#CLC2017 Graduates almost 50 teens!


Cooperative Leadership Camp of 2017 teens in their Tee Shirt Co-op Shirts!

#CLC2017 Was Awesome!
What an amazing week with the teens from across the state! Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and co-ops that made this possible. We hosted just under 50 teens to discover the cooperative movement and participate in their own worker/owner cooperative, this year called Coop’er Tees Co-op. We could not host this amazing week without our sponsor cooperatives as well as those that made the trip down to White Lake to share their cooperative knowledge with the teens- check out our camp page online to see the list of supporting organizations that make camp possible!
During the week, the teens learned how a cooperative works, got to know the 7 principles and went through several different experimental learning sessions that built their leadership and teamwork capabilities. The week long program

included members from CCNC from every sector, allowing the teens to fully understand the scope of cooperatives. The teen led tee shirt cooperative also included
a great design for this year to include the sun, which unfortunately did not come out much while we were there! The teens had to design, produce, and distribute the tee shirts as well as vote on the board of directors, decide on the co-op’s volunteer
activity, and create the business plan and by laws for the cooperative. At the annual meeting the finance committee gave a glowing report of the financial status and a vote to dissolve the cooperativeon Friday! Pictures from camp online!

Weaver Street Market Co-op Fair Celebrates Local Connections


Co-op Fair visitors watch sushi being made at the Weaver Street Market Co-op Fair April 30. 

On Sunday, April 30, Weaver Street Market (WSM) hosted its first of two Co-op Fair events for 2017. The event took place at WSMs Food House facility in Hillsborough. Local cooperatives plus food and wine producers met with and shared delicious samples with WSM members.

WSM employees also shared food samples & demonstrations from its Food House, which prepares and provides freshly-made products to the co-op’s three retail locations. Co-op employees also provided information on how the Food House operates, and shared updates on WSM’s ongoing community initiatives, including its Community Food Partnerships.   Continue reading

Cooperative Council Annual Meeting Just Three Weeks Away

With the theme of Sharing our stories, creating our Future, the Cooperative Council of North Carolina will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, March 21 – Wednesday, March 22 in Raleigh. The meeting features a host of cooperative voices and perspectives that span the generations. The event takes place at the conference facilities of the Quorum Center, which is located at 323 West Jones Street.

“I am really excited for this meeting as it serves as a fantastic way to connect, educate and promote our cooperatives across the state,” said CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail. Traditionally we think of cooperatives as our rural utilities cooperatives but the trend is moving into all industries.”

Following welcoming remarks from CCNC Board Member Amanda Knox, Dr. Troy Hall kicks off the meeting Tuesday afternoon with a presentation on motivational leadership. Hall, the COO at South Carolina Federal Credit Union, is a longtime credit union movement advocate who recently returned from a trip to Africa, where he visited with other leaders in cooperative finance.

Tuesday also features a Generations Panel Discussion, facilitated by Crissy Fishbane, a certified relationship and wellness coach. The panel features people involved with the cooperative movement from high school years through the generations to retired seniors.

Later in the evening, Coastal Credit Union serves as host for dinner. Paul C. Mugge, of NC State’s Center of Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) is the featured speaker.

On Wednesday morning, the meeting kicks off at the cafeteria at the NC General Assembly Building. The hour long event features cooperative voices sharing the stories of how they are positively impacting their members, employees and communities using the cooperative model and the Seven Cooperative Principles.

Jeff Hardin of the Carolinas Credit Union League will host a cooperative workshop later Wednesday morning that showcases what is happening in various parts of the cooperative movement and how different cooperative businesses operate.

The meeting concludes with a luncheon hosted by the NC Electric Membership Cooperatives. The keynote speaker for the event is Tom Campbell, the creator and moderator of NC Spin.

“I am excited to hear from our Food Cooperatives, Credit Unions, Electric Co-ops, Telephone Co-ops, Retail Co-ops and Agriculture Co-ops,” Nail said. “It is sure to be an exciting two days!”

Click here to view the agenda for the meeting, which also includes a registration link. For more information on the Council, please click here.



Hub City Opens to Steady Traffic, Excited Community

Hub City logoAfter several years of hard work and planning, the city of Spartanburg has a downtown grocery store … and South Carolina has its first food cooperative. Hub City Co-op opened its doors on Friday, April 15 to steady traffic and an excited community.

Located on Liberty Street at the site of a converted garage, Hub City sports a modern look & feel. The store’s focus is on local sources of healthy food along with organics. Continue reading

Cooperative Council Annual Meeting Mixes Fun, Exploration, Learning


Ann Bliss of the Triad Buying Co-op conducts a tour for attendees of the CCNC Annual Meeting. 

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina (CCNC) combined fun, education and insight into the future in its annual meeting held March 9-10 in Winston-Salem. With the theme Taking Charge of Change, the CCNC took a keen interest in millennials and how co-ops can be the business of choice for this generation. Continue reading