• Opinion: Amazon-Whole Foods deal’s missing ingredient is people

    The Amazon-Whole Foods deal announced last week underscores the need for co-ops to innovate through collaboration.

    Amazonwholefoods bda87Amazonwholefoods bda87The Amazon-Whole Foods deal announced last week underscores the need for co-ops to innovate through collaboration.We in the cooperative community roll our eyes when we hear someone confuse Whole Foods with a food cooperative. Those days seem to be coming to a close when last week news broke that e-commerce giant Amazon will purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 billion by the end of the year. The resulting conglomerate: a co-op it is not.

    Business news outlets are reporting that Amazon is seeking the Whole Foods asset to aggressively expand its strategy to stake a presence in brick-and-mortar stores. The move also positions Amazon to achieve its longtime goal of breaking into the grocery industry—currently, e-commerce accounts for just 2 percent of America’s food-and-beverage sales.

    In the rash of stories that have since popped up, none of them counted as a reason a desire by Amazon (or Whole Foods, for that

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  • Vern Dosch, author of Wired Differently and president and CEO of NISC, to keynote IMPACT 2017

    In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values.

    In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values. In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values.In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values.NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that Vern Dosch, president and CEO of the nearly fifty-year-old technology business National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), will present the keynote address at the first ever Co-op IMPACT Conference on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

    An industry leader in providing advanced, integrated IT solutions, NISC develops and supports technology solutions that enable its member-owners to

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  • Inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference to explore state of the co-op economy, funding development, measuring impact and more!

    Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7.

    Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7. Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7.Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7.NCBA CLUSA is gearing up for the inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference, and we’re excited to announce some of the compelling programming we’re lining up to make this conference a premier networking and learning event for co-op members, practitioners and advocates, as well as a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative ecosystem.

    Scheduled for October 4 – 6, 2017 at

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  • NCBA CLUSA supporting Kenya's efforts to strengthen legal framework for co-ops

    NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Trade, Investment and Cooperatives.

    NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.Formalizing a partnership with the Government of Kenya, NCBA CLUSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this month with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, agreeing to jointly support the development of the country’s national policy and legal framework for co-ops.

    In collaboration with the Ministry, NCBA CLUSA will facilitate stakeholder participation in a review of the National Cooperative Development Policy and align it with the new Constitution, which was established in 2010. This effort builds on NCBA CLUSA’s work in fostering enabling environments for co-ops across East Africa, including the development of a co-op policy in Mozambique, and current collaboration with the

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  • 2018 budget proposal zeroes out programs essential to domestic, international cooperative development

    Despite proposed cuts, NCBA CLUSA is confident that lawmakers will ultimately recognize the value of cooperative development.

    Despite proposed cuts, NCBA CLUSA is confident that lawmakers will ultimately recognize the value of cooperative development. Despite proposed cuts, NCBA CLUSA is confident that lawmakers will ultimately recognize the value of cooperative development.Despite proposed cuts, NCBA CLUSA is confident that lawmakers will ultimately recognize the value of cooperative development.The Trump Administration's $4.1 trillion 2018 detailed budget, released Tuesday by the White House and the Office of Management and Budget, proposes deep cuts to or entirely eliminates programs essential to domestic and international cooperative development.

    Although it is not expected to survive scrutiny by lawmakers, the proposal puts numbers on the Trump administration’s priorities of defense and homeland security—often at the expense of foreign aid, which the budget slashes by

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  • Missed the 2017 Cooperative Hall of Fame? Videos and photos are now available online!

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Cooperative Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception. The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) staff and supporters were honored by your presence and inspired by your stories. For those who were unable to attend, photos and videos from the event are now available online.

    Our congratulations to the 2017 inductees: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol and John Zippert, and Richard Larochelle. Thank you for your leadership, courage, and commitment to cooperatives.

    Watch the Inductee

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  • Co-ops back in U.S. Census after 20-year absence

    Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.

    Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.NCBA CLUSA is thrilled to announce that a decades-long absence of federally-reported data on co-ops in the U.S. will end with the 2017 Economic Census. The Office of Management and Budget on Friday approved without change or question the main 2017 Economic Census package, which includes a question identifying cooperative businesses.

    “This is a breakthrough moment for cooperatives nationwide,” said Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “The data gathered by the 2017 Economic Survey will fill a critical gap within the cooperative sector, allowing us to tell the story of cooperative

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  • By putting people over profit, co-ops are poised to grow inclusive economy

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually. Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.Based on the results of NCBA CLUSA’s recent survey of its membership, cooperatives nationwide are active partners in building a more equitable, participatory, growing, sustainable and stable economy—factors that, according to a recent report from the Rockefeller Foundation, are integral to creating an inclusive economy.

    Unveiled during this week’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, the survey results inform a current effort by NCBA CLUSA to determine a “force for good,” or rallying point, that would unite the cooperative movement’s more than 100 million members in the U.S. in advancing NCBA CLUSA’s 100-year legacy of supporting cooperatives that build a better world.

    One

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  • Only two days left to vote in NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors election!

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.NCBA CLUSA members have until Thursday, April 27 to vote in NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors election. This is your chance to help shape the body that directs and inspires the organization, bringing consistent focus to its longer-term impacts and future opportunities.

    There are eight candidates running to fill five seats on the 2017 Board of Directors: Joseph Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Esteban Kelly, Barbara Peterson, Hans Theyer and Karen Zimbelman. Read their bios and candidate statements here.

    NCBA CLUSA’s Board election is handled electronically through Simply

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  • REI, Cabot join 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum lineup

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World. This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.Registration is now open for the 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum, a gathering of co-op influencers and supporters that falls during Co-op Week, the U.S. co-op community’s annual emphasis week in May celebrating the business model and honoring its leaders and champions.

    Join co-hosts NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World (CBW) on May 3, 2017, from 2-4:45 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for this important conversation generously sponsored by the Ralph K. Morris Foundation

    With a spotlight

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  • NCBA CLUSA continues supporting vanilla co-ops in Madagascar through new USAID Trade Hub project

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar learn how to form a cooperative.

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar learn how to form a cooperative.Vanilla farmers in Madagascar learn how to form a cooperative.Vanilla farmers in Madagascar learn how to form a cooperative.Through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, NCBA CLUSA is doubling down on its efforts to strengthen market-oriented vanilla cooperatives, increase incomes for vanilla farmers and create a more sustainable value chain with the Increasing Vanilla Value Chain Competitiveness project in Madagascar. This $100,000 USAID-funded project runs until October 2017 and leverages financial and technical support from a public-private partnership with a national vanilla exporter and a Fortune 1000 company.

    Madagascar is the world’s largest exporter of vanilla, but challenges including volatile markets, crop resilience in the wake of natural disasters and security issues such as harvest theft threaten global

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  • Meet the candidates running for election to the 2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors

    The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.

    The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the candidates running to fill five seats on the 2017 Board of Directors: Joseph Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Esteban Kelly, Barbara Peterson, Hans Theyer and Karen Zimbelman. 

    The NCBA CLUSA Board directs and inspires the organization. The Board brings consistent focus to the association’s longer term impacts, results, purposes and future opportunities to serve the needs of members; emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development, clear distinction and respect for board and management roles, collective decision-making after consideration and encouragement of a diversity of viewpoints and evaluation of organizational performance in terms

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  • Only one day left to renew membership, be eligible to vote in NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Board of Directors election

    calendar reminder 500 333 280fecalendar reminder 500 333 280feElection results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA's Annual Business Meeting on May 2, 2017. To make your voice heard, make sure you've renewed your membership! NCBA CLUSA members planning to vote in the 2017 Board of Directors election have until Wednesday, March 22 to renew their membership. The online election will open on March 27 and close on April 27; during this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes.

