(If you prefer to read a printed copy of this material, download the full CBLD brochure – PDF, 9 pages, 1.2MB)
This is an exciting time for food co-ops. Communities all around the country are undergoing a resurgence of cooperation as more and more people experience the benefits of having a co-op in their city or town. This enterprise has spurred established food co-ops to expand and add locations, and areas without food co-ops are starting new ones. Boards have a unique and complex role to play in this dynamic cooperative economy, and the Cooperative Board Leadership Development (known as CBLD and pronounced C-build) supports boards as they do this important work. CBLD consultants, co-op boards and management work within the structure of the CBLD program to address issues central to effective governing of a cooperative, including those related to growth.
CBLD is an integrated and ongoing approach to board support. We invite you to join us in an approach that adds value to board work, heightens effective cooperative ownership and governance, and enriches a thriving cooperative development culture. CBLD also makes it easier to connect with other board leaders from numerous regions at the in-person sessions, where participants can share information, gain new leadership tools, and participate in conversations about expanding our cooperative communities.
CBLD is a calendar year program with an annual fee and is designed to assist your board all year long.
Features and benefits
- 15 hours of ongoing consulting customized for your unique needs and issues
- One-day board retreat planning and facilitation planning and facilitation
- In-person sessions:
- CBL 101—Foundations Class for Directors
- Leadership Training
- Strategic Co-op Seminars
- “Library of resources”:services/cbld-resources: Online recorded workshops, field guides, videos, sample policies, useful links and valuable tools
- Subscription to Connections, CBLD’s monthly online newsletter
- CBLD for Startups
CBLD is a calendar-year program with an annual fee (see below) and is designed to assist your board all year long.
CBLD 2013 program fee and related costs
The CBLD program fee for 2013 participation is $6,150.
It is paid in four installments in March, June, September and December.
Financial assistance may be available to support participation in CBLD. If your board faces financial constraints to participation, please “contact Mark Goehring“mailto:MarkGoehring@cdsconsulting.coop.
In addition to your participation fee, your co-op will also need to budget for logistical costs for your retreat and travel costs for your consultant to attend, travel costs for your directors to attend the CBL101 and Leadership Training, telephone costs associated with consulting calls, and a modest fee per participant of the Strategic Co-op Seminars.
Download the full CBLD brochure (PDF, 9 pages, 1.2MB)
Contact Mark Goehring (MarkGoehring@cdsconsulting.coop)