At an event in New York state’s north country on Monday, NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Doug O’Brien made the case that worker co-op conversions could be the key to more vibrant local communities. The event—slated to include Sen. Kristen Gillibrand until an ice storm changed her plans—highlighted the role of employee-owned businesses in jumpstarting the region’s economy. The Watertown Daily Times published this report:
Registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Virtual Town Hall from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Whether you’re planning to attend in person at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1775 Eye St. NW) or join us via GoToWebinar, let us know you want to participate here.
This week commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose brilliance, determination and courage rallied a nation to civic participation in ways that changed America forever. One of the strategies that Dr. King and the civil rights movement used—and those who advocate for racial and economic justice still favor—is the cooperative business model. The strategy recognizes that one of the best ways for people to meaningfully participate ...
NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the candidates running to fill five seats on the 2018 Board of Directors: Carla Decker, Kimberly Garmany, Diane Gasaway, Anya Irons, David E. Leppert, Jeanne D. Matson, Michelle Schry and David Swanson. Read about them below!
A bipartisan bill designed to curb barriers facing America’s small businesses was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee last week, creating increased access to financing for a new crop of employee-owned businesses.
Placing first in a recent Feed the Future photo contest, a photo from NCBA CLUSA’s Feed the Future Senegal Yaajeende project exemplifies how innovations and community-led development are ending hunger around the world.
Despite progress toward reducing poverty, nearly 800 million people continue to live on less than $1.90 per day. Tackling global poverty requires dynamic partnerships. Signed last month, a Memorandum of Understanding between NCBA CLUSA and McCormick & Company solidifies one such successful collaboration in improving the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers.
Connecting through NCBA CLUSA, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s international arm sent four generators to the Puerto Rican Cooperative League for distribution to member co-ops in need last month as their communities continue to recover from the devastating one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall.
The nation’s cooperative businesses are poised to be an integral part of achieving a 10-year infrastructure plan released by the White House yesterday, but a concurrent proposal to gut the only federal program dedicated to advancing the impact of cooperative businesses nationwide jeopardizes that potential.
The cooperative movement is at a crossroads. With American economic growth largely concentrated in a few highly populated urban areas, swaths of the country continue to feel disconnected from their economy and unsure about the future. Many feel resentment over the way they perceive public policy decisions are made and resources are allocated. Cooperators know that ownership is the path to a more inclusive economy.