• NCBA CLUSA to formally launch U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group at press conference

    shutterstock cuba-500 ba317shutterstock cuba-500 ba317NCBA CLUSA will host a press conference next week to announce the formal launch of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group (USCCWG), a national-level, multi-sectorial U.S. cooperative leadership group representing consumer, purchasing, worker and producer co-ops from a broad range of industries, among them agriculture, energy and finance.

    The March 10 event, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., will serve as a platform to discuss mutually beneficial engagement between the U.S. and Cuban cooperative sectors.

  • Boise, Idaho—setting for 2015 CCMA Conference—is "Getting It Right"

    boise-flag-web 52d2bboise-flag-web 52d2bNCBA CLUSA and the Boise Co-op will co-host the 2015 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in Boise, Idaho, this June. The “City of Trees” is on everyone’s radar lately—and not just because it nabbed the top spot on Time Magazine’s list of “Cities Getting It Right” in its 2014 “Solutions for America” article.

    Home to food co-ops, small tech start-ups and Fortune 500 headquarters alike, Boise boasts a diverse economy that draws thousands of

  • NCBA CLUSA hosts Swiss MBA students interested in learning about cooperative business

    swiss-MBAs-web 70a1dswiss-MBAs-web 70a1dOn February 25, NCBA CLUSA hosted a group of MBA students from Zurich, Switzerland participating in a Marymount University exchange program. Dr. Günther Singer has been bringing his students to NCBA CLUSA’s office during his exchange trips over the past few years to introduce them to cooperative business in the United States.

    Opportunities to earn degrees and take coursework in cooperative business are very limited in the U.S. as well as in Europe and the rest of the world; this is one of the major challenges facing the global cooperative movement. Of the

  • Registration Now Open for the 2015 Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference!

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    Join NCBA CLUSA and Boise Co-op in Boise, Idaho, from June 11 – 13 for a national conversation on how food co-ops can break through barriers to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.  
    Whether you work for a startup or a long-established food cooperative, the annual CCMA conference is the best place to collectively address challenges facing the sector and opportunities to reclaim its place at the forefront of a healthy, sustainable and

  • MOU between NCBA CLUSA and African Confederation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives to bolster development projects

    mike-mou-web 60962mike-mou-web 60962A new memorandum of understanding between NCBA CLUSA and the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) is expected to strengthen linkages between the two organizations in the areas of agriculture, youth development and cooperative health.

    “Signing this MOU formalizes our relationship with ACCOSCA at a time when it is crucial to strengthen the link between cooperative sectors in Africa, as well as the link between NCBA CLUSA’s development projects and the financial resources of Africa’s

  • 2015 Co-op Issues Forum to highlight cooperative development, leadership

    CDF-400-web 97c86CDF-400-web 97c86The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) will host the 5th Annual Cooperative Issues Forum on May 6, 2014, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

    Click here to register for the forum.

    The Issues Forum falls during Co-op Week, an annual emphasis week in May that celebrates the cooperative movement and honors its leaders and champions. NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Cooperatives

  • CoBank makes largest single donation to spur electrification in emerging economies

    nreca-international-web 8fc4bNational Rural Electric Cooperative Associationnreca-international-web 8fc4b (NRECA) International’s efforts to electrify some of the most impoverished places on earth received a six-figure boost this week when CoBank made the largest single donation to the NRECA International Foundation—a $250,000 donation supporting projects in Africa, Central America and Latin America.

    “Electrification is one of the most critical steps on the path to sustainable economic growth for emerging economies, and it is a privilege to partner

  • NCBA CLUSA’s development work in Uganda continues with $11.3 million project to benefit youth

    uganda-cf-web aa1f5uganda-cf-web aa1f5An agreement signed last week by new funder MasterCard Foundation formally awards NCBA CLUSA an $11.3 million project to facilitate sustainable economic opportunities and commercial enterprises for at-risk youth in northern Uganda.

    Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) hinges on NCBA CLUSA’s “Learn, Engage, Build” model designed to create long-term engagement by integrating numeracy, literacy and life skills with technical expertise in agriculture, business, entrepreneurship and management.

    Specifically, YETA will establish and strengthen

  • Co-ops lead electric utility industry in sales, customer growth

    shutterstock powerlines-web 393e2shutterstock powerlines-web 393e2Co-ops led the electric utility industry in sales growth and customer growth in 2013 while holding the line on electricity distribution, according to new data from NRECA’s Strategic Analysis Unit.

    The annual Vital Signs report, available to registered users of cooperative.com, shows co-op retail sales rose nearly 3.1 percent in 2013 to 423 billion kilowatt-hours.

    That was the best performance since 2010 and outpaced the industry as a whole, which registered negative sales growth for the third year in a

  • National Co+op Grocers supports reintroduced federal mandatory GMO labeling bill

    NCG-logo-web 037dcNCG-logo-web 037dcNational Co+op Grocers (NCG) expresses its support for The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act of 2015, introduced February 12 in the U.S. House and Senate with a renewed call for mandatory federal labeling of genetically modified foods and ingredients.

