9.20.12 Accessing USDA Rural Development Programs for Cooperatives

Webinar on USDA Program Funding Opportunities

Did you know cooperatives are eligible for over 15 different funding programs within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)?

In this webinar, NCBA Director of Public Policy R.L. Condra will host a panel of experts from USDA who will discuss a variety of funding opportunities available through USDA Rural Development. These officials and program staff will provide overviews of the agency’s programs and discuss other co-op-related funding opportunities. Webinar participants will:

  • Learn about USDA Rural Development programs open to cooperatives
  • Understand the array of funding opportunities available, such as the Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, Intermediary Relending Program, Rural Community Advancement Program and Rural Energy For America Program and other energy programs
  • Hear an update on the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
  • Have an opportunity to interact with USDA officials

Panelists

  • John H. Broussard, Director, Business and Industry Division, USDA Rural Development
  • Chad Parker, Deputy Administrator, Cooperative Programs, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
  • Anthony Crooks, Energy Specialist, Energy Division, USDA Rural Development

Who Should Participate?

  • Executive directors and leadership staff of:
    • Credit unions
    • Electric and other utility cooperatives
    • Other cooperatives that could benefit from USDA funding
  • Mayors and community leaders
  • Economic and community development staff
  • Cooperative developers, representatives and volunteers
  • Grant writers
  • Members of cooperatives

7.24.12 Adding Value Through the International Year of Cooperatives Webinar

In this unique event, leaders from the U.S. observance of the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) will share tips on accessing proven resources and engaging with media and policymakers.

Join with NCBA moderator Eric DeLuca as he leads an all-star panel of co-op executive presenters, including Mark Wolff, Credit Union National Association; Brian Donovan, University of Texas Inter-Cooperative Council, Inc.; Kevin Edberg, Cooperative Development Services; Emily M Lippold Cheney, North American Students of Cooperation; and Brian Van Slyke, The Toolbox for Education and Social Action, where participants will:

  • Learn about various U.S. initiatives and how to get involved
  • Hear from industry thought leaders about the value of IYC to your co-op and the cooperative movement
  • Gain tips on how to increase awareness for your IYC initiatives and spur engagement with key stakeholders
  • Discuss easy-to-implement actions you can take in your local area to celebrate co-ops today and cultivate the cooperative economy of tomorrow

Who Should Participate

  • NCBA members interested in learning about IYC

5.31.12 Transforming Board Communications with Online Portals

Online portals help to improve board efficiency, and provide immediate and timely access to company and board information. Learn how your cooperative can benefit from implementing an online portal solution, which will result in improved communication among your board members, greater transparency and more effective governance.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Improve and enhance their co-op's board communication and governance
  • Understand and identify common online portal features
  • Maximize the benefits of an online portal solution
  • Eliminate paper frustration by going “green”

Presenters

  • Anthony Dunkley - Director of Board Portals, Passageways

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Board Members
  • Board Directors
  • Board Administrators

5.24.12 Starting a Purchasing Cooperative

Purchasing cooperatives have become an essential tool for many businesses and organizations. Purchasing cooperatives help members improve their competitiveness, and leverage their combined purchasing volumes into savings and efficiencies. In this four-part educational series, co-op developers will learn the strategies and the development process for starting a purchasing cooperative.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Recognize the benefits of purchasing cooperatives
  • Define the types of cooperative purchasing
  • Define key factors in the feasibility of purchasing cooperatives
  • Understand major steps in starting a purchasing cooperative

Part 4: Starting a Purchasing Cooperative

  • Major steps in starting a purchasing co-op
  • Technology strategy

Moderator

  • Lisa Stolarski - Executive Director, Co-ops USA, National Cooperative Business Association

Presenters

  • Ian Gray - President, Buying Group Services, Inc.
  • Don Collyard - Principal, Main Street Cooperative Group
  • Greg Dinsdale – President & CEO, LBMX

Who Should Attend

  • Cooperative Developers
  • Individuals interested in learning about purchasing cooperatives

5.10.12 Feasibility of a Purchasing Co-op

Purchasing cooperatives have become an essential tool for many businesses and organizations. Purchasing cooperatives help members improve their competitiveness, and leverage their combined purchasing volumes into savings and efficiencies. In this four-part educational series, co-op developers will learn the strategies and the development process for starting a purchasing cooperative.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Recognize the benefits of purchasing cooperatives
  • Define the types of cooperative purchasing
  • Define key factors in the feasibility of purchasing cooperatives
  • Understand major steps in starting a purchasing cooperative

Part 3: Feasibility of a Purchasing Co-op

  • Economics of starting a purchasing co-op
  • The chicken & egg situation
  • Ten qualifying questions

Moderator

  • Lisa Stolarski - Executive Director, Co-ops USA, National Cooperative Business Association

Presenters

  • Ian Gray - President, Buying Group Services, Inc.
  • Don Collyard - Principal, Main Street Cooperative Group
  • Carl Hammerdorfer - Director, Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise and Executive Director, Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise

Who Should Attend

  • Cooperative Developers
  • Individuals interested in learning about purchasing cooperatives

TWITTER FEED

Wed Dec 13 23:00:06 +0000 2017

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Wed Dec 13 23:00:04 +0000 2017

In the battle for #netneutrality can #cooperatives keep the internet democratic? Great piece from @YESmaghttps://t.co/CLds0YmXyo
Wed Dec 13 22:39:04 +0000 2017

RT @RGCcoffee: Very proud to be included in an article by @NCBACLUSA featuring Coop San Antonio in El Salvador. Also thanks to @BlueHarvest

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