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Scheduled for March 1-2 (with optional workshops on Feb. 28), Up and Coming 2019 marks our 10th anniversary.  Given that it's out 10th anniversary, we may have one or two surprises in store for you, so don't miss out!

We've got an awesome conference planned with over 50 workshops and 45 speakers .  Take a look at the Agenda page and start planning which workshops you'd like to attend.  Bios and photos of our speakers - both consultants and peers - can be found on the Speakers page.

Early bird registration (until Feb. 7) is $225 for the full conference and $150 for one day registration.  Thursday workshops, and a soon to be announced tour, are $50.  Click here to register or go to the Registrationpage for more details.

The conference will be hosed at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.  Click here to make your reservations or go to the Resources page for more information.

Held each year since 2010, Up and Coming is coordinated by the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and its partner Food Co-op Initiative.  Our local food co-op host is Outpost Natural Foods.

Please call or email Deb Trocha with any questions 317.692.7707 or [email protected].

Blooming Prairie Foundation Grant Cycle 2019

The Blooming Prairie Foundation (BPF) was established with money generated from the sale of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse, a cooperative distributor of natural and organic products. The warehouse served cooperatives, retail stores and buying clubs in a 12-state Midwestern area extending from the warehouse in Iowa City, Iowa, to Blooming Prairie Natural Foods in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over two decades the Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse brought products and education prioritizing personal health alongside the ecological health of our planet to Midwestern communities.

Memorializing the priorities and values of the Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse, the Blooming Prairie Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a similar ethos. Specifically, the Blooming Prairie Foundation will work to further the health of people, the planet and the cooperative business model by supporting developmentresearch, and educational efforts in the organic industry and the cooperative community.  BPF will work to encourage, support, promote and enhance the development of organic and natural products and enhance cooperative development in the natural products industry.

The Blooming Prairie Foundation has specific qualification requirements for grant applicants.

  • 501(c)(3) status.

    • Blooming Prairie Foundation is legally obligated by IRS regulations to make grants to other organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means that Blooming Prairie Foundation is not allowed to make grants to individuals, cooperatives, retail stores, production or distribution companies, or any other group of individuals that has not applied for and received tax-exempt status at this time. Grants cannot be made to organizations in the process of obtaining tax-exempt status until tax-exempt status is final.

  • Conduct any of the following activities:

    • Developmental, research and education efforts in the organic industry and the cooperative community

    • The development of organic and natural products or services

    • Cooperative development in the natural products or organic industry.

Determination of qualification for each grant applicant is made by the Board of Directors of Blooming Prairie Foundation and its legal counsel. 

Get ready to join your community in Anaheim March 5-9, 2019.

Don’t miss out on early bird pricing; register before February 8, 2019 and take advantage of the lowest registration rates for Exhibit Hall Passes and Super Pass upgrades.

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