Up & Coming | Up & Running - Home

On Friday, February 28, 2014, people from new co-ops across the country gathered 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 offered 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 offered 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 were offered on Thursday, February 27. Suzi Carter of Food Co-op Initiative discussed Membership Recruitment. Tours of the 5 Bloomingfoods stores offered Lessons of the Locations, with on-the-floor and back room insights into operations.