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2013 Annual Cooperatives
Conference

The	
  Emergence	
  of	
  
Coopera0ve	
  Business	
  	
  
Associa0ons	
  	
  
Moderat...
2013 Annual Cooperatives
Conference

Aus0n	
  Coopera0ve	
  
Business	
  Associa0on	
  
Brian	
  Donovan	
  
	
  
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Aus0n	
  Coopera0ve	
  Business	
  Associa0on	
  
	
   	
   	
   	
  How	
  we	
  got	
  started	
  
	
  

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Start...
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Aus0n	
  Coopera0ve	
  Business	
  Associa0on	
  

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Raised	
  $90k	
  for	
  staffing	
  and	
  prog...
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Aus0n	
  Coopera0ve	
  Business	
  Associa0on	
  

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Challenges:	
  	
  
Establishing	
  ACBA	
  as...
2013 Annual Cooperatives
Conference

Valley	
  Co-­‐opera0ve	
  
Business	
  Associa0on	
  
Erbin	
  Crowell	
  
The	
  Importance	
  of	
  Networks	
  
“Co-­‐opera0ves	
  serve	
  their	
  members	
  most	
  
effec0vely	
  and	
  stren...
Obstacles	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Lack	
  of	
  Local,	
  Regional	
  Co-­‐op	
  Networks	
  
Whose	
  Job	
  is	
  It?	
  
Ov...
Result	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Isolated	
  Enterprises	
  in	
  Hos0le	
  Marketplace	
  
Lack	
  of	
  Policy	
  Influen...
 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Local,	
  Cross	
  Sector	
  Collabora0on	
  
NCBA	
  “On	
  the	
  Ground”	
  
Dialog	
  on	
  Shared	
...
Elements	
  of	
  Success	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
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Commifed	
  Leadership	
  Group	
  
Cross	
  Sector	
  Presence	
  
Ex...
Our	
  Opportunity	
  
• 
• 
• 
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• 
	
  

Recogni0on	
  of	
  Impact	
  &	
  Poten0al	
  of	
  Co-­‐ops	
  
Reinvigorate...
The	
  Key	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 

Regional	
  Co-­‐op	
  Networks	
  
Cross	
  Sector,	
  Cross	
  Economy	
  
Co-­‐op	
  Led,	
...
Looking	
  Forward	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 

VCBA	
  to	
  MCBA	
  –	
  Statewide	
  Organiza0on?	
  
Sharing	
  Our	
  Model	
  wi...
2013 Annual Cooperatives
Conference

Philadelphia	
  	
  Area	
  
Coopera0ve	
  Alliance	
  
Bob	
  Noble	
  
PACA	
  
•  Philadelphia	
  Area	
  Coopera0ve	
  Alliance	
  
•  www.philadelphia.coop	
  
•  First	
  mee0ng	
  January	...
PACA	
  

Organiza0onal	
  Iden0ty	
  
•  Trade	
  Associa0on	
  
•  Coopera0ve	
  development	
  
center	
  (501c3)	
  
•...
PACA	
  

Organiza0onal	
  Structure	
  
• Membership	
  
• Board	
  
• Paid	
  staff	
  
2013 Annual Cooperatives Conferen...
PACA	
  

Areas	
  of	
  Focus	
  
•  Co-­‐op	
  Development	
  
•  Educa0on	
  and	
  research	
  
•  Public	
  Policy	
 ...
PACA	
  

Chronology:	
  
• 
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• 
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January	
  2012—City	
  Council	
  resolu0on	
  
June	
  2012—Drexel	
  Unive...
PACA	
  

Commifees:	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Communica0ons	
  
Economic	
  Impact	
  Study	
  
Educa0on	
  
Finance	
  
...
Future:	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 

PACA	
  

Member	
  recruitment	
  
Hire	
  staff	
  (NCBA)	
  
Development	
  projects	
  
Outrea...
 

www.philadelphia.coop	
  

2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
2013 Annual Cooperatives
Conference

Dane	
  Coopera0ve	
  
Alliance	
  
Holly	
  Fearing	
  
What’s	
  been	
  happening	
  in	
  Madison?	
  