    If you cannot locate your renewal notice, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

  • NCBA CLUSA defends co-ops, responds to Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint

    Earlier today, the Office of Management and Budget released a Budget Blueprint outlining the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget. The Blueprint proposes to reduce or eliminate several programs important to developing and supporting the work of cooperatives, both domestically and abroad. Examples include the elimination of discretionary programs at USDA, such as the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG), as well as deep reductions in international development funding and the elimination of tailored U.S. development agencies.

    In a statement released today in response to the Trump administration’s Budget Blueprint, Judy Ziewacz, President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association stated:

    “As presented, President Trump’s proposed Budget Blueprint appears to directly and negatively impact cooperative business of all sizes with deep reductions in domestic discretionary spending and foreign aid. On behalf of the over 120 million members of cooperatives and 40,000 cooperative businesses throughout the nation that inject over $600 billion back into the economy, we express strong concern about the direction of this proposal and what it could mean to families and communities, both domestically and internationally.

    Cooperatives and the use of cooperative principles are a time-tested strategy to stabilize economies and provide economic opportunities to families and small businesses. Internationally, it is in the interest of the U.S. to invest in stabilizing and growing developing economies. This budget

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  • Early-bird registration now open for inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference!

    As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.

    As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.Early-bird registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference, scheduled for October 4 – 6, 2017, at the Hilton-Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. This pivotal cooperative event will, for the first time, bring together a broad spectrum of cooperative sectors to build on and amplify the economic impact co-ops have in the U.S. and around the world.

    Register now and lock in the early-bird rate of $550 for NCBA CLUSA members and $750 for non-members. The Early-Bird Full Registration package includes access to all plenary and break-out sessions, two receptions, our October 5 advocacy

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  • On International Women’s Day, why co-ops matter for women around the world

    Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.

    Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.This year’s International Women’s Day theme, "Women in the Changing World of Work," speaks directly to the challenge women have in participating fully in the economy. From issues of equal pay to ownership, women are making strides but still have far to go. Women’s participation in co-op businesses—as farmers, leaders of financial institutions, innovators and community organizers—are the exact reasons why co-ops provide a better business platform for women. With equal voice in democratic governance and opportunities to own the businesses they work in, co-ops are the business model women should look at in a changing world of work.

    Through the four stories that follow, women demonstrate why

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  • NCBA CLUSA to host Latin American coffee producers at Coffee Origins event in DC

    coffee origins event coming to Washington, D.C.coffee origins event coming to Washington, D.C.On Thursday, March 2, NCBA CLUSA will host over 50 coffee roasters and buyers to connect with coffee cooperatives and producer organizations from five Latin American countries. There a still a few spots left if you are in the Washington, D.C. area this week. Register today to claim your spot!

    Part of NCBA CLUSA’s USAID Cooperative Development Program, this event will help to facilitate relationships across the value chain from farmers to retailers to consumers and discuss best practices in cooperative development for the coffee industry.

    The morning will feature a producer fair, with coffee tastings from organizations in Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In the afternoon, two quality cupping sessions will be led by local specialty coffee roasters and merchants, 32Cup.

    Presentations from our El Salvador and Indonesia teams

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  • Save the Date: Co-op Festival coming September 30 – October 1, 2017!

    Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce that its inaugural Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—an unprecedented opportunity to amplify the economic impact, diversity and sustainability of a business model 70 percent of consumers say they already trust.

    Designed to kick off Co-op Month, this two-day public awareness event will feature live music, high-profile speakers, games, giveaways and interactive booths to engage a potential audience of 65,000+ people on the National Mall. The event will also serve as a visual reminder of the success and diversity of the co-op business model to elected officials in the nation’s capital.

    “This festival

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  • Video: Panel identifies cooperatives as social justice tools

    Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13.

    Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13.Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13. At a panel discussion at the National Press Club yesterday, NCBA CLUSA hosted academics, co-op leaders, activists and entrepreneurs to offer a unique perspective on the Black experience in the U.S.—that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool.

    Moderated by Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, the panel included Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of Community

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  • ‘Let’s get the co-op narrative in as many bills as we can,’ Rep. Royce says at reception welcoming 115th Congress

    At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.

    At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, NCBA CLUSA and Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Mark

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