John Tashiro interviewed by Lisa Nelson, lawyer from Ohio, outside City Market Co-op Grocery Store in Burlington

Business Practices Worth Studying at City Market Co-op

Located in the heart of downtown Burlington, Vermont, the City Market / Onion River Co-op grocery store is worthy of business study (and a visit if you’re in the area).  My experience of the market began by strolling past the elaborate bicycle parking and wildflower gardens up to the entrance, which was framed by bright […]

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Attorney Lisa Nelson explains 5 different types of business cooperative models

Five Types of Cooperative Business Models

Business owners and organizations forming in Ohio — or those interested in converting to a cooperative business model — can choose from five different cooperative business models.  This is a quick overview of each type.  Click on each type to learn more specifics and see examples. Five Different Types of Cooperative Business Models: You may […]

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Food Justice Campaigner Set to Open Coop Grocery Store

If you need a little inspiration today, let’s talk about a food justice campaigner in Detroit named Malik Yakitini. He is founder of the Detroit Black Food Security Network (DBCFSN), which operates a D-Town Farm, a 7-acre plot, and is getting set to launch a Coop-Grocery store this year.  Since 2016, Malik has been working […]

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What is a Consumer Cooperative and What Are the Advantages?

A consumer cooperative is an enterprise that is owned by its members who derive benefits from being a member.  Consumer coops may offer products or services, and this coop model can be utilized in Ohio by a wide range of business sectors.  Often consumer coops start to fill a need within a community.  For example, […]

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Using “Coop”, Co-op”, or “Cooperative” in a Business Name in Ohio

First, let us be clear that the terms “Coop”, Co-op”, or “Cooperative” can be used interchangeably.  However, these terms are umbrella terms that do not necessarily imply the particular legal structure of the business to which they are attached.  For example, business and organizations sometimes use the term “coop” in their business name even though […]

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