marketi

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

Every organization in our network relies on board members to offer guidance, oversight, and a range of diverse skills and perspectives.

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

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