Find your Place at IMPACT 2017; Choose from Three Exclusive Tracks!


NCBA CLUSA is excited to bring together a broad spectrum of cooperative sectors to build on and amplify the economic impact co-ops have in the U.S. and internationally at the first-ever Cooperative IMPACT Conference this October.

IMPACT 2017 will replace the sector-specific conferences NCBA CLUSA has traditionally hosted, but attendees can still find focused, best-in-class learning at one of our three exclusive tracks: IMPACT, Purchasing and Co-op Professionals.

Attendees from each track will gather for key plenary sessions to explore the state of the co-op economy, learn how mayors and city leaders are harnessing co-ops for local impact, and participate in our annual fly-in on October 5. Register now and be part of a unified, cross-sector voice on Capitol Hill!


Our IMPACT Track will help practitioners navigate the dizzying map of co-op financing options, understand how organizations make funding decisions and learn how funders and the development community can work together to impact their members and communities.

The IMPACT Track will also address how co-op measurement and evaluation can help meet reporting requirements for funders and regulators and tell the compelling story of how co-ops build a better world. This track also explores the inclusive economy and worker co-op conversions. With the “Silver Tsunami” of retiring small business owners on the horizon, we’ll examine what factors make conversions more likely to succeed.

Purchasing Track

Best Practices and Reverse Best Practices are historically the two most popular sessions at NCBA CLUSA’s National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference. We’re keeping these breakouts front-and-center at IMPACT 2017. Best Practices allows every attendee to share an idea that turned out to be a home run for their co-op; Reverse Best Practices allows attendees to workshop one of their toughest challenges with colleagues from the purchasing sector.

This year’s Master Class Workshops will focus on revenues and relationships for successful growth, creating efficiency through technology and member engagement strategies—all presented from the perspective of achieving maximum cooperative impact.

Co-op Professional Track

From raising capital to paying taxes, and from the immigration status of employees or members to “volunteer” member labor in the cooperative business, all cooperatives face a range of federal regulations. Co-ops look to accounting and legal practitioners for strategies to ensure compliance and resilience. Regulations may be designed to help businesses and protect individuals, but co-op professionals often find that they can hinder cooperative impact.

Our Co-op Professionals Track will explore how accounting and legal professionals serving the co-op community can create an enabling environment for cooperative economic impact.

We hope you’ll join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7. Subscribe to Co-op Weekly today to get the latest announcements about these events delivered straight to your inbox.

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