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Registration Now Open for NCBA CLUSA’s 2015 Co-op Professionals Conference


Registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s second annual conference for legal and accounting professionals who serve the cooperative community.

Scheduled for Minneapolis, Minnesota, from November 9 – 11, the 2015 Co-op Professionals Conference will advance an emerging platform for professional development within the co-op movement. Attendees are eligible to earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Topics include co-op organization and business planning; regulation and compliance; co-op governance and management; taxation, Subchapter T and the IRS; co-op finance and securities; and the role of Cooperative Development Organizations.

Workshops will explore how a co-op is organized based on varying state statutes; alternative financing approaches to cooperatives; regulation and compliance for founders, managers, employees, contractors and freelancers; and conversion trends and tax issues for businesses transitioning to co-ops. During the final workshop, a panel of legal and accounting experts will discuss ethical issues previously submitted by attendees.

To view a complete schedule of events, including presenters, topics and session descriptions, click here.

This conference will be relevant for professionals who work for or with co-ops, including attorneys, accountants, CPAs, financial and investment advisors, insurance advisors, legislative staff and law students.

NCBA CLUSA is organizing this conference in collaboration with the following legal experts:

Thomas Beckett, Attorney, Mountain South Business Law
Linda D. Phillips, of Counsel at McClure & Eggleston, LLC
Jason Wiener, Principal, Jason Wiener, P.C.
Audrey Griffin, Supervisor, Wegner CPAs
Nancy McClelland, Owner/Accounting Consultant, The Dancing Accountant

Register by September 3 to take advantage of the Early-Bird Full Registration Package, which includes conference materials and admission to all meals, networking events and sessions, except the Co-op 101 Primer, an introductory session designed for those new to the cooperative business model or looking for a refresher on its basic structure and unique needs. The NCBA CLUSA member rate for the full conference is $350, the non-member rate is $475 and the student rate is $150. Single-day registration is also available. Click here for registration details.

If you’re not yet a member of NCBA CLUSA, join today to benefit from the member discount on conference registration. Email us at for details.

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