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January 2018

New Economy Summit: Building A Resilient Social Venture Ecosystem

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Worcester State University Student Center, 486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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Free - $100
Banner image for the New Economy Summit, reading: "Building A Resilient Social Venture Ecosystem"

CDI partner Worcester Roots and the Social Venture Collaborative are organizing the 2nd annual New Economy Summit. The event will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world. This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration. Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to strengthen a regional ecosystem and…

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March 2018

Presentation for Union of Maine Visual Artists

March 14 @ 7:00 pm
Kimball Studios, 191 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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You are invited to join the Union of Maine Visual Artists in Lewiston for a presentation by Jonah Fertig-Burd. In addition to the work Jonah does with CDI—helping people create cooperatives in the food system—he has a background in performance and installation art, music, art show curation, puppetry, and drawing, and is excited to share opportunities for artists to cooperate to meet their shared needs. Jonah’s presentation will be interactive and will explore opportunities for more arts cooperatives.  

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Farmers Market Managers Professional Development Seminar

March 22 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
College of the Holy Cross Hogan Student Center, 1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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Cartons of strawberries and blueberries

Join CDI for this year's Farmers Market Managers Professional Development Seminar. CDI is the proud financial sponsor of the seminar and Lynda Brushett, a Senior Partner with CDI, served on the workshop's planning committee and will facilitate sections of the day. Here's what farmers' market managers have to look forward to on March 22: 8:45 am – 9:00 am: Welcome and Introductions 9:00 am – 10:00 am: General Session: Staying Relevant in a Changing Retail Food Landscape On-line food shopping…

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April 2018

Learning Through Cooperative Connections: Annual Principle Six Conference

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street
Rockland, ME United States
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Man addresses room full of workshop participants, gesturing with hands

Once a year, co-op supporters from across Maine get together to meet, network, share experiences, and learn how we can work together to grow Maine's cooperative economy. This includes: worker co-ops, Resident Owned Communities (ROCs), housing co-ops, consumer co-ops, credit unions, lobster co-ops, farmer co-ops, other co-ops, and anyone else who is interested in cooperatives. Whether you are a seasoned co-op member, or are new to the idea and interested in learning more, we would love for you to join…

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“OWNING OUR FUTURE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY”

April 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617 United States
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We at CDI are very excited to attend the upcoming 16th annual North Country Symposium, hosted by St. Lawrence University. This year’s Symposium will include the following: Mr. Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association and formerly Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs to the White House Domestic Policy Council, will discuss the history and role of joint ownership businesses in rural economies, share case studies, and what is possible in the North Country in a keynote…

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Spring Regional ROC Leadership Gathering

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Town & Country Community, 43 Mountain Ash Dr 
Kingston, MA 02364 United States
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Please accept our invitation to join us for CDI's Spring Regional ROC Leadership Gathering! Everyone is welcome to attend. The gathering is free for members of ROCs in the ROC USA network and $25 for non-ROC network attendees. RSVPs are recommended, but not mandatory. Please RSVP by sending an email to Maureen Carroll Dennis at mcarrolldennis@cdi.coop. CDI Regional Gathering at Town & Country Community Agenda 9 - 9:30 am Light breakfast/coffee 9:30 - 10:30 am Keynote and Panel:  Cooperation Among Co-ops…

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Co-op 101 Forum with Presentation by Jeanee Wright

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Crosby Center, 96 Church St
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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Join Jeanee Wright, Cooperative Development Specialist in CDI’s NEROC Program, for a Co-op 101 Forum at the Crosby Center in Belfast, Maine on April 25. The event is organized by Belfast Co-op Public Events.

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May 2018

2018 Cooperative Hall of Fame – Honoring ROC USA’s Paul Bradley & Remembering Roger Willcox

May 2 @ 6:00 pm
The National Press Club Washington, D.C., DC United States + Google Map

ROC USA’s founding President, Paul Bradley, has been voted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame! He will be inducted during a ceremony at the Hall of Fame dinner May 2, 2018, in Washington, D.C. View all the event information here. As CDI celebrates our partner Paul Bradley, we also remember our former board member and Co-op Hall of Famer, Roger Willcox. Roger Willcox (1920-2017) was involved with housing cooperatives and communities for over six decades. In his later years he…

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Your Business in the Future: Workshop at the PenBay Chamber

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1 Park Street
Rockland, ME United States
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The main street in Rockland, Maine

All that work has built the business, but where does it go from here? Converting your business to employee ownership might be the right next step for you and what you’ve worked to create. A free workshop at the PenBay Chamber will help you learn whether employee-owned cooperative might be right for you and your business, either soon or sometime in the future. Ownership by employees is a good solution to the problem of retaining critical staff, restructuring for growth…

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Belfast Screening of “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream”

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Crosby Center, 96 Church St
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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We the Owners movie poster with hands holding up a factory

Cooperative Maine Business Alliance presents: We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream The compelling story of 3 small businesses’ path to worker ownership, told by the workers themselves. Lives and workplaces are transformed when becoming a cooperative introduces the possibility of a future previously unimaginable. “Visually beautiful and emotionally compelling, shows what employee ownership means to real companies and to real people. Employee shareholders tell us in their own words about surmounting the challenges of working in a company…

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