CDS Consulting Co-op

The cooperative difference is our competitive advantage. CDS Consulting Co-op is dedicated to building and strengthening cooperative businesses.

We use assessment, planning, resource access, training, coaching, support, and continuous improvement. We tailor our services to your needs in these comprehensive areas of development:

CBLD / Board Leadership Development

Expansion and Growth of Cooperatives

Human Resources Support

Membership Development

Operational and Financial Improvement

Consulting for Startup Co-ops

Our consultants specialize in working with food cooperatives to achieve growth, increase profitability, improve board leadership, strengthen management, and fully serve their members and community. Together, we have over 200 years of combined experience consulting with food co-ops and an average of 22 years in the industry.

We provide top-notch services that are comprehensive and personalized. Our consultants and programs have worked on over 500 projects helping cooperatives achieve their goals.

CDS Consulting Co-op members celebrate receiving the 2014 Howard Bowers Award for Innovation at CCMA, June 2014.

Front row: Thane Joyal, Joel Kopischke, Marilyn Scholl, Mark Goehring

Second row: Leslie Watson, Todd Wallace, Carolee Colter, Jeanie Wells, Patricia Cumbie, Ben Sandel

Third row: Rose Marie Klee, John Foley, Adam Schwartz, Michael Healy, Mel Braverman, Kevin Edberg, Nicole Klimek, Bill Gessner

Not present: Debbie Suassuna, Joan Stockinger, Kate Sumberg, Paul Feiner, Helena O’Connor, Art Sherwood, Mark Mulcahy, Walden Swanson, Pete Hodgson, and Melanie Reid

Areas of specialty, contact information and links to each consultant’s full description

CDS Consulting Wins Innovation Award at CCMA

The members of the CDS Consulting Co-op were deeply honored and humbled by the Howard Bowers Fund Award for Cooperative Innovation and Achievement bestowed on CDS CC at the 2014 Consumer Co-op Managers Association conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

It is certainly gratifying to be recognized for the programs we instigated, like Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD), Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance, and the Cooperative Cafe meeting series, as well as for the work we do in retail improvement, expansion and growth, and startup food co-op development.

We believe this award is shared by the many people at our local food co-ops and others working in partnership with us who have contributed their insights and ideas throughout the process of establishing these programs. Our ability to innovate is a direct result of the involvement of many people willing to combine their voices, talents and skills with a strong vision for cooperative success.