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May 11th, 2011

WHAT IS A CO-OP?

  • A cooperative is a special form of business owned and managed by the people who provide and/or use goods and services. Resources are pooled to satisfy a common goal as economically and efficiently as possible.
  • As a locally-owned business, co-ops are committed to the people and the communities they serve. Member/Owners have a voice in what is available for purchase, as well as in the overall organization of their particular co-op. Member/Owners get the most buying power for their money, and the money stays in the community, contributing to its economic strength.
  • At Sevananda Natural Foods Market Member/Owners literally own the store, so membership benefits are much more than just the discount!

CO-OP PRINCIPLES

1. Voluntary/open membership

2. Democratic member control

3. Member economic participation

4. Autonomy and independence

5. Education, training and infor mation

6. Cooperation among cooperatives

7. Concern for Community

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Co-op Links

Co+op,  Stronger Together – StrongerTogether.coop is a place for people to gather on their food journey. It’s a place to find out more about what’s in your food, where it comes from, where you can find great food, how to prepare it, and a whole lot more. It’s also a place for consumers to talk with others about food topics they’re exploring, are passionate about, or even want to get involved in.

NCGA – The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is a business services cooperative for natural food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.

Georgia Organics – Georgia Organics is a member supported, non-profit organization integrating healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians. We believe food should be community-based, not commodity-based.

NCB – A federally- charted savings bank is the only bank in the United States dedicated to delivering nationwide banking products and solutions to cooperatives and other member-owned organizations throughout the country.

NCBA – NCBA demonstrates that cooperatives are a better business model for providing domestic and global social and economic progress. NCBA shares the same values system as most cooperatives.

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