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Up & Coming, Up & Running • UCUR 2015

Are you helping start a new food co-op, or working with one that is open and in the first years of operation? Join us at UCUR 2015 to get the tools you'll need to succeed.

On Friday, February 27, 2015, people from new co-ops across the country will gather in Bloomington, Indiana for the 6th year of a conference known as UCUR: Up and Coming, Up and Running 2015.  UCUR is a collaborative conference drawing from many co-op and industry resources.

This two-day gathering offers workshops concerning the three stages of new co-op development, from the very first work of community building, to financing and designing the store, to finally implementing systems and opening the doors.

UCUR also offers training for the staff and board members of new co-ops during their first years of operation, helping those co-ops that are Up and Running tweak their systems and achieve success.

Additional in-depth optional workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 26. Thursday tours of three Bloomingfoods stores will give participants plenty of on-the-floor and back room operational insights.

You'll also have a chance to schedule one-on-one or small group meetings with our speakers and consultants. Attendees tell us that this opportunity is especially valuable.

The networking opportunities are also tremendous. And, in the end, it's just plain energizing (and fun) to get together, sharing stories about our challenges, progress and success. 

Make plans now to join us in Bloomington on February 26-28. Early Bird pricing has expired, but you can still register for the conference ($225). (Thursday Extras are available at an additional cost).

We've had great response to the ICDC scholarship fund supported by the CDF Howard Bowers Fund. Unfortunately, the fund has been depleted and we are no longer accepting applications.  For those still needing assistance, you may apply to the Ralph K Morris Foundation.

Register now for UCUR 2015.

Questions? Contact Debbie Trocha at 317-692-7707 or at dtrocha@icdc.coop