•  2011	
  –	
  2013:	
  Co-­‐op	
  Connec0on	
  
•  2012	
  –	
  2013:	...
What	
  we	
  DIDN’T	
  want	
  to	
  do:	
  
•  Be	
  redundant	
  –	
  Madison	
  already	
  has	
  a	
  lot	
  of	
  co...
Statement	
  of	
  Purpose:	
  

Dane	
  Coopera0ve	
  Alliance’s	
  mission	
  is	
  to	
  
grow	
  and	
  strengthen	
  ...
To	
  achieve	
  our	
  mission,	
  	
  
we	
  will	
  focus	
  our	
  efforts	
  on	
  	
  
three	
  target	
  audiences:	...
A	
  few	
  project	
  ideas	
  	
  
and	
  goals…	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  

Educa0on:	
  
•  Co-­‐op	
  Café—	
  fast-­‐paced	
...
Contact	
  Us!	
  

Thank	
  you!	
  
2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
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  1. 1. 2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference The  Emergence  of   Coopera0ve  Business     Associa0ons     Moderator:     Tom  Decker,  Director,  Coopera0ve  Development,  NCBA  CLUSA       Panelists:     •  Brian  Donovan,  Aus0n  Coopera0ve  Business  Associa0on     •  Erbin  Crowell,  NCBA  CLUSA  Board  Member,  Valley  Coopera0ve   Business  Associa0on     •  Bob  Noble,  Philadelphia  Area  Coopera0ve  Alliance     •  Holly  Fearing,  CUNA  Mutual  Group    
  2. 2. 2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference Aus0n  Coopera0ve   Business  Associa0on   Brian  Donovan    
  3. 3. l  Aus0n  Coopera0ve  Business  Associa0on          How  we  got  started     l  Started  in  2010  as  the  Aus0n  Co-­‐op  Think  Tank   l  Planning  retreat  August  2011   l  Panel  at  NCBA  Conference  2011  and  2012   l  Aus0n  Co-­‐op  Summit  January  2013   l  Fundraising  and  Planning  first  half  of  2013   l  ACBA  started  in  June  2013  as  a  subsidiary  of  NCBA   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  4. 4. l  Aus0n  Coopera0ve  Business  Associa0on   l  l  l  l  Raised  $90k  for  staffing  and  programing  through   December  2014   $50k  from  NCBA,  $40k  from  local  sources  so  far   S0ll  looking  for  a  credit  union  and  electric  co-­‐op  to   become  founding  members   Working  on  bylaws,  policies,  and  dues  structure  for   ongoing  independent  opera0ons     2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  5. 5. l  Aus0n  Coopera0ve  Business  Associa0on   l  l  l  l  Challenges:     Establishing  ACBA  as  a  sustainable  business   associa0on   Developing  a  public  campaign  to  raise  the  profile  of   the  coopera0ve  business  model   Educa0ng  economic  development  community   including  local  government  to  get  them  to   encourage  coopera0ve  business  development   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  6. 6. 2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve   Business  Associa0on   Erbin  Crowell  
  7. 7. The  Importance  of  Networks   “Co-­‐opera0ves  serve  their  members  most   effec0vely  and  strengthen  the  co-­‐opera0ve   movement  by  working  together  through  local,   na0onal,  regional  and  interna0onal   structures.”     6th  Principle  of  the  Co-­‐opera0ve  Iden0ty   Interna0onal  Co-­‐opera0ve  Alliance   www.ica.coop     Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  8. 8. Obstacles   •  •  •  •  •  Lack  of  Local,  Regional  Co-­‐op  Networks   Whose  Job  is  It?   Overlap,  Compe00on,  Roles     Lack  of  Alignment  among  Exis0ng  Networks   Rhetoric  of  Collabora0on   –  Do  We  Have  a  Common  Iden0ty,  Interests?   –  What’s  in  it  for  my  Co-­‐op  and  my  Members?   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  9. 9. Result   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Isolated  Enterprises  in  Hos0le  Marketplace   Lack  of  Policy  Influence   Missing  from  Community  Development  Dialog   Absent  from  Educa0onal  Ins0tu0ons   Irrelevant  to  Poten0al  Members,  Co-­‐opreneurs   Lost  Business  Opportuni0es   Limited  Par0cipa0on  in  the  NCBA   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  10. 