Food Co-op Organizations and Associates
Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN), http://www.cgn.coop, maintains this website and publishes Cooperative Grocer in both print and web versions. CGN is itself a cooperative governed by a board elected from among its member co-ops. As of 2012, the resources of Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN), http://www.cgin.coop, are being merged with the resources of Cooperative Grocer.
Cooperative Development Services Consulting Co-op (CDS Consulting Co-op), http://www.cdsconsulting.coop, provides training and consulting and data services to food co-ops. CDS Consulting Co-op contributors and resources are extensively used among food co-ops and on the CGN.coop website.
Cooperative Development Services (CDS) is a firm based in Madison, Wis., and St. Paul, Minn., providing business consulting and analysis in the Upper Midwest http://www.cdsus.coop. CDS was the parent of CDS Consulting Co-op, but they are now independent of one another.
Cooperation Works! (CS), http://www.cooperationworks.coop, is a national organization of co-op development centers and practitioners working with many different types of co-op enterprise. CW offers a free newsletter and other resources through its website along with development centers across the U.S.
Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), http://www.foodcoopinitiative.coop, is a non-profit organization that assists startup food co-op across the country. The present website’s wiki on starting a food co-op recommends the expertise and services of FCI.
National Co+op Grocers (NCG), www.ncg.coop, is a national purchasing and business services co-op for its approximately 140 member food cooperatives. For an recent example of NCG’s work, their 2012 public release, “Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities: The social and economic impacts of food co-ops,” can be downloaded at www.strongertogether.coop, along with a new video series on home cooking.
National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), http://www.ncba.coop, is the multi-sector cooperative that defends and advances the interests of cooperatives domestically and internationally. Find links to many other kinds of cooperatives on the NCBA website.