Deb Trocha, Executive Director of the International Cooperative Development Center, and Stuart Reid, Executive Director of the Food Co-op Initiative, are interviewed Live by Vernon Oakes at the Up & Coming Conference on February 28, 2019. They discuss the sessions offered at the conference, the history of the conference and the different audiences that may benefit from the conference.
Held each year since 2010, Up and Coming is coordinated by the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, and its partner Food Co-op Initiative. Each year the conference is hosted by a food co-op, This year, the local food co-op host is Outpost Natural Foods.
The 2019 conference had over 50 workshops and 45 speakers. There was “Something for Everyone!” If you are in the initial stages of planning to open a food co-op, then this conference is for you.
It was an honor for Everything Co-op to broadcast live from the Up & Coming Conference. This conference seeks to serve everyone. This year attendees came from 35 states, 12 sessions were translated in Spanish, and there were several different tracks that were created to appeal to diverse populations.
If you weren’t able to attend the conference this year, make sure you have it on your calendar for next year.