Monday, 18 November 2019

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An author gives a reading at This House of Books cooperative in Downtown Billings

MCOC Member Spotlight: This House of Books

By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Who They Are The cooperative business model seems to be the perfect fit for This House of Books, a business that has become a literary as well as a cultural hub for Billings and the region.  Since the bookstore cooperative first opened its doors for…

MCDC WORKS WITH EDUCATORS TO IMPROVE FUTURE COOPERATIVE IMPACT WEEKS

By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Over the past year and a half, MCDC has hosted six Cooperative Impact Weeks across the state.  Each week-long event has involved community activities for the general public and youth to come and learn more about the economic benefits cooperatives bring to rural towns in…

GROCERY CO-OP MANAGERS MEET UP FOR STORE TOURS

By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Last year, the Montana Cooperative Development Center established a training support network for general managers of start-up and fledgling grocery cooperatives across north central Montana. Called the “Rural Grocery Co-op Managers’ Network”, the group is supported by a generous, $16,500 grant from the Catholic Campaign…

59th Annual Meeting Focuses on Economic Impact of Montana’s Cooperatives

By Guy Gregory, MCDC Communications Specialist The second day of the MCOC 59th Annual Meeting began with a panel of co-op industry leaders briefing members about their respective sectors.   Panel Speakers included Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association Interim CEO Gary Wiens, Montana’s Credit Unions VP of Relationship Management Ranel Smith, Montana…

Council Members Meet in Helena for Their 59th Annual Meeting

By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Fifty-one participants from 25 member cooperatives were represented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Montana Council of Cooperatives, which was held in Helena January 14-15, 2019. Generous sponsors of this year’s annual meeting and Legislative Dinner were: The annual meeting began on Monday with…

Network Connects Rural Grocery Co-op Managers Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Development Center has established a training support network for general managers of start-up and fledgling grocery cooperatives across north central Montana. Called the “Rural Grocery Co-op Managers’ Network”, the group is supported by a generous, $16,500 grant from the Catholic Campaign…

Bitterroot Valley Group Establishes First Commercial Hemp Cooperative in Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Montana’s youngest cooperative – the Bitterroot Hemp Co-op – recently announced the completion of its incorporation process and the election of its first board of directors. The co-op formed rapidly after filing its “intent to incorporate” in November as there has been significant interest…

CHS Celebrates 75 Years of Fueling America’s Heartland

MCDC/MCOC Executive Director Janice Brown was invited in September to address the audience at CHS Laurel Refinery’s 75th Anniversary.  At that event, Brown emphasized CHS’s positive economic impact on the city of Laurel.  The longstanding tradition of refining at CHS began in Laurel, Montana, in 1943. Laurel Oil and Refining Company opened in…

Co-ops Continue to Have a Large Impact on Montana’s Economy

In May 2018, an economic impact survey was conducted by MCDC in coordination with Montana State University (MSU). One hundred cooperative firms responded to the survey individually or through their industry associations.  Below is a summary of results from that survey: Economic Impact of a Sample of Montana Cooperatives October…

Cooperatives Make Impact on Youth Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Cooperative leaders were welcomed into several Montana schools this fall to engage directly with youth as part of the ongoing Montana Cooperative Impact Project, funded by a CHS Foundation Cooperative Education Grant.  Three separate “Cooperative Impact Weeks” featured interactive activities, career-oriented dialogue and informative…