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CDF receives $200K USDA grant for home care cooperative development Special Feature Banner

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) this week received a $200,000 USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant to be used to support the development and expansion of worker-owned home care cooperatives in rural areas.   

The grant provides funds to:

• Conduct research on the quality of care provided by existing home care worker cooperatives

• Develop model pro forma statements for use in evaluating business strategies needed for growth in existing cooperatives

• Reach out to national organizations and groups interested in forming home care cooperatives

• Staff two steering committees of experts to provide guidance on activities related to the grant and worker-owned cooperatives

• Provide technical assistance to cooperatives

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  THUMB 01 Webinar: “Trends in the Retirement Plan Industry–Multiple Employer Plans,” featuring Pentegra

The National Cooperative Business Association's November 18 webinar, "Trends in the Retirement Plan Industry–Multiple Employer Plans," featuring NCBA CLUSA Associate Member Pentegra, will walk attendees through the key advantages of multiple employer plans (MEPs), which cover employers that are not commonly owned and provide greater benefit security by pooling risk. 

Founded in 1943 as a non-for-profit cooperative to meet the retirement needs of its members, Pentegra is uniquely qualified to serve the co-op sector. Its programs are "designed and managed by professionals who understand the competitive demands of the [cooperative] industry," said Mike Natyshak, national director for Pentegra's Qualified Plan Sales and head of the provider's business development efforts in the cooperative sphere. 

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  THUMB 01 CUNA applauds Obama's executive order for greater data security

The Credit Union National Association is actively engaged with payment networks, financial institutions, retailers and manufacturers to achieve greater data security by 2015. An executive order signed by President Barack Obama on October 17, called "Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions," augments these efforts, CUNA said in a press release:  

As the number of data breaches and the accompanying costs for financial institutions and consumers continue to rise, President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday aimed at improving the security of consumer financial transactions.

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  THUMB 01 A place at the table: Strategic Sourcing at restaurant purchasing co-ops

Purchasing cooperatives are a well-established feature of the restaurant industry, providing the owners of restaurant franchises with professional buying expertise and negotiation strengths while helping franchisors maintain a stable supply chain. Despite their importance to franchisors and franchisees alike, however, independent purchasing co-ops—particularly food purchasing co-ops—often find that their success is limited by processes beyond their immediate control.

Because it is governed by a board representing both the franchisor and franchisees, a purchasing or supply chain management co-op must pursue an integrated, proactive approach to deliver its full potential benefits to members. Broadly speaking, such purchasing co-ops are quite good at sourcing and supply chain management. In most instances, the co-op’s managers and executives also have an innate appreciation of the importance of strategic sourcing as a management principle.

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  THUMB 01 NCGA concerned by EPA’s decision to approve Enlist Duo, calls for mandatory GMO labeling

The EPA's recent decision to register a new herbicide designed to manage resistant weeds has spurred the National Cooperative Grocers Association to reiterate its call for mandatory GMO labeling. The organization is a strong supporter of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act: 

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) expresses its deep concern over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to approve Enlist Duo, Dow Chemical’s blend of glyphosate (Roundup) and an older pesticide known as 2,4-D. Enlist Duo will be sold in conjunction with Dow’s GMO Enlist seeds which have been engineered to withstand dousing with the toxic pesticide. The GMO/pesticide combo will be marketed as the Enlist Weed Control System.

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Webinar: Potential Uses of the Business & Industry Program for Cooperative
2014-Oct-23 01:00 pm - to - 2014-Oct-22 02:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Co-op Professionals Conference
2014-Nov-06 03:00 pm - to - 2014-Nov-08 12:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Crossroads Cooperative Summit
2014-Nov-07 08:30 am - to - 2014-Oct-22 03:30 pm
 
 
 
Webinar: Trends in the Retirement Plan Industry–Multiple Employer Plans
2014-Nov-18 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Oct-22 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
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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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