10.   •  •  •  •  •  Local,  Cross  Sector  Collabora0on   NCBA  “On  the  Ground”   Dialog  on  Shared  Interests  (2010)   Panel  at  NCBA  Conference  (2011)   Incorporated  as  a  Co-­‐op  (2012):   –  –  –  –  Franklin  Community  Co-­‐op   Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on   UMASS  Five  College  Fed  Credit  Union   Valley  Alliance  of  Worker  Co-­‐ops   •  Focus  on  Professional  Networking,  Shared  Marke0ng   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  11. 11. Elements  of  Success   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Commifed  Leadership  Group   Cross  Sector  Presence   Exis0ng  Sector  Associa0ons   Co-­‐op  Led,  Co-­‐op  Priori0es   Incorporated  as  Co-­‐op   Clear  Vision,  Mission   Focus:  “Low  Hanging  Fruit”   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  12. 12. Our  Opportunity   •  •  •  •  •    Recogni0on  of  Impact  &  Poten0al  of  Co-­‐ops   Reinvigorated  Co-­‐opera0ve  Movement   Engaged  Ac0vists,  Academics,  Policy  Makers   New  Co-­‐ops,  Business  Conversions   Powerful  Vision  for  the  Co-­‐opera0ve  Decade   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  13. 13. The  Key   •  •  •  •  Regional  Co-­‐op  Networks   Cross  Sector,  Cross  Economy   Co-­‐op  Led,  Co-­‐opera0vely  Organized   Focused  on  Business  Opportuni0es   –  Marke0ng,  B2B,  Sharing  Members   •  Aligned  with  NCBA   –  Membership,  Development,  Policy  Engagement   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  14. 14. Looking  Forward   •  •  •  •  VCBA  to  MCBA  –  Statewide  Organiza0on?   Sharing  Our  Model  with  Other  Regions   Long  Term  Funding,  Opera0onal  Structure   Exploring  Integra0on  with  NCBA   –  Shared  Membership  Development   –  Policy,  Development,  Educa0on  Coordina0on   –  Coordina0on  &  Collabora0on  among  CBAs   Erbin  Crowell,  Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐op  Associa0on    //    www.nfca.coop   Valley  Co-­‐opera0ve  Business  Associa0on    //  www.  vcba.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  15. 15. 2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference Philadelphia    Area   Coopera0ve  Alliance   Bob  Noble  
  16. 16. PACA   •  Philadelphia  Area  Coopera0ve  Alliance   •  www.philadelphia.coop   •  First  mee0ng  January  2011   •  Mission:  to  improve  the  lives  of  people  in  the   Philadelphia  region  by  suppor0ng  democra0cally   organized  businesses,  promo0ng  the  principles  of   the  interna0onal  coopera0ve  movement,  and   growing  the  coopera0ve  economy.   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  17. 17. PACA   Organiza0onal  Iden0ty   •  Trade  Associa0on   •  Coopera0ve  development   center  (501c3)   •  Coopera0ve  business   services  company   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  18. 18. PACA   Organiza0onal  Structure   • Membership   • Board   • Paid  staff   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  19. 19. PACA   Areas  of  Focus   •  Co-­‐op  Development   •  Educa0on  and  research   •  Public  Policy   •  Support   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  20. 20. PACA   Chronology:   •  •  •  •  •  •  January  2012—City  Council  resolu0on   June  2012—Drexel  University  co-­‐op  conf.   November  2012—Co-­‐op  Summit   February  2013—Incorpora0on  as  a  co-­‐op   June  2013—Bylaws  and  dues  structure   May-­‐August  2013—Founding  members   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  21. 21. PACA   Commifees:   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Communica0ons   Economic  Impact  Study   Educa0on   Finance   Public  Policy   Loan  Fund   Bylaws/501c3   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  22. 22. Future:   •  •  •  •  PACA   Member  recruitment   Hire  staff  (NCBA)   Development  projects   Outreach  to  strategic  allies   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  23. 23.   www.philadelphia.coop   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  24. 24. 2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference Dane  Coopera0ve   Alliance   Holly  Fearing  
