May 5, 2021

Dear friends,
Happy Cinco de Mayo! This month’s newsletter includes upcoming workshops, A CFNE job posting, as well as other key co-opportunities that will help you unlock the power of your co-op community. 

If you, or someone you know, can benefit from any of these resources, be sure to share!
We also encourage you to share your updates & ideas with us by emailing 
Together, we can better serve our co-op community. 

Co-op Curious?
We’ve got you covered. Check out these learning co-opportunities from CFNE & our partners.
May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th @ 7:30 PM - 9 PM EDT | $125
Meetings are foundational to cooperative culture. This 4-part training series will help cooperators build their skills in planning, facilitating and participating in meetings of all kinds. Come learn and practice techniques and concepts to help make your meetings broadly democratic, effective, efficient, and fun. We will share the foundations of facilitation and explore how to apply a variety of techniques and approaches depending on the goals of any particular meeting or agenda item.

May 11-14| $69 Conference Registration

If you’re involved in a food co-op, whether you’re looking to get started or ready to grow, this virtual conference is for you. Click here to register.
May 19 @ 12:00 PM -1:30 PM EDT | Free
As a co-op member, you have the right and responsibility to be informed of how your co-op is doing financially. But financial reports without context can feel overwhelming! This session will introduce cooperators to the key reports -- income statement, budget, balance sheet, and cash flow statement -- key information contained in each report, and how co-ops use them to make better decisions. 
We've designed this as an introductory workshop for non-finance folks who want to be better prepared to participate in co-op life. Click here to register.

In Case You Missed It!

Our April 14th workshop, “A Seat At The Table: Cooperative Principles # 1 + 2” is available for viewing on our Youtube channel. Click here for the recording
If you’re interested in a 1-on-1 coaching session on this topic, click here to schedule an appointment.

Co-op Capital
Stay updated on relevant funding co-opportunities. 

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Portal opened on Monday, May 3, at 12 p.m. Restaurants are encouraged to apply even if they have not yet opened their doors, so long as they have incurred eligible expenses between Feb 15, 2020 & Mar 11, 2021.

For the first 21 days that the program is open (May 3 - 24) the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. If you need help with your application or are deciding whether or not to apply, click here to schedule an appointment with us.

Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re ready to get started, click here to access the application portal.

Co-op Community
Stay connected to our co-op community. 

Last month, Ward Lumber employees made history by purchasing their 130-year-old business as a worker cooperative! This New York lumber products and hardware store has been in Jay Ward’s family for four generations. Click here to see the video.
We are both pleased and saddened to announce the retirement of CFNE Maine Loan and Outreach Officer, Deborah Hawkins. We are appreciative for all of her hard work supporting the cooperative economy in Maine, and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

We hope you'll consider joining the CFNE Team! Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, priority will be given to resumes before May 16, 2021.

While this e-newsletter is focused on providing valuable content to cooperatives, please also check out our Winter Newsletter for updates on CFNE’s strategic plan and other work. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter using this Link.
In cooperation,
Johan Matthews
Community Engagement Facilitator
Cooperative Fund of New England