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September 2018

Save the Date: 2018 Worker Cooperative National Conference

September 14 @ 8:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm
La Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA United States + Google Map

Worker cooperators, unions, developers, allies, funders, investors, and visionaries — join us and the US Federation of Worker Cooperative this September! This moment in U.S. history is pivotal — the USFWC is taking this opportunity to catalyze workers across the country, joining with the larger cooperative and economic justice movements to create and maintain stable, empowering jobs through employee ownership. This three day conference in Los Angeles, California will make space for connection, education, skill-building, and sharing, for worker-owners and…

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October 2018

Save the Date: 2018 Co-op IMPACT Conference

October 3 - October 5
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S Orme St
Arlington, VA 22204 United States
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Save the date for the 2018 Co-op Impact Conference: October 3 – 5, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. This pivotal cooperative event brings together a broad spectrum of cooperative sectors to build on and amplify the economic impact co-ops have in the U.S. and internationally. CDI is a member of NCBA CLUSA, the oldest not-for-profit cooperative development and trade association in the United States.

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Workshop on Worker-owned Cooperatives

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Local Sprouts Cooperative, 649 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Free

Worker-owned co-ops are a powerful tool to grow economic democracy, worker control, and community wealth. Through this workshop, people will hear about inspiring examples of worker-owned co-ops in Maine and beyond, and learn how they can start up a worker-owned cooperative or convert an existing business into a co-op. We will also talk together about the potential for more worker-owned co-ops in Portland. Presented by Jonah Fertig-Bird, Director of Cooperative Food Systems at the Cooperative Development Institute. A Co-founder of…

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Maine ROC Co-op Month Celebration 2018

October 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, 2 Dresden Ave,
Gardiner, ME United States
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Free

Maine ROCs (Resident Owned Communities) Come Celebrate with us! Join us for a day of networking and partnerships! Morning agenda: ROC USA State of the Union, ROC Maine- State of the Union, Partnerships for Maine ROC Residents! Coffee and Muffins provided for breakfast. Pizza for lunch- bring a side, salad or dessert if you are able! Afternoon will be time to mingle, network and some fun! Kindly RSVP by October 23rd https://goo.gl/forms/9Hnu3nKC0xs3fH8l2

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MA Co-op & Social Enterprise Festival

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gasoline Alley, 250 Albany St.
Springfield, MA United States
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Free

Wellspring Cooperative is helping to organize a Co-op & Social Enterprise Festival in partnership with Gasoline Alley, a social enterprise incubator located at 250 Albany St., Springfield, Sunday October 28, 2018 from 12-4:00pm. Gasoline Alley's annual festival to showcase their social enterprises draws 250 plus visitors and this year. This year they are adding a co-op component will help to make the event bigger and better. Join the Celebration and have fun! There will be music, workshops, entertainment, food, and…

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November 2018

Selling Up: Business Succession in Maine’s Food Based Economy

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Southern Maine-Abromson Community Education Center, Bedford St.
Portland, ME United States
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Free

Selling a food-based business while maintaining its essential character and role in the local food economy is no small task. It's never too early to start planning! Come learn from Maine experts and food-based business owners, farmers, and fishermen who have successfully transitioned their businesses, be it to their employees, their children, or to unrelated buyers. Choose from break-out sessions on worker ownership models, legal and financial considerations, family dynamics, and more. Cooperative Development Institute’s Rob Brown will be one…

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Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 4 - November 6
Point Lookout Lincolnville, ME United States + Google Map

MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference … Is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. Is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. Features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals. Features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, in which one half is dedicated to talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and the other to a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize…

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Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine

November 10 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Maine Augusta Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

“What would it look like if we had an economy that put people and environment before corporate profits?”On Saturday, November 10 we will gather together to create a new vision for democracy and Maine ’s economy. “Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine” is a conference that will include a wide-ranging discussion of issues working toward the ideals and ideas of Economic Democracy. Moving from broad visions, we will develop practical actions and strategies. The Cooperative Development Institute is…

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BALLE Shift Capital Summit

November 14 - November 16
Alisomar Pacific Grove, CA United States + Google Map

Our work to build healthy, equitable local economies is complex. Many different people must come together, explore their relationships to each other, and coordinate across the ecosystem that makes up a community, to address shared challenges. If you seek to create local economies that work for all, you have a role to play. At the BALLE Shift Capital Summit, we will strategize together on how to accelerate the flow of financial and social capital to the visionary leaders who are doing critical…

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December 2018

Maine Farmland Access and Transfer Conference

December 3
Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

For farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners & service providers. Join us for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. Are you a farmer wondering what will happen when you’re ready to stop farming? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner thinking about making your property available for farming? Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?…

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