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  • --The first food co-op in America, the Union Co-operative Association No. 1, was opened in South Philadelphia in 1862. --Led by Thomas Phillips, a group of 22 English immigrants gathered weekly to research, plan, and raise capital. The store opened at 917 Federal Street, just a block from Pat’s and Geno’s.
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  • [Thank your hosts, answer questions, and ask for their support. Some of the following questions can get you started] --Would you offer space to conduct meetings, volunteer orientations, general information meetings, or all committees meetings? --Would you write a piece in your newsletter to let your constituents know? --Will you keep us informed of any upcoming events? --Would you allow us to table at your events? --Would you like to join a committee or become more personally involved? --Would you tell your press contacts about us? --Can you direct us to any foundation or government grant programs you think helpful?

South Philly Food Co-op Spring Community Forum Presentation South Philly Food Co-op Spring Community Forum Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • March 21, 2011 Welcome!
  • Agenda
      • Who are we?
      • What is a co-op?
      • What have we done so far?
      • Membership Structure
      • Next Steps
      • Volunteer Opportunities
      • Q&A
      • Breakout groups
  • What is a co-op?
  • What is a co-op?
      • A co-op is a business that is owned by its members, workers, or producers.
      • It is democratically controlled. Each member-owner gets one vote.
      • The business model of a co-op can take many forms but is ultimately defined by the needs of the community.
      • There are about 5,000 active food co-ops in America, serving about three million people.
  • Co-op vs. buying club Member-owner of Co-op Subscriber to Corporate Club Membership Own an equity stake in a business in your community Recurring annual fees Participation Have a say in how business is run No participation Outcome Your money stays in your community Your money goes to public shareholders
  • A little history… 917 Federal Street
  • Some leading Consumer Co-ops Largest Consumer Co-op in the US Largest  Consumer Food Co-op in the US Largest Consumer Co-op in the World
  • What has the South Philly Food Co-op done so far?
      • Gather background (self-educate)  
      • Organize Steering Committee 
      • Research community interest 
      • Review findings/vote to incorporate - IN PROCESS
      • Recruit community - IN PROCESS
      • Planning and Financing - IN PROCESS
  • Our Current Committees
      • Steering
      • Outreach
      • Legal/Finance
  • Survey Results
  • Researching Community Interest
    • Survey results as of March 18, 2011
      • 448 completed online
      • 412 completed on paper
      • Total = 860
  • 1 – Not at all interested 7 – Very interested
  • Membership Structure
  • Why Should I Become a Member-Owner of the Co-op?
      • Membership = We own it, this is our business
      • Knowing where your food comes from
      • Member-owner equity
        • Without the equity from the owners, we can’t open the doors!
  • Being A Member-Owner
      • Equity contribution = $200
        • An investment in the business
        • Returned to you if you choose to no longer be a member
        • Payment plan will be available
        • NOT tax-deductible
      • Community volunteer hours = 8 hours per year per member -owner household
      • Volunteering is not just working in the store
      • A membership can represent a household unit, but will only receive one vote per member-owner household
  • Member-Owner Benefits
      • Can run for the board of directors
      • Each member-household receives one vote
      • Ability to petition for policy changes
      • Member-only specials and sales
      • Discounts/specials on services and products from local business partners
      • Community involvement and connections
  • What are the next steps?
  • Moving Forward
      • Incorporation
      • Membership equity drive (Summer 2011)
      • 2 nd Community Survey
      • Continued fundraising
      • Market analysis (6-12 months)
      • Secure Financing - MID 2012
      • Open the Doors - LATE 2012/EARLY 2013
  • VOLUNTEERING: We need your help to make this a reality!
  • What skills/experiences can you offer?
    • Do you like ….
      • Writing or blogging
      • Hosting parties or events
      • Cooking or baking
      • Talking to people/meeting your neighbors
    • Do you have experience in ...
      • Community organizing
      • Fundraising
      • Grant writing
      • IT/Programming
      • Graphic design, drawing, painting
      • Volunteer training
  • What skills/experiences can you offer?
    • Are you ….
      • Willing to lead an educational talk or book discussion?
      • A local business owner/manager and want to partner with us?
      • A performer who can put on a show as a fundraiser?
      • A professional chef/cook/baker?
    • Are you connected to ….
      • City officials?
      • Food-centric community organizations?
      • Potential food suppliers?
      • Sources of technology that you can donate?
  • Meet Your Community Breakout sessions post Q&A Fill out a survey Sign up to volunteer www.southphillyfoodcoop.org
  • Questions?