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Cascade Cooperatives promotes a vibrant co-op economy in Whatcom and Skagit counties by providing a support network for local co-ops.

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Cascade Cooperatives Steering Committee meeting November 2021: (from left) Andrew Babson, Deborah Craig, Leah Brissenden, Kris Buettner

Cascade Cooperatives Steering Committee: Andrew Babson, Deborah Craig, Hayley Steele, Karen Folger, Kris Buettner, Laura Steiger, and Leah Brissenden. <this will be followed by the below timeline; the individual bios of the committee and board will be removed from this page and instead linked to a “Learn More” sort of button that will be live when we have collected photos and bios>

Steering Committee

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Board of Directors

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Laura Steiger

Laura Steiger

Community Food Co-op staff

Laura has been a member of several co-ops since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1984 and a staff member at the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Wash., since 2008. She is excited to engage with local cooperatives and help to ensure a thriving cooperative culture in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

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Incorporation

Cascade Cooperatives incorporates as a secondary cooperative to ??? the loccal cooperatives in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

January 2022

Coop Month Event 2021

Cascade Cooperatives member co-ops met and voted to expand the network to include Skagit County.

October 2021

Coop Month Event 2020

The Age of Cooperation features three …

October 2020

Coop Month Event 2019

The former owners of A-1 Builders and the new cooperative owners of A1DesignBuild. shares their conversion story from private ownership to cooperative.

October 2019

Name Change and Transition

The network transitioned from the Cooperative Education Project to North Cascades Cooperatives in a consensus decision of the members.

April 2019

First Meeting of Founding Network Members

After conducting a survey of networks across the country, a consultant helps facilitate the first meeting of the founding members.

January 2019

On the Table: Part 2

In collaboration with the NWCDC and the IDEA Institute, this event highlights the benefits of a local network of cross-sector cooperatives.

September 2017

On the Table: Part 1

The Cooperative Model: Assessing Fit is presented by Dr. Art Sherwood in collaboration with the SBA at Western Washington University for local business resource organizations and professionals to learn about the cooperative business model.

September 2015

How to Start a Co-op

The CEP hosts this well-attended 3-part class series demonstrating the community’s interest in the cooperative model.

June 2014

Co-op Education Project (CEP) Established

A group of co-op enthusiasts branches out from the Community Food Co-op Member Affairs Committee to educate the community on the benefits of the cooperative economy.

January 2014

Network Steering Committee Established

A volunteer steering committee is formed to advance the work of the CEP.

January 2018

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