• 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

  • NCGA and partners raise more than $50,000 for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

    organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2As U.S. consumption of organic food grows, so does the demand for a new crop of young farmers committed to sustainable agriculture. Through a recent donation to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the National Cooperative Grocers Association is helping to support the next generation of organic farmers:

    National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and more than 30 partners are proud to announce a donation of $50,437 to the ...

  • Passion & Purpose selects NCBA CLUSA as spotlight of network’s first online summit

    PPsummit-web dc8d0 795ffPPsummit-web dc8d0 795ffNCBA CLUSA is the non-profit spotlight for the inaugural Passion & Purpose Online Summit, the network announced in a press release over the weekend.

    As the event spotlight, NCBA CLUSA joins a select group of individuals, brands and causes that explore, live and share their passion and purpose—both for personal satisfaction and the benefit of broader society, said Bambi Weavil, director of Marketing for the network.

    “NCBA CLUSA’s global work represents the kind of partnerships

  • Two weeks left to register at Early Bird rates: 2014 Annual, Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

    depot-hotel-ACC-web 13782depot-hotel-ACC-web 13782There are two weeks left to save $100 when you register for the Annual or Purchasing Cooperatives Conference ahead of the last-minute rush. Don't miss out on all the great networking and valuable content planned for you and your peers in September!

    Early bird pricing is available through July 31; rates will increase by $100 on August 1. Click here to register.

    The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is offering ACC and PCC attendees a discount on

  • Historic first at the B20 Business Summit: Co-operative sector at the table

    B20-logo-web c8e7aB20-logo-web c8e7aThe Business 20 (B20) will convene international business leaders from the G20 countries in Cannes this November, among them the summit’s first cooperative representative, Dr. Andrew Crane, CEO of Australian grain cooperative CBH. Crane’s appointment to the B20 is expected to bring a new perspective on economic diversity and resiliency in times of crisis to the summit, the International Co-operative Alliance said in this media release:

    As B20 talks in Australia are to start, Australian Dr. Andrew Crane’s appointment to the Business 20 marks the

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary proclaims August 3 – 9 National Farmers Market Week

    farmers-market-shutterstock-web 69cb5farmers-market-shutterstock-web 69cb5[photo: shutterstock]The 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizes the key role farmers markets play in the agriculture and food economy, helping grow rural economies and increase access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. The United States Department of

  • Industry first: Co-operative Energy invites customers to choose their electricity source

    solar-farm-web b0b1fsolar-farm-web b0b1f[photo courtesy Co-operative News]In a move that marks an industry first, U.K.-based Co-operative Energy is inviting its customers to fully engage in the energy generation process by choosing where their electricity is sourced. Co-operative News published

  • NRECA congratulates Senate Foreign Relations Committee on quick passage of 'Energize Africa Act'

    nreca-international 4327enreca-international 4327eIn June, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association responded with this press release expressing appreciation for the act's quick passage: 

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson

  • Domains.coop launches cooperative identity toolkit

    7reasons 9f6977reasons 9f697Domains.coop launched a toolkit last week meant to encourage more organizations to complete their cooperative identity by adopting the email and web address Top Level Domain “.coop” and the cooperative logo, or “marque.”

    The toolkit includes a downloadable poster, a video message from Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Co-operative Alliance, video tutorials, message points for newsletters

  • NCBA CLUSA President Mike Beall to speak at first ‘Passion & Purpose’ summit

    PPsummit-web dc8d0PPsummit-web dc8d0The first Passion & Purpose Online Summit will convene 20 diverse speakers who will share motivating stories and life experiences via live webinar July 24 to 28.

    Called “Ignite your Passion: 5 Days, 5 Ways,” the summit asks speakers to represent themselves and their topic in a way that reflects both the passion and purpose of their brand.

    The format includes a 30-minute presentation by each speaker about a life experience or story that

  • Upswing in power sales secures electric co-ops as fastest-growing segment of industry

    shutterstock powerlines-web c561eshutterstock powerlines-web c561eA recent upswing in power sales indicates that co-ops continue to be the fastest-growing segment of the electric utility industry. ECT Staff Writer Steven Johnson reports in this story published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association:

    The decline in power sales for electric cooperatives is over—at least for now.

    Reversing a recent trend, electric cooperatives’ median kilowatt-hour sales grew by 3.13 percent in 2013, according to an assessment conducted by the National Rural

  • Credit unions a good option for anyone, even NBA stars

    shutterstock basketball-web 4dc3bshutterstock basketball-web 4dc3bShould credit unions reach out to pro athletes? Bill Hampel, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association, explores the issue in this op-ed:

    The recent op-ed by the leader of the American Bankers Association (ABA), former Gov. Frank Keating “Should taxpayers subsidize sports stars’ checking accounts?” is correct in pointing out that the Federal Credit Union Act passed in 1934, but that’s about all it got right. 

    Credit unions are tax-exempt based on their structure as

  • Alabama credit unions join nationwide 'Bank On' campaign for unbanked

    cuna logo1 ae237cuna logo1 ae237A nationwide initiative called “Bank On” is helping people who have experienced past financial troubles join the financial mainstream by reducing barriers to banking and providing education in financial literacy. The Credit Union National Association published this report on the latest credit unions to join the effort:

    Four Alabama credit unions have joined a national campaign to help consumers become more financially independent.

    In south Alabama, the Bank On initiative includes more than 20 credit unions and banks that offer financial



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