The Bay City Seed Library, a joint project of the co-op and the Bay County Library System, opened March 20 and quickly turned out to be a rousing success. Patrons lined up to select free packets of seeds, which had been donated by numerous providers. We – naively, it turns out – thought we’d have more than enough seeds for … Read More
The Bay City Seed Library, a joint project of Bay City Cooperative Market and the Bay County Library System, will open March 20 — the first day of spring. Located inside the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library downtown at 500 Center Ave., the seed library will offer packets of seeds, free for the taking. We’ll have a wide variety … Read More
Please welcome our first employee, Robin Devereaux-Nelson!Thanks to the Rural Seed Grant we received from Food Cooperative Initiative, and a training grant received from the Howard Bowers Fund for Food Co-ops, the BCCM Board of Directors was able to launch a successful campaign to hire a part-time outreach coordinator.The process of hiring Robin was involved but heartening. Fourteen applicants met … Read More
Thanks to the grant we recently received from Food Co-op Initiative, we are looking to engage the services of a part-time outreach coordinator to work on boosting our membership numbers and increasing our visibility. OUTREACH COORDINATOR JOB POSTING Position overview This is a part-time position reporting to the board of directors. The primary responsibility is to increase ownership and raise … Read More
Bay City Cooperative Market is now a member of the Cooperative Grocer Network! The Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) is a nonprofit, 501(c)6 trade association intent on strengthening all retail food co-ops by a creating a community of cooperators who can develop and share their best resources and practices. CGN provides extensive online resources for peer support. As new co-ops get … Read More
Your chance to learn how a food cooperative can benefit your family comes April 17 during a public meeting organized by the volunteer group spearheading efforts to open the Bay City Cooperative Market in downtown Bay City. Sarah Christensen, general manager and chief executive grocer at GreenTree Cooperative Grocery in Mt. Pleasant, will be present to explain how co-ops bolster … Read More
We’re excited to announce that we’ve received a grant to help cover the costs of attending a 2017 conference. Please see the full text of our award letter below. “On behalf of the Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference, I would like to congratulate you! Your co-op has been chosen to receive a grant award to assist in attendance costs … Read More
Here’s your chance! You can help ring in the new year with progress toward opening a co-op in Bay City. We’re making a push to reach 100 members by midnight Dec. 31. Remember, we now accept $20-a-month payment plans here, through our website. Or a $200 common share can still be paid all at once, either at the website or by mail.
We’re now accepting online installment payments for new owners at our website, baycityfood.org.
You can sign up for a standard $200 membership at $20 a month for 10 months, or you can become a $400 founding member at $20 a month for 20 months. This eases the burden for those who want to join the co-op but find it tough to come up with the full ownership payment at once.
We have received the results of our market study, conducted by two consultants working through CDS Consulting Co-op, a co-op of people who provide business services to co-ops across the nation.
The market study is the first part of what becomes a full business plan for a store. It examines the area’s sales potential for our planned grocery operation and explains relative strengths and weaknesses of particular locations.