Registration Now Open for NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Co-op Professionals Conference


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

Scheduled for Miami, Florida, from September 19 – 21, the 2016 Co-op Professionals Conference will advance an emerging platform for professional development within the cooperative movement and elevate the standard of the services they provide. Attendees are eligible to earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

NCBA CLUSA is currently extending a special registration rate for returning conference attendees. Register before close of business on July 8, 2016, to lock in the NCBA CLUSA member rate of $400. The non-member returning attendee rate is $600. Registration rates will increase to $500 and $750, respectively, after July 9. 
NCBA CLUSA is also offering new members a combined discount on 2016 membership and conference registration. For details, please contact Suzanne Rogers at

This conference is most 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. It will be held in conjunction with NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 National Purchasing Cooperatives Conference—a gathering of industry experts within the purchasing and shared services co-op sector—at the Miami Biscayne Bay Marriott.

Co-op Professionals Conference 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; regulation and compliance; housing and real estate investment co-ops; advanced taxation and co-op finance; collaboration among co-op development organizations, attorneys and accountants; finance, securities and socially responsible capital strategies; and advanced 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 conference attendees. 
To view a complete schedule of events, including presenters, topics and session descriptions, click here.

NCBA CLUSA is organizing the 2016 Co-op Professionals Conference in collaboration with the following legal experts:

Courtney Berner, Cooperative Development Specialists, UW Center for Cooperatives
Ronald Hall, Attorney, Autry, Cole, Hanrahan, Hall & Cook, LLP 

Camille Kerr, Director of Field Building, Democracy at Work Institute
Nancy McClellend, Owner/CPA, The Dancing Accountant
Therese Tuttle, Attorney, Tuttle Law Group
Elizabeth van der Weide, Senior Accountant, Wegner CPAs

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