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NCBA CLUSA releases Co-op Month resources for October

The National Cooperative Business Association invites you to participate in this year’s Co-op Month by recognizing “The Co-op Connection” to the world around us. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the cooperative difference, our proud cooperative heritage and all the ways we connect with each other, our communities and our world.

Since 1930, co-ops across the United States have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement’s history and economic impact on communities nationwide. The annual event continues to provide a key opportunity to reflect on the cooperative legacy.

Co-ops range in size from small storefronts to large Fortune 500 companies like REI and Nationwide Insurance. Co-ops mean business. They provide a viable alternative to the traditional business model for more than 130 million members across the U.S.

Co-ops also mean connections. They strengthen ties with members through education and networking opportunities. They connect with other cooperatives by practicing Cooperative Principle #6, or “cooperation among cooperatives.” Co-ops connect with policymakers through advocacy, and with young people through engagement. Through sustainable development, co-ops connect with their communities and help build a better future.

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NCBA TALKS 2014

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  THUMB 01 Single-day rates now available for 2014 Annual Cooperatives Conference

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in September for the 2014 Annual Cooperatives Conference. It’s set to be a great opportunity to get the ideas, best practices and solutions you need to fuel powerful change within your organization.

While we’d love to have you there for the whole conference, we understand scheduling conflicts and time constraints. Can’t attend the entire conference? We’re pleased to announce that single-day registrations are now available!

Click here to register for the date that's best for you. 

September 9
$75 member/$150 non-member
Includes access to the keynote address by Dame Pauline Green and NCBA CLUSA Business Meeting.

September 10
$250 member/$500 non-member
Includes access to presentations, breakfast, lunch, breaks and reception.

September 11
$150 member/$300 non-member
Includes access to the presentations, breakfast and break. 

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  THUMB 01 Webinar: Learn about the leading economic platform for cooperative managers

Two upcoming webinars hosted by NCBA CLUSA will introduce attendees to the leading economic platform for cooperative managers—the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives.

Featuring S
téphane Bertrand, executive director of the Summit Organizing Committee, and Suzanne Gendron, managing vice president for Cooperative and Corporate Affairs for Summit co-host Desjardines, the webinars will explain why the Summit is a can't-miss event for co-op managers, CEOs, key staff members, board members and active cooperative members from all sectors of the cooperative movement.

Plan now to attend on Thursday, August 21, or Wednesday, September 3. Click on a date to register today!

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  THUMB 01 100 million Americans are now using credit unions. Should you join them?

The growing popularity of credit unions is providing more opportunities for co-ops from other sectors to connect with credit unions for their funding and financial services needs. The Washington Post published this article on a recent credit union membership milestone:  

Credit unions reached a new milestone in June when membership topped 100 million, the Credit Union National Association announced Tuesday.

The smaller, and often more personal, banking institutions, drew national attention in 2011 following "Bank Transfer Day," when a Facebook campaign started by consumers called on people to ditch their banks because some had proposed adding fees for debit card use. 

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  THUMB 01 NRECA study tracks smart grid technology adoption by utility co-ops

Co-ops nationwide are addressing evolving data needs to ensure cost-effective operations for members. The recent experience of six electric co-ops that upgraded their telecommunications infrastructure to support smart grid technology is providing direction and insight. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this article:

“Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success,” an article published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Research Network (CRN), offers lessons from the experiences of six cooperatives that upgraded their telecommunications infrastructure to support new smart grid applications.

The TechSurveillance article is the first in a series of articles on the results of NRECA’s Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP), a $68 million project supported by the Department of Energy that deployed and evaluated an array of smart grid technologies at 23 cooperatives in 12 states. 

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  THUMB 01 Outdoor retailer REI to expand presence in Eastern U.S.

Store openings planned for early 2015 are expected to provide outdoor retailer REI with new opportunities to connect with the greater Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York areas. Co-operative News published this update:

The largest consumer cooperative in the United States, outdoor retailer REI aims to open new stores in Princeton, New Jersey, and expand its presence in Atlanta in early 2015.

REI was set up 75 years ago by a group of 23 mountain-climbing buddies who were looking for good quality outdoor gear. Today it is a $2 billion national retail cooperative, with 135 stores in 33 states and 5.1 million active members. The two new stores will provide top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and travel.

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NCBA CLUSA would like to thank the following sponsors of this year’s Annual and Purchasing Cooperatives Conferences.
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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Planning for a Worry-Free Audit
2014-Aug-20 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Aug-12 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Latest Web Trends for Planning a Re-Design
2014-Aug-28 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Aug-12 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
2014 Annual Cooperative Conference
2014-Sep-09 01:45 pm - to - 2014-Sep-11 11:45 am
 
 
 
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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