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 Food Co-op Conference 2015
On Friday, February 27, 2015, people from new co-ops across the country will gather in Bloomington, Indiana for the 6th year of a conference known as UCUR: Up and Coming, Up and Running 2015. UCUR is a collaborative conference drawing from many co-op and industry resources.
This two-day gathering offers workshops concerning the three stages of new co-op development, from the very first work of community building, to financing and designing the store, to finally implementing systems and opening the doors.
UCUR also offers training for the staff and board members of new co-ops during their first years of operation, helping those co-ops that are Up and Running tweak their systems and achieve success.
Additional in-depth optional workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 26. Thursday tours of the five Bloomingfoods stores will give participants plenty of on-the-floor and back room operational insights.
You'll also have a chance to schedule one-on-one or small group meetings with our speakers and consultants. Attendees tell us that this opportunity is especially valuable.
The networking opportunities are also tremendous. And, in the end, it's just plain energizing (and fun) to get together, sharing stories about our challenges, progress and success.
Make plans now to join us in Bloomington on February 26-28. Register by January 31 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing, and save $50 off the conference fee of $225. (Thursday Extras are available at an additional cost).
Questions? Contact Debbie Trocha at 317-692-7707 or at email@example.com
FROM THE BLOG
The Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) received a $200,000 grant from USDA-RD to provide technical as