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Start Here

Format:  Panel/Lecture

The three sessions that make up this track are about the very root and core of what it is to be a food cooperative. We will cover why even choose the cooperative business model over other options to open our community grocery stores, the FCI startup food co-op framework that underpins every startup food co-op’s organizing, and the central role of your co-op’s vision in every piece of the work of building a thriving food cooperative.

Grocery Business Development

Format:  Training/Lecture

Your co-op’s goal is to build a financially sustainable retail grocery store that will be around to serve and empower your community for decades – and that takes a whole lot of know-how! This entire track is devoted to the financial feasibility work, site selection and negotiation process, store design, and building of your co-op’s retail grocery store. Put on your hard hats, and join us to learn about the intensive work of building the store your co-op owners dream of, as well as the numerous pitfalls to watch out for that can take your project off track.

Co-op Organizing

Format:  Training/Lecture

Before we can open a co-op grocery store, we have to build a co-op. Wait, isn’t the store the co-op? Nope! The co-op is its member/owners and values they have chosen to organize around, which can be served in many ways before the co-op’s grocery store is even open! The work of co-op organizing includes making the community aware of the co-op,co-op education, growing our ownership base, connecting the co-op to important people and orgs in our communities, empowering owners to be a part of building up the co-op, and delivering the co-op’s vision in creative ways pre-store opening.

Governance

Format:  Training/Lecture

Governance encompasses defining how we share power in our co-ops and creating accountability for the co-op’s well-being – and the primary responsibility for this belongs to the democratically-elected board of directors. When you’re on the board of a startup food co-op, pre-GM, it also means being a working board who is directly leading so many processes! This track dives into the core responsibilities of a startup co-op board as well as knowledge you’ll need to fulfill unique startup board responsibilities like tracking data, hiring your first GM, and manifesting the vision of your co-op’s owners in sustainable and powerful ways.

Funding Our Co-ops

Format:  Case Study/Lecture

How startup food co-ops funded the building and successful opening of their grocery store used to be pretty much the same for all startup food co-ops:  each pro forma financial plan looked pretty darn similar, with similar sources of capital. That all started to change about five years ago when new fiscal challenges to opening co-ops started being met by startup organizers in a burst of creative ways! This track will cover how funding sources have changed, creative funding sources found by other startups, classic funding sources that are still vital like owner capital campaigns and cooperative lenders, as well as the growing importance at building relationships to get funded.



Our Movement

Format:  Interactive/Hands-on

The startup food co-op movement is the innovative, forward-reaching frontier of the larger food co-op movement. In this track, we’ll continue our tradition of building new solutions and visioning a stronger, more just future for our movement. We’ll take a hard look at some of the pieces of our movement that are working against the anti-oppressive future we’re organizing for, hear presentations on new solutions for challenges startups have faced for years, and get a view into powerful movements within the startup food co-op movement and their work.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2024

Our 2024 Black-led Day theme is Echoes of Resilience: Black Co-op Legacies and Afro-Futurist Horizons. In this offering, Black cooperators will reflect on the rich and deep history of why we co-op, as well as dream forward on the Black cooperative movement. What do we have to do in this moment and in our lifetimes to ensure cooperatives continue sustaining our people 200 years from now? Prepare to be in space with our optional pre-reading recommendations:

Collective courage Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Until I’m free Fannie Lou Hamer
Black Fatigue: How racism erodes the mind, body and spirit Mary-Frances Winters

BLACK-LED SESSION 1

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome & Grounding



  • Interactive Socratic Circle

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 1





  • Lunch

  • Location – Glens 1



  • Closeout


  • Black-Led Track Gathering

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

BLACK-LED SESSION 2

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome & Grounding



  • Interactive Socratic Circle

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3





  • Lunch

  • Location – Glens 2-3



  • Closeout


  • Black-Led Track Gathering

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

CONFERENCE TOURS



  • Conference Tour 1 People’s Food Co-op



  • Conference Tour 2 People’s Food Co-op



  • Conference Tour 3 People’s Food Co-op

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2024

START HERE

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    What It Means to Be a Co-op

