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Co op Ambassador PowerPoint


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Co op Ambassador PowerPoint

  1. 1. MCM Co-op Ambassador Training
  2. 2. Overview: Co-op Question & Answers <ul><li>What is a Cooperative? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the MCM Co-op? </li></ul><ul><li>Where will we be located? </li></ul><ul><li>How was the site chosen? </li></ul><ul><li>Mission and Vision? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of membership? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I join the Co-op? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I join now? </li></ul><ul><li>How is our Co-op Financed? </li></ul><ul><li>When will the Co-op open? </li></ul><ul><li>How will the Co-op work with farmers? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits for our local economy? </li></ul><ul><li>Why YOU are so important! </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>An organization of people who work together </li></ul><ul><li>for a mutual benefit </li></ul><ul><li>All cooperatives are: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Member-owned </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Member-controlled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Democratically managed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses, not clubs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accountable to internationally recognized principles </li></ul></ul></ul>What is a Cooperative?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Local, natural, and healthy food for the Monadnock Region </li></ul><ul><li>A community gathering place, offering education around food issues. </li></ul>What is the MCM Co-op?
  5. 5. Where will we be located? How was the site chosen? Right in downtown Keene! Process of site selection: Market Study
  6. 6. Our Mission <ul><li>The Monadnock Community Market Co-op </li></ul><ul><li>welcomes neighbors, connects community, and </li></ul><ul><li>contributes economically to build a healthy & </li></ul><ul><li>sustainable food system and community . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Vision: How does the Community Benefit? <ul><li>Making healthy, local food accessible to our community members all year round </li></ul><ul><li>Creating more local jobs and keeping money in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the region’s farmers and producers and helping to preserve the rural landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Offering education and training to employees, members, and to the region </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Vision…continued <ul><li>Working with other businesses on sustainable development in the downtown </li></ul><ul><li>Serving as a community gathering place with workshops and community service programs </li></ul><ul><li>Helping to promote a strong local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Helping to create a walkable community by providing a community-owned food store in the downtown </li></ul>
  9. 9. What are the benefits of Membership? <ul><li>The STORE! </li></ul><ul><li>You have a voice in the business </li></ul><ul><li>If the Co-op does well, YOU do well </li></ul><ul><li>Investing in your community </li></ul><ul><li>Specials from local businesses </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do I join the Co-op? Why should I join now?
  11. 11. How is the Co-op Financed? <ul><li>MCM Co-op memberships : $200,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Member Loans : $800,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Donations & Grants : $35,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor Credit : $200,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Gap Loan : $125,000 </li></ul><ul><li>----------------- </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL: $1.36 Million </li></ul>
  12. 12. When will the Co-op open? <ul><li>January 2011 : Preliminary Store Design </li></ul><ul><li> Revised Pro Forma </li></ul><ul><li>April, 2011 : Launch Member Loan Drive </li></ul><ul><li> 600 Member-owners </li></ul><ul><li>July, 2011 : Begin Construction </li></ul><ul><li> Hire General Manager </li></ul><ul><li> 800 Member-owners </li></ul><ul><li>June 2012 : Open the Co-op doors! </li></ul><ul><li> 1,000 Member-owners </li></ul>
  13. 13. How will the Co-op work with Farmers? <ul><li>MCM Co-op </li></ul><ul><li>Local Producer Outreach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview local farmers and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>producers in our region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess their interest in selling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to the MCM Co-op </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a database that will be given to the Co-op’s Produce Manager (when hired) so s/he can contact them to coordinate selling to the MCM Co-op. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What are the economic benefits of food co-ops for employees/regional economy? <ul><li>Hire at least 45 staff to operate our store. </li></ul><ul><li>Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) study in 2007: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The average wage at the 17 food co-ops was 18% higher than the average for comparable food and beverage stores in the same states. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased more than $33 million in local products. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>You are the ambassadors of the co-op, helping to spread </li></ul><ul><li>the message about: </li></ul><ul><li>Who owns the Co-op (we do!) </li></ul><ul><li>How the co-op will benefit not only the member-owners, but the whole community and region. </li></ul><ul><li>Share why you joined! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask others to join. </li></ul>The Importance of Ambassadors
  16. 16. How can YOU help? <ul><li>Recruit new member-owners: </li></ul><ul><li>370 more by September 2011! </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Events Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Table at future outreach events. </li></ul><ul><li>Table at area businesses through our Cooperative Employer program. </li></ul><ul><li>Host a Co-op potluck/coordinate a potluck outside of Keene. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank You!