In early 2011, the ICDC was contacted by Organic Valley and asked to assist a group of 80 organic milk producers in northern Indiana form a cooperative to purchase a local organic feed mill. The steering committee met bi-weekly throughout 2012 with a goal of completing the project by early 2013.
We help develop and launch cooperative organizations in Indiana.
Indiana Cooperative Development Center provides innovative, results-oriented, and cost-effective services to cooperatives and related organizations.
We can help you with…
- strategic planning
- marketing analysis
- feasibility studies
- business plans
- staff training
A nonprofit located in Indianapolis, our knowledgeable staff has aided the development and launch of cooperatives of all kinds.
UP & COMING, UP & RUNNING
On Friday, February 28, 2014, people from new co-ops across the country will gather in Bloomington, Indiana for the 5th year of a conference known as UCUR (it sounds like "euchre"): Up and Coming, Up and Running 2014.
Focused on the needs of new co-ops, this 2-day conference offers workshops concerning all 3 Stages of new co-op development, from the very first steps at community building, to financing and designing the store, and finally opening the doors. It also offers training for the staff and board of new co-ops in the first years of operation, helping those that are Up and Running tweak their systems and achieve success.
Two additional in-depth optional workshops are offered for Thursday, February 27. Suzi Carter of Food Co-op Initiative will discuss Membership Recruitment. Tours of the 5 Bloomingfoods stores offer Lessons of the Locations, with on-the-floor and back room insights into operations.
FROM THE BLOG
Shake off those cold winter blues! Come celebrate spring with a variety of local, cooperative and small farmers/producers at the Viroqua Food Co-op's second annual Principle Six (P6) Producers Tailgate Party, Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m.