    Speaker – Allanah Hines


  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    Framework: An Introduction to the Startup Process

    Speaker – JQ Hannah




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    Framework Workshop

    Speakers – JQ Hannah and Angela Sayles




  • Break/Transition

  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

GROCERY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CO-OP ORGANIZING

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Communities: Harnessing Cooperative Models for Movement Building

    Speaker – Tamah Yisreal


  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    4 Pillars of Effective Startup Outreach

    Speaker – Bonnie Hudspeth




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Organizing Your Community Through Storytelling

    Speaker – Te’Jal Cartwright




  • Break/Transition

  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

GOVERNANCE

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Governing for the Long Haul: Early Stage Governance for the Working Board

    Speakers – Leslie Watson and Jade Barker


  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Board Chair Champions

    Speaker – Joel Kopischke




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Data Boot Camp: Storing and Leveraging Stakeholder Data

    Speaker – Grant Kessler




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    The Long & Winding Road: Sugar Beet case study

    Speaker – Peter Nolan


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

FUNDING OUR CO-OPS

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    The New Normal in Funding Sources

    Speaker – Don Moffitt


  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Nourishing Communities: The Vital Role of co-op Leners in Funding Start-up Food Co-ops

    Speakers – Tamah Yisrael, Dami Odetola, and Roderick McCulloch




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Reimagining Co-op Funding: Innovative Ideas and Brainstorming

    Speaker – Katie Novak




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Building the Relationships to Get the Grants

    Speakers – Angela Sayles, Three Sisters Market, Northside Co-op, and Suncoast Market


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

OUR MOVEMENT

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Dissecting the Definition of “Healthy”

    Speaker – Gabby Davis


  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Co-op Principles

    Speaker – LaDonna Sanders Redmond




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Principle 8

    Speaker – LaDonna Sanders Redmond




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Industry Knowledge = Power

    Speaker – Darnell Adams


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2024

START HERE

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome/Updates

  • Transition

  • Location – Praires 4


    Vision – Setting It; It’s Role in Your Work

    Speaker – JQ Hannah


  • Transition



  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Transition

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    It Takes a Village: a panel with Detroit People’s Food Co-op and their opening team

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2
    Closing Session/Wrap Up

GROCERY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome/Updates

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 1


    Searching for Financial Feasibility

    Speaker – Sarah Lebherz


  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 1


    The Store Opening Leadership Gap

    Speakers – Heather Lazickas and Sam McCormick




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 1


    A New Approach to Start-up Co-op Launch

    Speakers – Mark Goehring, Akil Talley, Chris Dilley, Wynston Estis, and Michelle Schry


  • Transition

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    It Takes a Village: a panel with Detroit People’s Food Co-op and their opening team

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2
    Closing Session/Wrap Up

CO-OP ORGANIZING

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome/Updates

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Volunteer Recruitment & Retention: Find ’em & Keep ’em Coming Back for More

    Speaker -Bonnie Hudspeth


  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Power of 1:1 Conversations

    Speaker – Darnell Adams




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    The Anti-Racist Path: White-led Startups Reimaging Democracy

    Speaker – Patrice Lockert Anthony


  • Transition

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    It Takes a Village: a panel with Detroit People’s Food Co-op and their opening team

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2
    Closing Session/Wrap Up

GOVERNANCE

FUNDING OUR CO-OPS

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome/Updates

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Are You Capital Campaign Ready?

    Speaker – Katie Novak


  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Planning and Implementing a GREAT Capital Campaign!

    Speaker – Ben Sandel




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Recalculating Route: When Proforma Changes Take Us Off Course

    Speakers – NCG


  • Transition

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    It Takes a Village: a panel with Detroit People’s Food Co-op and their opening team

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2
    Closing Session/Wrap Up

OUR MOVEMENT

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome/Updates

  • Transition

  • Location – Praires 5-6


    True Stories of Choosing Our Site (the good and the ugly!)

