A Food Co-op For Butte

A start-up committee of local residents is exploring the possibility of forming a cooperative grocery store in Butte.  The purpose of this survey is to determine if there is sufficient community interest to continue pursuing this venture.  If the results of this survey indicate that there is enough interest, steps will be taken to further the development of a cooperative.

A food cooperative is locally owned and governed, and benefits are shared with the member-owners. Each member-owner purchases a single share of common stock, votes for the board of directors and may receive discounts or a percentage of store profit.

A co-op board may raise working capital by selling preferred co-op stock. Investors in preferred stock do not vote, but may annually receive a modest percentage of profits set by the board of directors. There are many different models of cooperative membership, governance, and benefits, which will be determined by a future board of directors.

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* 1. Would you choose to shop locally at a cooperative grocery store?

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* 2. If so, what products would you most like to have available at the store?  Rate each item 

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Dairy Products
Organic and/or Local Fruits and Veggies
Bulk Food
Local and Organic Meats
Ethnic/International
Snacks
Salad Bar
Dietary Supplements
Hot Bar/Deli
Beer/Wine
Bakery
Fresh Grab-and-Go Prepared Food

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* 3. A food cooperative can serve as a community hub beyond selling groceries. Indicate your interest in these possible activities:

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Cooking or food processing workshops
Nutrition-related workshops
Community meeting space
Educational or local art displays
Coffee/Seating Area

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* 4. If a grocery cooperative was organized in Butte, would you want to become a member-owner?

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* 5. How much would you be willing to pay, one time, to be a co-op member?

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* 6. If you were a member/owner, how frequently would you shop at the co-op grocery store?

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* 7. If a future co-op board seeks to raise capital through additional investment by member-owners, it may sell preferred co-op stock. Would you want to invest in preferred stock in addition to a voting share? 

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* 8. If so, indicate the possible amount

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* 9. Members in other co-ops help keep costs down by volunteering in the store or helping with special projects (stocking shelves, cashiering, cleaning, inventory, etc.) Volunteers may be eligible for a discount. Would you be interested in volunteering at the co-op?

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* 10. Are you a resident of Butte? 

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* 11. Do you have a preferred location for a food co-op in Butte?

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* 12. Some co-ops share space with other businesses. Would you like to see any other business types share a space with a food co-op in Butte? If so, what types?

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* 13. We welcome and greatly appreciate any additional ideas, comments or suggestions in the space below. If you would like to stay informed about a food co-op in Butte, please go to our webpage (https://buttefoodcoop.wordpress.com/) to join our notification list. All information will be held strictly confidential for our research purposes.

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* 14. It is important for us to have access to some demographic information for our feasibility study in order to make this co-op a reality. Would you be interested in answering demographic information to help us out? (optional, and your information will be kept private)

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