Participation

Participation

CDS Consulting Co-op knows that the cooperative difference is your competitive advantage.

Our services help co-ops build member investment and loyalty. Ownership is what distinguishes cooperatives from other businesses, and what creates value and benefit to people in local communities. It’s why co-ops operate with their customer’s best interests as their focus. It’s how cohesion in neighborhoods is built and sustained.

Every co-op needs a strong membership program that will serve the business and strengthen the co-op’s role in the community. Building a shared understanding of the co-op’s purpose amongst staff, management, members and the board is critical. When you develop an organizational culture focused on ownership, people will be inspired and motivated to be a part of the co-op’s mission.

Features and Benefits

Important to your co-op’s success are programs that promote the cooperative difference, store operations that support member equity growth, and an enthusiastic and well-trained staff. It’s also how co-ops maintain relevance when competitors sell the same products and claim similar values. Our consultants are deeply committed to the cooperative way of doing business, and the services of the membership development team are specifically geared toward broadening participation amongst all stakeholders, providing training and education, and raising co-op capital.

Associated Consultants

Adam Schwartz

Creating a Cooperative Culture, Connecting Co-ops across Sectors

Ben Sandel

Leadership Development, Startup Co-ops, Capitalization

Bill Gessner

Expansion Planning, Business Development, Financial Pro Forma, Capital Campaigns

Holly Fearing

Social Media Strategies

Leslie Watson

Board Leadership Development

Mark Goehring

Leadership Development, Cooperative Governance, Facilitation, Member Linkage

Melanie Reid

Employee Surveys, Human Resources Systems, Tools and Training

Patricia Cumbie

Co-op Education and Ownership Programs

Rebecca Torpie

Marketing and Brand Strategy