    Speakers – Hether Jonna Frayer and Chris Dilley


  • Transition

  • Location – Praires 5-6


    Indigenenous Co-op Dev

    Speaker – Bijiabe Begaye




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Praires 5-6


    White Saviorism in Co-ops – A Community Conversation

    Speaker – Bonnie Hudspeth


  • Transition

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    It Takes a Village: a panel with Detroit People’s Food Co-op and their opening team

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2
    Closing Session/Wrap Up

SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2024

Our 2024 Black-led Day theme is Echoes of Resilience: Black Co-op Legacies and Afro-Futurist Horizons. In this offering, Black cooperators will reflect on the rich and deep history of why we co-op, as well as dream forward on the Black cooperative movement. What do we have to do in this moment and in our lifetimes to ensure cooperatives continue sustaining our people 200 years from now? Prepare to be in space with our optional pre-reading recommendations:

Collective courage Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Until I’m free Fannie Lou Hamer
Black Fatigue: How racism erodes the mind, body and spirit Mary-Frances Winters

BLACK-LED SESSION 1

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome & Grounding



  • Interactive Socratic Circle

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 1





  • Lunch

  • Location – Glens 1



  • Closeout


  • Black-Led Track Gathering

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

BLACK-LED SESSION 2

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome & Grounding



  • Interactive Socratic Circle

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3





  • Lunch

  • Location – Glens 2-3



  • Closeout


  • Black-Led Track Gathering

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

CONFERENCE TOURS



  • Conference Tour 1 People’s Food Co-op



  • Conference Tour 2 People’s Food Co-op



  • Conference Tour 3 People’s Food Co-op

  • Location – Bell’s Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    U&C Conference Welcome Reception – hosted by PFC

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2024

START HERE

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    What It Means to Be a Co-op

    Speaker – Allanah Hines


  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    Framework: An Introduction to the Startup Process

    Speaker – JQ Hannah




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 4


    Framework Workshop

    Speakers – JQ Hannah and Angela Sayles




  • Break/Transition

  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

GROCERY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CO-OP ORGANIZING

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Communities: Harnessing Cooperative Models for Movement Building

    Speaker – Tamah Yisreal


  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    4 Pillars of Effective Startup Outreach

    Speaker – Bonnie Hudspeth




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Glens 2-3


    Organizing Your Community Through Storytelling

    Speaker – Te’Jal Cartwright




  • Break/Transition

  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

GOVERNANCE

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Governing for the Long Haul: Early Stage Governance for the Working Board

    Speakers – Leslie Watson and Jade Barker


  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Board Chair Champions

    Speaker – Joel Kopischke




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    Data Boot Camp: Storing and Leveraging Stakeholder Data

    Speaker – Grant Kessler




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Stone Theater


    The Long & Winding Road: Sugar Beet case study

    Speaker – Peter Nolan


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

FUNDING OUR CO-OPS

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    The New Normal in Funding Sources

    Speaker – Don Moffitt


  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Nourishing Communities: The Vital Role of co-op Leners in Funding Start-up Food Co-ops

    Speakers – Tamah Yisrael, Dami Odetola, and Roderick McCulloch




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Reimagining Co-op Funding: Innovative Ideas and Brainstorming

    Speaker – Katie Novak




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Oaks


    Building the Relationships to Get the Grants

    Speakers – Angela Sayles, Three Sisters Market, Northside Co-op, and Suncoast Market


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

OUR MOVEMENT

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Breakfast

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2

    Welcome

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Dissecting the Definition of “Healthy”

    Speaker – Gabby Davis


  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Co-op Principles

    Speaker – LaDonna Sanders Redmond




  • Lunch

  • Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Principle 8

    Speaker – LaDonna Sanders Redmond




  • Break/Transition

  • Location – Prairies 5-6


    Industry Knowledge = Power

    Speaker – Darnell Adams


  • Affinity Rooms (optional)

    Locations –
    Glens 1 – LGBTQ+
    Glens 2-3 – Black
    Prairies 5-6 – Indigeneous
    Prairie 4 – Latino/a/x
    Oaks – Asian American
    Stone Theater – Quiet Room

  • Location – Kalamazoo 1-2 and pre-function space

    Conference Reception

SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2024