Leveraging Co-ops for Business Success
A one-day conference for all Maine farmers & fishermen on the co-operative model of doing business
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine 9am to 5:30pm (Snow Date: Friday, January 20, 2012 same time, same place!)
- Learn exactly what a cooperatively-organized business is all about. What are the advantages, what are the different types of co-ops, and why might it make sense for your business? We’ll cover the nuts and bolts of co-ops.
- Connect with Experienced Co-operative Business People. What are the financing options for co-ops? What local resources are available for start-up, problem-solving and co-operative business development? Go home with connections and an action plan for moving your co-op business or idea forward.
- Celebrate 2012: International Year of Co-operatives. Hear first-hand stories from other farmers and fishermen about how they have implemented a co-operative business. What worked? What obstacles did they overcome and how?
Sponsored by The Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine and its members: Putting more Maine food on more Maine tables more often!
A delicious lunch made from locally-sourced farm and fisheries products will be prepared fresh for us by Local Sprouts Cooperative.
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The Eat Local Foods Coalition and its Supporters
The Eat Local Foods Coalition (ELFC) is a state-wide coalition that seeks to put more Maine food on more Maine tables more often. Doing so will result in economic benefits, greater local food security and sovereignty, enhanced health and nutrition and vibrant local food culture.
ELFC is a collaborative coalition of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals interested in creating a shift towards a locally-based food system that is economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and healthy.