The Up & Coming Food Co-op conference is a wonderful annual gathering of peer startup food cooperators from across the US, all focused on supporting each other in working toward opening new community owned grocery stores. 2020 was no exception to this, and for my first year attending, I had a blast! Hosted by the … Read moreUp & Coming Food Co-op Conference 2020 & GCDC!
Happy new year, world! Out with 2019, in with 2020, and for Georgia Cooperative Development Center, we have a new mailing address. Going forward, please use: Georgia Cooperative Development Center c/o Audrey Griffin 315 College St. Carrollton, GA 30117 We have discontinued use of the PO Box 307 in Athens, GA, and will be unreachable … Read moreNew Year, New Mailing Address
The Georgia Cooperative Development Center exists to help co-op businesses in Georgia succeed, whether they are startups or existing businesses. We started our nonprofit organization because we saw that there was a need: people wanted to start co-ops, or grow their existing co-op, but they didn’t know where to turn for help. We knew there … Read more2019 in Reflection
You are invited to join Georgia Cooperative Development Center for an evening webinar Tuesdsay, December 17th at 7 PM EST. Our topic will be our 2019 Georgia Co-op Needs Assessment: Findings and Takeaways. You can RSVP by emailing us at Matthew@georgiacoopdc.org. This will be an hour webinar, completely free, though of course donations are appreciated … Read moreNeeds Assessment Webinar Tues. Dec 17th, 7 PM EST
Georgia Cooperative Development Center, in partnership with Florida Cooperative Empowered Economic Development and La Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico submitted a proposal “Youth-Owned, Worker-Run: the Future Cooperative Business Leaders of the US South” which was accepted, and is getting a shoutout for this year’s Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy! Our session will focus on youth worker co-op development in … Read moreWe’re Going to Baltimore!
Check out Executive Director Matthew Epperson presenting Georgia Cooperative Development Center for 1 Million Cups Athens on May Day 2019. 1MC is a project of the Kaufman Foundation, which believes that it takes a million cups of coffee to successfully launch a new business. In this video, Matthew details some of the history of both … Read more1 Million Cups Presentation for Georgia Co-op Development Center
By Matthew Epperson, Executive Director, Georgia Cooperative Development Center, 4/8/2019 GCDC was invited to the inaugural network gathering of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund (SRLF). SRLF has been an active loan fund in the South for a few years, helping to finance 4 projects to date: the Renaissance Community Co-op in Greensboro, NC, Rebel Threads … Read moreSouthern Reparations Loan Fund — Germinate!
Post by Matthew Epperson, Executive Director, Georgia Cooperative Development Center, 4/7/2019 January is a cold month, even in Georgia, and it leaves much room for grimacing and other displeased facial expressions. But take one look at the faces in the photos from SJS 2019 and you’ll see, this was a positively uplifting experience for many, … Read moreAthens Social Justice Symposium 2019 – Stand, Speak, Act!
When buying your holiday gifts this year KEEP IT LOCAL! Head over to our full post to learn more about the first annual Georgia Co-op Holiday Market at Creature Comforts Brewery (271 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601), Sunday November 25th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, “Solidarity Sunday”, from 1 – 6pm.
Southern Journeys LLC, a worker-owned sewing company, connects skill, craft and cultural practice to basic needs and basic needs to collective resourcefulness and capacity. The members of Southern Journeys represent a long and revered tradition of hard-working, enterprising women, mothers, community leaders and activists. Southern rural Black communities have survived and thrived due not only … Read moreCo-op Stories: Southern Journeys Collective by Sarah Bobrow-Williams