    In addition, the bill prohibits any foods containing GMO ingredients to be labeled “natural”­—requirements similarly featured in the Vermont’s Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering, which the state successfully passed in 2014.

    The federal bill, submitted in

  • NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors 2015 Elections: Final Call for Candidates

    board-elections-web f481dboard-elections-web f481dNCBA CLUSA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill five open positions on the 2015 Board of Directors.

    The NCBA CLUSA Board directs, controls, and inspires the organization. The Board:

    • Brings consistent focus to the association’s longer term impacts, results, purposes, and future opportunities to serve the needs of members, not on operational methods of achieving those results

    • Emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development; clear distinction and respect for board and management roles;

  • NCBA CLUSA promotes cooperative principles at USAID workshop on democracy, rights and governance

    usaid-logo-web 37d01usaid-logo-web 37d01NCBA CLUSA COO Amy Coughenour highlighted the cooperative principles at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) launch event last month called, “Improving Collaboration in Support of Resilient, Democratic Societies: Launching USAID’s Action Plan for Cross-Sectoral DRG Integration.” The workshop, held on January 28, brought together more than 50 USAID employees and implementing partners to discuss challenges, successes, approaches and potential solutions for integrating democracy, rights and governance (DRG) activities into international development

  • National Association of Housing Cooperatives urges HUD to consider co-op housing as "viable home ownership model"

    nahc-logo-web2 4c1b6nahc-logo-web2 4c1b6The National Association of Housing Cooperatives recently applauded remarks made by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro about extending home ownership opportunity to low-income families. At an event called “2015: A Year of Housing Opportunity,” held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Castro highlighted the department’s commitment to reach out to underserved borrowers and

  • Electric co-op streamlines investment in solar and energy efficiency

    roanokeecimage 3046broanokeecimage 3046bSince its formation in 1938, northeastern North Carolina's Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC) has steadily grown and now serves more than 14,500 members in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. A pilot program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now making access to sustainable energy an affordable reality for these customers. The North Carolina Sustainability Connection published

  • Boise Co-op expansion to boost local economy, increase access to healthy, organic foods

    boise-coop-web 30a3fboise-coop-web 30a3fTravelers with a layover at the Boise International Airport can now grab a mid-trip sandwich or bento box from a concession stand stocked by community-owned Boise Co-op.

    The healthy, grab-and-go snack choices are among the new—and soon-to-expand—offerings supplied by the co-op as part of the airport’s overhaul of its retail space to better reflect the unique identity of Boise, Idaho, and showcase some of its local vendors.

    Boise Co-op concessions have received “rave reviews” since their mid-January launch, said

  • NCBA CLUSA webinar unpacks disaster preparedness and management for co-ops

    Webinars 5.0 copy bb6c4Webinars 5.0 copy bb6c4A new webinar from NCBA CLUSA featuring emergency preparedness and management expert Witt O’Brien’s offers co-ops concrete ways to mitigate risk and control the outcome of every crisis—from a building fire to a security breach.

    This January 30 live webinar was recorded and is now available for download free of charge. 

    Topics include building a crisis management plan, maintaining business

  • 2015 CCMA Conference: Request for workshop proposals

    boise-new-web bcdccboise-new-web bcdccThis year's annual CCMA Conference (Boise, June 11–13) will host a national conversation on how food co-ops can thrive in today's increasingly competitive environment.

    You can be part of the conversation by presenting an informative, inspiring, interactive, change-inducing workshop related to one of the key opportunities for food co-op success, including:

    • Strategic Governance and Leadership
    • Embracing Change
    • Being the Very Best Food Store
    • Growing Our Co-ops
    • Making an Impact/Telling Our Story
    • Workshop

  • NCBA CLUSA seeking to fill Executive Director position at Austin Cooperative Business Association

    ACBA Logo4 82feaACBA Logo4 82feaNCBA CLUSA is now recruiting for an Executive Director for the Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA). The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director will provide day-to-day leadership for ACBA including strategic management and organizational leadership, financial supervision, grant-writing/fundraising, and promotion of ACBA to internal and external audiences. The Executive Director of ACBA reports to the COO of NCBA CLUSA and the Board of Directors of ACBA. Essential

  • North American Students of Cooperation accepting host applications for 2015 internships

    nasco logo web 86385nasco logo web 86385The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)'s Cooperative Internship Network is officially accepting host applications for 2015 internship positions. NASCO Director of Educational Programs Morgan Crawford sent this announcement: 
    We are reaching out to you as a potential partner to participate in our matching process and host an intern this upcoming summer. Whatever the size or type of your organization, we encourage you to take part in this opportunity to expand your support team. Eligible host sites may be co-ops,

  • Co-operatives stand by France following Charlie Hebdo attacks

    co-opNews-je-suis-charlie 78e04co-opNews-je-suis-charlie 78e04Members of the International Co-operative Alliance's Principles Committee, meeting in Paris shortly after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, released a statement condemning the attacks and expressing solidarity with cooperators and citizens of France. Co-operative News published this news release highlighting the statement and similar moves to express unity: 

    Following the recent deadly



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