Thoughts and success stories

How to become the most connected community in Canada

You might not expect to find the country’s best internet in a rural setting, but folks in Olds, Alberta play by their own rules. Nominated…

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Sex, succession and the co-op model

It’s Valentine’s Day. For some folks, this means a great deal. Others (no judgement) let it pass without bothering to note its peculiar significance in…

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10 things you often aren’t told when you become a board member

Set aside personal biases As a director, all the decisions you make at the board table should be in the best interest of the organization….

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How farmers benefit from ag equipment co-ops

Farming is expensive. The cost of the machinery and labour required to run a farm is daunting, and many farmers are having to take on…

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What it means to explore an opportunity

Opportunity costs Taking an opportunity from idea to reality requires time and resources. It also shuts the door on what might have been had you…

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Another 3 co-ops you probably didn’t know were co-ops

As we’ve noted in past blogs, co-operatives operate in all industries, often going unnoticed. Many co-operatives have recognizable brands, but do not necessarily tout their business…

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RedHat Co-operative: a producer co-op success story

For over 50 years, RedHat Co-operative has been supplying western Canada with fresh, greenhouse-grown vegetables. The name, RedHat, stems from the co-operative’s original shareholders’ greenhouses…

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Every co-op needs a champion

Co-operatives are, by definition, a group effort. But, like any new venture, co-ops need an entrepreneurial “champion” to push the vision forward. In Fraser Lake…

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Community Service Co-ops and Non-Profits – What’s the Difference?

Choosing the business model for a venture, even a non-profit one, should be based on practical reasons. But, spotting the difference between models is not…

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Top 5 Things Every New Co-op Needs

Co-operatives First’s Aasa Marshall with Marty Frost and Shellie Gleave in Fraser Lake, BC.   Marty Frost is an icon in the co-op sector. Through…

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How co-operatives measure up in charitable giving

Giving Tuesday is a global giving event that takes place every year just after American Thanksgiving. This year the project collected over 1.64 million gifts and…

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How the National Housing Strategy Will Impact Co-ops

On November 22, National Housing Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national housing strategy for Canada. The strategy outlines a commitment of $40 billion…

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Are we done with producer co-ops?

Producer co-ops are a model we don’t hear discussed much anymore. Today, much of the awareness of co-operatives is fuelled (no pun intended) by consumer…

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Grow your community by investing locally

“We ended up deciding on the co-op model because we wanted to move money that either exists in our investment portfolios sitting on Wall Street…

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Buying Into Co-operative Housing: How Does it Work?

If you are interested in buying into co-operative housing, you may be wondering how it works. Affordability is one of the key characteristics of co-operative housing….

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6 ways to make your co-op more successful

A few things shareholders, members and directors can do to help make their co-op more successful.

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What co-ops can teach you about rural life

Co-ops and rural economies have a closely linked history. Here are a few things co-ops can teach you about rural life in western Canada.

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Powering the North: Co-ops and Renewables

Renewable energy sources have the potential to be a boon for remote, northern communities – that is, if these communities can get them.

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How Co-ops Can Help Solve Canada’s Succession Planning Problem

Trillions of dollars in business assets are about to change hands in North American small business, and succession planning is the most overlooked part of a business plan. This is a problem, especially for rural communities.

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The Alaska Village Electric Co-operative

Most of us take electricity for granted. But for remote northern communities without roads, built on tundra and far from neighbouring towns, procuring a stable source of power isn’t easy.

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How co-operatives are better than corporations

 (and one important way they aren’t)

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