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Members from Common Good Bookkeeping with technical assistance team.

MCDC Celebrates its
First Worker Co-op!

The Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) recently celebrated the incorporation of its first co-op, Common Good Bookkeeping! The new worker co-op was recognized at a February event at the Madison Labor Temple. MCDC is a collaborative of co-op developers, unions, and community organizations - including UWCC - implementing the City of Madison’s initiative to strengthen the local worker co-op ecosystem. At the event, MCDC also welcomed Dennis Olson of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) and UFCW International, as well as the local UFCW (1473) that Common Good Bookkeeping Cooperative unionized with. Many people from the Madison co-op and labor communities also joined.


This is just the first of many MCDC events – keep an eye on the UWCC website for events to come. Future events will provide education on worker co-ops, the City of Madison’s Co-op Initiative, and will bring our community together to address Madison’s racial and income inequalities through living wage jobs and democratic workplaces.


If you are a service provider, worker-cooperator, or a community organization, we want to work with you! This initiative provides and funds technical assistance to worker co-ops and can connect them to start-up financing. Learn more on UWCC's website, or contact MCDC Coordinator Charity Schmidt at or 608-262-5905.

Keynotes Announced for CCMA

We are pleased to announce keynote speakers for CCMA 2018, which will be held in Portland, OR, May 31 - June 2, 2018. Our speakers will address this year's theme, Courageous Evolution: Strategies for Strong Co-ops and Communities. As the grocery industry continues to change, food co-ops must have the courage to evolve and the perseverance for sustainable and equitable change in our communities.
Eric Holt-Gimenez is the author of numerous articles and books focused on food justice, and currently is the Executive Director of Food First, whose mission is to end injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation through research, education and action.
Elizabeth Pontrefract is the Vice President of Finance and Strategy for PCC Natural Markets. Having worked in brick-and-mortar retail strategy for over 15 years, Elizabeth brings perspective on what differentiates successful operators who co-exist and thrive within a rapidly changing retail environment.
C.E. Pugh joined National Co+op Grocers in 2008 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. With over forty years of experience growing diverse retail food organizations, C.E. has directed over 30 new store development projects for both conventional and cooperatively owned food stores.
More information on CCMA

In Brief: Updates and Publications


New Webinar Series Coming Soon!
Are you interested in learning about how cooperatives can be a solution for economic development in your community? UWCC will be presenting a monthly webinar series that explores cooperative solutions for child and elder care, housing, business conversions, infrastructure, and community investment. The series will include case studies, co-op basics and finance resources, and will be recorded and available for streaming. Funded by a USDA Rural Cooperative Development grant, the first webinar will be in May. Details on the webinar schedules and speakers will be available soon. Please email Lynn Pitman, at, to be included on the distribution list.



Upcoming Events

Co-op Directors Forum
Co-hosted with Cooperative Network, the Co-op Directors Forum is designed to bring together directors from all types and sectors of cooperatives to discuss ways to become a more effective board member.
Rosholt, WI |  April 6, 2018
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Co-ops = Community Development
Cooperativas = Desarollo Comunitario

Presented by the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition, this event will provide information on how to start a worker cooperative and resources available in the Madison area. The session will highlight Centro Hispano's work to launch the Promotoras de Salud Cooperative, a worker-owned health care cooperative.
Madison, WI | April 25, 2018
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Consumer Cooperative Management Association 2018
Co-hosted by the Portland area food cooperatives, CCMA 2018 will bring together food cooperative leaders from across the nation.
Portland, OR | May 31 - June 2, 2018
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Farmer Cooperatives Conference
This two day event brings together top agricultural cooperative leadership as they address today’s most pressing competitive challenges and techniques to improve their farmer-owned cooperative.
St. Paul, MN | November 7-9, 2018
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