  25. 25. What’s  been  happening  in  Madison?   •  2011  –  2013:  Co-­‐op  Connec0on   •  2012  –  2013:  Principle  6  Luncheon   •  2012:  Madison  Coopera0ve                          Jobs  Conference       From  these  events,  a  group  of  individuals     from  a  variety  of  co-­‐op  sectors  came  together     to  con0nue  the  coopera0ve  conversa0ons…   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  26. 26. What  we  DIDN’T  want  to  do:   •  Be  redundant  –  Madison  already  has  a  lot  of  co-­‐op  support  in  terms  of   advocacy  and  development;  we  don’t  need  to  overlap   •  Be  useless  –  If  local  co-­‐ops  don’t  find  value  in  what  we’re  offering,  why  do   it?   •  Be  ineffec0ve  –  Other  groups  have  started  strong  and  fizzled  out.  How  can   we  avoid  a  similar  fate?       What  we  DID  want  to  do:   •  Fill  a  gap  –  Even  in  this  prime  co-­‐op  environment,  there  are  needs  not   being  met.  We  can  help  with  that.   •  Make  a  difference  –  We  believe  we  can  make  real  and  tangible  progress   toward  the  shared  goal  of  growing  the  local  coopera0ve  economy!   •  Form  a  coopera0ve  alliance  –  and  here’s  what  happened…     2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  27. 27. Statement  of  Purpose:   Dane  Coopera0ve  Alliance’s  mission  is  to   grow  and  strengthen  the  coopera0ve   economy  in  Wisconsin  through   marke0ng,  business  collabora0on,  local   legisla0ve  ac0on  and  educa0on.         Together  with  coopera0ve  businesses  and  other  organiza0ons  that  believe  in  the   coopera0ve  values,  we  strive  to  create  an  economy  where  acceptance  of  and   ac0ve  par0cipa0on  in  the  coopera0ve  model  among  businesses,  local  government   and  individuals  is  standard  prac0ce.       2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  28. 28. To  achieve  our  mission,     we  will  focus  our  efforts  on     three  target  audiences:       •  Local  Coopera0ve  Businesses:  to  create  collabora0ve  marke0ng/branding   opportuni0es  and  expand  their  impact  through  connec0ons  to  one  another   •  City/County  Government:  to  represent  the  coopera0ve  voice  on  local  govt.   commifees  and  encourage  city/county  level  communica0on  and  interac0on.   •  Consumers:  to  educate  on  the  economic,  environmental  and  social  benefits  of   the  model  and  build  a  culture  of  ac0ve  coopera0ve  par0cipa0on.       2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  29. 29. A  few  project  ideas     and  goals…         Educa0on:   •  Co-­‐op  Café—  fast-­‐paced  learning  sessions  focused  on  specific  co-­‐op  topics  with   panel  of  speakers  in  interview  style,  informal  sepng.   Collabora0on:   •  Local  coopera0ve  directory—lis0ng  of  area  co-­‐ops  presented  in  a  ‘welcome   packet’  for  new  members  to  learn  of  other  co-­‐op  business  op0ons  in  the  area.   Culture:   •  Measure  the  good—  ra0ng  system  to  inform  consumers  of  the  true  value  of  their   products,  not  just  in  dollars,  but  also  in  social  and  environmental  value.       2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
  30. 30. Contact  Us!   Thank  you!   2013 Annual Cooperatives Conference
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