Project Management for Start-Ups, CCMA June 7, 2013
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What is the role of the start-up Project Manager (vs. community organizer)? What activities are they responsible for, what skills and experience should they have, and how do you hire your co-op’s ...

What is the role of the start-up Project Manager (vs. community organizer)? What activities are they responsible for, what skills and experience should they have, and how do you hire your co-op’s first Project Manager? This presentation gets into the details of the start-up Project Manager's role in co-op development.

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Project Management for Start-Ups, CCMA June 7, 2013 Project Management for Start-Ups, CCMA June 7, 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Project Managementfor Start-UpsBonnie HudspethCCMA Conference, June 7, 2013
  • Overview• Intro• How Can You Afford a Project Manager?• What’s Your Role?• What Needs to Be Done?• Leadership Structure• Who’s Your Network?• What’s in the Works--with Jake S.• Questions
  • My Story1. Meeting my ownneed2. Meeting mycommunity’s need3. Meeting ourregion’s needNETWORK OF FOODCO-OPS, New EnglandMONADNOCK FOODCO-OP, KeeneHAPPY CO-OPSHOPPER
  • Two Different Projects1. Organizing the structure for a democraticAssociation2. Setting up agrocery store
  • What’s Your Role?• Manage risk• See the big picture• What needs to be done?• Plan (& analyze)!• Empower others
  • How Can You Afforda Project Manager?• How can you not?• Brainstorm list of funding sources• Get out there and ask!
  • Leadership StructureBUILD & TRAIN YOUR TEAMS• Volunteer teams• Responsibility?• Train the trainers
  • Create an EpidemicINVEST in relationships. Find & engage:ConnectorsMavensSales People
  • What Needs to be Done?What do establishedco-op stores do whenthey want to expand?Milestones:Who, How, What?Lunch Dates with Joe(Prioritizing Time)
  • Weekly Average of Time Spent10% Communications with Community50% Volunteer Support and Management20% Membership recruitment &Community Partnerships10% Board Support10% Consultants & Other Co-op Associations
  • Analyze
  • Leadership RenewalBiggest hurdle?Between Major EventsREFRESH Your Team
  • Preparing to Open• Put Your Membersto Work!• Get out into theCommunity• Volunteer Greeters
  • No Longer ___ing in Isolation• Peer Support• Find expertise• Learn
  • Who’s Your Network?Neighboring Food Co-ops:• 33 Co-ops & Start-Ups• 80,000 memberships• 1,450 employees• $28.6 million in wages• $200 million revenue• $33 million in localpurchaseswww.nfca.coop/members
  • • Systems & Support• Roles• Structure of Teams & “Campaign”Planning = Key
  • You are Creatinga Business That:• Community ownership & control• Focus on service, meeting needs before profit• Develop local skills & assets• Ability to assemble limited resources• Regional economic efficiencies• Low business failure rate & are long-lived• Difficult to move or buy-out• Separate community wealth from speculative markets• Mobilize member, customer and supplier loyalty…
  • What’s in the WorksContact:Jake.Schlachter@gmail.com937.838.4404
  • Questions?
  • Bonnie Hudspeth, Outreach CoordinatorNeighboring Food Co-op Associationbonnie@nfca.coop // www.nfca.coopwww.facebook.com/neighboringIYOur Co-ops!The Neighboring Food Co-op Association // www.nfca.coop