• Payment processing provider TransFirst finding new business with co-op/purchasing groups

    TransFirst-logo-web 81834TransFirst-logo-web 81834Based in New York, TransFirst is one of the nation’s largest providers of secure payment processing with more than 1,300 distribution partners, processing over $48 billion for 200,000 merchants in 2013.

    TransFirst recently entered the co-op/purchasing group sector and is currently engaged in learning what services best resonate with the industry. 

    “By leveraging existing technology and focusing on providing high-quality and trusted solutions, TransFirst is able to provide its partners

  • A new day for El Salvador cashew co-op, thanks to cooperation among cooperatives

    alex-phyllis 3df80alex-phyllis 3df80[photos courtesy Equal Exchange]Equal Exchange, a leading importer of organic, Fair Trade products and one of America's largest and fastest-growing worker co-ops, sent this story about its relationship with Aprainores, a cashew co-op in El Salvador currently hosting NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer and business consultant Mel Farmer. By supporting Aprainores'

  • Preparing Your Cooperative for a Worry-Free Audit

    wegner-CPAs ebfe6wegner-CPAs ebfe6With more than 65 years of combined knowledge and experience working in the cooperative sector, NCBA CLUSA associate member Wegner CPAs offers audits, reviews and temporary CFO and controller services. Ahead of the accounting firm's August 20 webinar, CPA and partner Pete Oettinger sent this thought leadership piece: 

    So the “love letter”

  • Cooperatives Acting as Agents for Peace Worldwide

    Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Cooperative dairy farmers increase production in Sri Lanka. In conflict zones worldwide, co-ops are providing solutions to contributing issues such as income inequality, workplace insecurity, community disruption and food security. [photo courtesy Co-operative News]Cooperative Principal 7, Concern for Community, summarizes how co-ops help bring sustainable

  • Electric Co-ops' Scholarship Fund Helps Struggling Coal Miners Retool

    chris-smith-lineman c1de9chris-smith-lineman c1de9A scholarship fund organized by electric co-ops in Kentucky is helping laid-off coal miners re-tool and find stable jobs as linemen. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association posted this story about a recent scholarship recipient:  

    When Chris Smith lost his job at a coal mine in Hazard, Kentucky, his fortunes improved.

  • Hawaii’s Only Electric Co-op Recovers from Double Hurricane Threat

    Hawaii Hurricane 8f81dHawaii Hurricane 8f81dIn early August 2014, the collective islands of Hawaii faced two back-to-back hurricanes that threatened severe damage.  Derrill Holly of Electric Co-op Today reported on the efforts of Hawaii’s only electric cooperative, which moved quickly to handle outages caused by hurricane Iselle and braced for more potential problems from Hurricane Julio, which eventually spared the islands.

  • CoBank Joins USDA in New Public-Private Partnership Focused On Rural Infrastructure Investment

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    In July 2014, NCBA CLUSA member CoBank a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that it has joined with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the formation of a new public-private partnership focused on infrastructure investment in rural America.

  • Webinar: Learn About the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives

    Discover the International Summit of Cooperatives with Mike Beall, CEO and president of NCBA CLUSA! 

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

    CU-Tshirt-web 07308CU-Tshirt-web 07308[photo courtesy americascreditunions.org]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

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

    SmartGrid-web 4ffedSmartGrid-web 4ffedCo-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

  • Outdoor retailer REI to expand presence in Eastern U.S.

    REI-iStock-web 775f4REI-iStock-web 775f4Store 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.


  • International Summit of Cooperatives to focus on innovation

    quebec-summit eacc1quebec-summit eacc1[photo courtesy International Summit of Cooperatives]This year's International Summit of Cooperatives is expected to shed new light on the innovative capacity of the cooperative business model. Ahead of the October summit, Co-operative News spoke with Summit Organizing Committee Executive Director Stéphane Bertrand for

  • Reminder: 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board elections are open!

    board-candidates 98287board-candidates 98287Have you gotten your VoteNet login credentials yet? Online elections for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors opened yesterday, August 4, and will run through August 29. All NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • NCBA CLUSA Webinar: Latest trends for planning a website re-design, featuring MindActive

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    Despite their compelling stories and solid value propositions, co-ops are often underserved when it comes to digital marketing.

    MindActive is working to change that. The creative services agency helps cooperative businesses communicate their stories through targeted, relevant messaging and thoughtful use of social media.

    “In a competitive world, marketing messages about key value propositions are still going to drive interest and ultimately convert customers,” said Byron Sletten, a MindActive owner/partner. “The good news is, once

  • CUNA study reveals demographic profile of credit union members, non-members

    cuna logo1 ae237cuna logo1 ae237The results of Credit Union National Association's member and nonmember survey reflect growing diversity. CUNA published this article on the trend as credit unions seek to meet their members' increasingly diverse needs, opportunities and challenges: 

    As credit unions approach the 100 million member milestone, the diversity of credit union membership has never shined brighter. The Credit Union National Association's

  • Alberta Co-op Grocery evens access to fresh, healthy food in Portland area

    alberta-coop-grocery 99497alberta-coop-grocery 99497The Fresh Exchange matching program supported by Alberta Cooperative Grocery is increasing access to fresh, healthy food among the Portland area's limited-income seniors and families. StrongerTogether filed this story under "Voices from the Field:" 

    The number one goal for the Alberta Cooperative Grocery in Portland, Oregon, is to connect people with fresh, high quality, affordable food. This was the

  • Cuba Cooperative Working Group researches co-op movement in country

    cuba-coop2-web 391f8cuba-coop2-web 391f8Members of a worker co-op at an auto repair shop in Cuba.NCBA CLUSA led a research and education trip to Cuba last week to gain a clearer picture of the cooperative movement there, which observers say is playing an increasingly significant role in the country’s push for economic updates.

    The U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group, comprised of more than a dozen

  • How a fishermen’s co-op lives the 7 Cooperative Principles

    SPC-web 511a5SPC-web 511a5[photo: Dan Lamont/Tatoosh Media, courtesy Seafood Producers Cooperative]NCBA CLUSA member Seafood Producers Cooperative (SPC) is the oldest fishermen's cooperative in North America. Their fishermen are dedicated to sustainably harvested seafood, and donate their time to ocean cleanup efforts with the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation's Marine

  • Webinar: How to prepare for a worry-free audit, by Wegner CPAs

    wegner-CPAs 2c152wegner-CPAs 2c152Wegner CPAs Partner Pete Oettinger, CPA remembers the moment that turned a spotlight on the need for dedicated financial services for cooperatives.

    His accounting firm had acquired a new co-op client just in time to prep them for an IRS audit. Oettinger and his colleagues discovered that a prior accountant didn’t know how to classify a co-op and had bungled the return, filling out a form designated for a church and classifying a multi-million-dollar parsonage payout as a “parsonage allowance ” instead of a patronage deduction.

    You can guess the rest of

  • High marks for electric co-ops in J. D. Power study

    shutterstock powerlines-web c561eshutterstock powerlines-web c561eThe National Rural Electric Cooperative Association this week reported that a dozen electric co-ops in the U.S. are outperforming the national average when it comes to price, reliability and customer service. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn wrote this press release:  

    A new J.D. Power study gives a dozen electric cooperatives above-average scores.

    More than 104,000 residential consumers served



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