The Emergence of Co-operative Business Associations, NCBA Conference, 2013

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The Emergence of Co-operative Business Associations, NCBA Conference, 2013

  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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