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Celebrate National Co-op Month with Central Co-op!

Sunday, October 1 - Tuesday, October 31

October is National Co-op Month, when we celebrate the positive impact of co-ops of all kinds around the world. The theme for this year's Co-op Month is "Co-ops Commit," highlighting co-ops' commitment to their Cooperative Principles, and the benefit that has to their communities.

We are honoring Principle 6 is Cooperation Among Cooperatives by putting Co-op Month tags next to products from our co-op suppliers.

Co-op Month blogs:

Where Co-ops are King: Emilia-Romagna

Did you know...?

  • Minnesota was the first state to declare an official Co-op Month in 1948.
  • Co-op Month has been a nationally recognized celebration since 1964, when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, a former Minnesota governor, proclaimed October Co-op Month.
  • The U.S. Government used to sponsor Co-op Month from 1964-70.
  • Studies show that consumers want to do business with companies that share their values, making today’s environment ideal for cooperatives and their commitment to the communities in which their members live and work.
  • Cooperatives represent a strong business model and greatly contribute to both the national and local economies.
  • Since 1971, cooperatives, statewide associations, and the National Cooperative Business Association have fueled their own events and promotions.
  • Cooperatives generate jobs in their communities, keep profits local, and pay local taxes to help support community services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience.
  • There are more than 29,000 cooperative businesses in the United States with 350 million members (many people belong to more than one co-op). These cooperatives generate $514 billion in revenue and more than $25 billion in wages, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with support from USDA Rural Development.
  • Co-ops represent democracy in action, with control exercised by a board of directors elected from the ranks of members; the board hires and directs management and is ultimately responsible to the members.

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