the United Nation's 2012 declaration of the International Year of the Cooperative, a summit of Upstate New York cooperatives - banking, grocery, housing, agricultural, worker. The summit will be held in Syracuse on Saturday, March 31, and include presentations and discussions with ins... [read more]
the United Nation's 2012 declaration of the International Year of the Cooperative, a summit of Upstate New York cooperatives - banking, grocery, housing, agricultural, worker. The summit will be held in Syracuse on Saturday, March 31, and include presentations and discussions with inspiring cooperative organizations and members intended to:
Build relationships among the cooperative community around New York State;
Educate and inspire entrepreneurs about possible cooperative control of their economic lives;
Give existing cooperatives greater exposure to each other and the public; and
Assemble a database of organizations and individuals interested in cooperatives, for state-wide organizing efforts.
WE INVITE YOU
to get involved! Our organizing group, led by the Onondaga Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is looking for sponsors to help make the event free or low-cost to attendees, for businesses to showcase themselves through tabling, and for support in promoting the event to constituencies throughout NY. This money will help pay for space, lunch, printed programs, and audio-visual resources.
Come showcase your organization and connect with the Upstate cooperative community. Learn from leaders in various cooperative sectors and help bring cooperative values to a growing audience for equitable local economies. Tell your members and community about the event. Visit the event website at www.CNY.coop for information about the agenda and updates.
PUBLIC INTEREST IN
working toward a better economic system is higher than it has been in years, and the need for innovative, cooperative strategies to reclaim control over our economic future is great. Join us in starting this discussion, and bringing the possibilities of cooperatives to scale in New York State.
Sincerely, The Organizing Team:
Frank Cetera, Onondaga SBDC • Joe Marraffino, American Worker Cooperative • Ron Ehrenreich, Cooperative Federal CU • Howie Hawkins, Southside Coalition • Kira Crawford, Cooperative Federal CU • Naqia Edwards, Eat-To-Live and Gang Green • Ben Ballerstein, Bread and Roses • Marie Norkett, At-Large • Hanah Ehrenreich, CNY Works • David Van Arsdale, Dream Freedom Revival