Ohio Cooperative Forum

5th Annual Cooperative Business Boot Camp

April 28, 2016, Akron/Fairlawn Hilton
Akron OH

This years forum will cover both beginner topics, as well as more advanced topics for those further along the road with their cooperative business. The program is sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program.





8:30 – 9:00 am                         Registration #1
9:00 – 9:45 am                        Introduction to Cooperatives (for those who need it)
Roy Messing (OEOC)
9:45 – 10:00 am                      Registration #2
10:00 –11:00 am                    The Feasibility of My Cooperative Business
Roy Messing (OEOC)
11:00 – 11:10 am                   Break
11:10 am – Noon                    Cooperative Business Planning Basics
Roy Messing (OEOC)
Noon –1:00 pm                       Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm                        Cooperative Finance and Financial Issues
Rose Roman, First Merchants Bank
Brian See CPA
2:00 – 2:10 pm                        Break
2:10 – 3:20 pm                        Cooperative Operational and Administrative Issues
John McMicken, Evergreen Companies
Peggy Grospitch, TAMS Group (Invited)
3:20 – 3:30 pm                        Break
3:30 – 4:40 pm                        From the Members to the Board of Directors to the Employees: Everyone’s Roles & Responsibilities in the Cooperative Operation
Rod Kelsay, MACC
David Baird, Select Machine

In addition, there is a dedicated track of breakout sessions on topics of interest to cooperators at the 30th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference on April 29th, including selling your existing business to the employees through a worker cooperative.

Cost: $50; covers cost of providing refreshments and lunch, as well as entry to our opening night reception that begins at 5 pm.
Special Deal: If you register for the 30th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference, registration to the Cooperative Business Boot Camp is included.

Questions? Contact Roy Messing or Chris Cooper at 330-672-3028 or via email.

To register for the Cooperative Boot Camp (by itself) or both the Boot Camp and the Ohio Employee Ownership Conference, please send us an email.