Fifteen owners participated with enthusiasm and commitment, developing strategies to (1) become profitable, (2) improve our visibility in this area, and (3) provide education and outreach to our community.
We had a fine diversity: male-female, younger-older, long-time owners â€“ newer owners. Co-op owner Pat Price gave us excellent facilitation, supporting the flow of good ideas in our brainstorming session.
Early discussion centered on our Ends Statement, the over-all, long-term goal of what PNFC wants to accomplish. We pondered whether we want a thriving business or a profitable one and decided that thriving seems to include profitable. At this time, our Ends Statement still reads: As a result of all our work, we will have â€“
- A friendly retail store that satisfies customers
- A strong and healthy local economy
- A thriving, cooperativelyâ€“owned business\
- Sustainable practices
Great stuff, huh? Wish you had been there.