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September 18, 2014    

Week of cooperative convening in Minneapolis draws proclamation from city Special Feature Banner

At NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting, held last Tuesday, September 9, during the joint Purchasing Cooperatives and Annual Cooperatives Conferences, the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota declared the week of September 8-12 the city’s official Co-op Week. Kevin Reich, City Councilman of the First Ward of Minneapolis, read the declaration to the attendees.

The declaration came at the height of co-op activity throughout the city, which included a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the grand opening of Fair State Cooperative Brewery and the convening of NCBA CLUSA’s two conferences.

“It is great to see the city of Minneapolis again affirm the important role cooperatives play in the local community,” said Mike Beall, President and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “We are pleased that we were able to be part of the catalyst for this declaration and look to other cities to officially recognize the value co-ops bring to all aspects of the community life.”

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA’s working group at Quebec Summit to cement U.S. co-ops’ key role in adopting ‘Blueprint’

Registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s afternoon working group during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, returning to Quebec City next month.

Called “Designing a Cooperative Future Among U.S. Cooperatives,” the trade association and international development organization’s working group is scheduled for Monday, October 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can expect to collaborate across cooperative sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges “The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade” presents the U.S. cooperative movement.

The Blueprint envisions that by 2020, cooperatives will be the acknowledged economic leader, the preferred business model and the fastest-growing enterprise worldwide.


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  THUMB 01 Registration open for inaugural Cooperative Professionals Conference

Want to network and collaborate with fellow co-op professionals? The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is hosting the first conference specifically designed for legal and accounting professionals who serve the cooperative community, in collaboration with the following legal experts:

David P. Swanson, partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Thomas Beckett, attorney, Mountain South Business Law

Linda D. Phillips, partner, Phillips Law Offices LLC

Jason Wiener, principle, Jason Wiener, P.C. 

Convening in Denver, Colorado, from November 6 - 8, the Cooperative Professionals Conference will create a brand-new platform for professional collaboration within the co-op movement. 


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  THUMB 01 Annual Co-op 5K to benefit CDF’s cooperative development work

NCBA CLUSA will join other corporate and individual sponsors in the Washington, D.C. area next month for the Cooperative Development Foundation’s 26th Annual Co-op 5K.

The race regularly draws hundreds of participants and supporters from the local co-op community and helps kick off Co-op Month. This year, runners, joggers and walkers will meet at East Potomac Park on Saturday, October 4 for the event.

Click here to register for the race!

The Co-op 5K serves as a major fundraiser for the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), a non-profit foundation with a national and international focus on community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.


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  THUMB 01 NCB lends $60+ million in new loans for co-op housing during August

The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization sent this press release about its financing activity last month:  

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $60.5 million in new loans during August for 22 New York area properties. Edward Howe III, managing director of the NCB New York office, made the announcement.

“In contrast to the activity during June and July, where the loan concentration was borough-specific, the financings in August were more evenly distributed across Manhattan, the outer boroughs, and Westchester,” Howe said. “The Bank is proud to be a trusted source of financing for cooperatives in New York that are looking to take advantage of available financing options for their properties' vitality." 


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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

2014 International Summit of Cooperatives
2014-Oct-06 12:00 am - to - 2014-Oct-09 12:00 am
Co-op Professionals Conference
2014-Nov-06 12:00 am - to - 2014-Nov-08 12:00 pm
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