Strengthening Small and Start-up Food Co-ops in the Region

On November 7, 2015, almost 100 members and managers from 34 small and start-up co-ops from WI, MN, MI, IA and ND gathered at the inaugural Small And Strong Conference at Normandale Community College in Minneapolis.

The annual conference is only one part of a package of support being created by a team of co-op organizations including Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, Shared Capital Cooperative, UW Center for Cooperatives, and Land Stewardship Project, and sponsored by CDS Consulting Co-op, the CHS Foundation, and the Cooperative Foundation.  Commitments are already in place for a 2016 conference, and a 4-5 session webinar series; we’re still developing funding for a cost-share program for individualized technical assistance, and a peer support network, all to be put in place in 2016.