Returning to its roots, the National Cooperative Business Association has moved its Annual Cooperatives Conference to Co-op Week, May 4 – 6, 2015. This shift positions the conference during a week filled with cooperative events, providing participants the opportunity to access multiple venues that celebrate and accelerate the cooperative business model.
This year’s Annual Cooperatives Conference is focused on advocacy and is the first multi-sector event of its kind, where participants from all cooperative sectors can combine their voices to raise the profile of the cooperative business model. Participants will hear a line-up of great speakers, attend a reception highlighting NCBA CLUSA’s international work and take part in a “hike the hill” event lead by advocacy experts.
This is a great opportunity to meet lawmakers and legislators that are interested in promoting the cooperative business model and educate representatives who need to know the impact that these businesses have on the local and national economies. Come and share your stories and insights with these lawmakers.
“Co-op Week is a natural fit for this conference,” said Mike Beall, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “Moving this conference back to May gives cooperators the opportunity to come to Washington [DC] and meet with representatives of Congress and the administration, and experience a full week of co-op focused events. It really is a “must do” event for dedicated cooperators.”
The National Press Club will be one of the venues for breakout sessions, covering a wide range of topics, from tax reform and Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program issues, to education and co-op law. Come and collaborate with fellow cooperators and lend your voice to the national discussion.
This unique opportunity is happening during Co-op Week, observed the first week of May, and features a host of coordinated cooperative events, including the Cooperative Issues Forum and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held at the National Press Club and hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF).
Start your planning now! Registration will be open soon. Visit ncbaclusa.coop for the latest information.