On Tuesday, July 25th, twenty YP members attended an Entrepreneurs Among Us at the BisMan Community Food Co-op. After receiving a delicious lunch, attendees heard the food co-op’s story from Jason (Café Manager), Casey (Produce Manager) and Renee (Wellness Director). What started as a dream nearly six years ago has grown into a beautiful store-front with over 3,000 member-owners. Sixteen founding partners and a membership drive were secured before the store even opened. The biggest challenge for the food co-op was financing. Their marketing strategy is primarily word-of-mouth, social media and community partnerships. A community meeting room is available for cooking classes, wellness seminars, kids’ art classes, painting sessions and much more.
Everyone is welcome to shop at the co-op! However, co-op members receive special offers and discounts, as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are a part of something great. More and more people are recognizing the importance of the food co-op’s guiding values and that “This is important. This matters.” As one of the fastest growing start-up’s in the country, the Food Co-op continues to grow upon their mission to provide a grocery shopping experience reflective of our community’s commitment to health and wellness.