startups

How to Train Your Startup

How to Train Your Startup

Maria and I just got back from an awesome trip to Providence, RI where we facilitated a 2 day training for Urban Greens Food Co-op, a startup about to open. As we were wading through the muddy Customer Service waters, I started to think about all the training startups need to be successful and remain on top of the competition - as if opening a store wasn’t stressful enough. Then it occured to me that I know a lot of startups …

Things you may not think of about Site Selection

Things you may not think of about Site Selection

Congratulations! You are ready to start looking for a location for your new grocery store! You have community interest and have your funding in place. This is a very exciting and yet intimidating stage. One of the first things you will to get is an updated and market study to help guide you to the store’s best location.  Besides location, other important factors to take into consideration sales potential, competitive conditions, support of …

Connecting startups

Connecting startups

I was on a phone call with Food Co-op Initiative’s Quick Start group of startups last night and I left the call feeling mostly excited and renewed. . . but also a little frustrated. There seems to be a huge disconnect between the startups and the support organizations they work with. When they can find them. And when they’re able to help. Isn’t there a way to connect all these startups - over 100! - across the nation and give …